Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
O. G. Addleman is one of the successful business men of Sangamon county, who for eleven years has been identified with the interests of Barclay and Williams township. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, near Richmond, on the 21st of March, 1868. His paternal grandfather, William Addleman, removed from Pennsylvania to the Hoosier state in pioneer times and W. O. Addleman, the father of our subject was born in Wayne county. After reaching years of maturity he, too, gave his attention to agricultural pursuits, but he put aside all business and personal considerations in order to aid his county as a supporter of the Union cause in the war of the Rebellion. After his return to Wayne county he was married to Miss Catherine Draher, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Jacob Draher, whose birth occurred in Germany. Mr. Addleman removed with his family to Logan county, Illinois, where he was engaged in the painting business for a number of years. He afterward turned his attention to farming and he now holds a responsible position in the Joliet penitentiary.
O. G. Addleman was a youth of only about seven years when his parents located in Logan county. There he pursued his education, attending the Mount Pulaski high school and after finishing his studies he engaged in clerking for about four years. On the expiration of that period he entered the employ of the Mount Pulaski Coal Company, which he represented as collector for a few years. He then learned telegraphy and was in the employ of the Illinois Central Rialroad Company as station agent and telegraph operator at Barclay for three years. In 1892 he took charge of the mines here as representative of the coal company. In the same year he was appointed postmaster of Barclay and has continued to fill this position since that time. His business career has been characterized by strong purpose, laudable endeavor and ambition and his official service has displayed his loyalty to the best interests of those whom he represents.
In politics, Mr. Addleman is a stanch Republican and served as township collector, being chosen for the office by a very large majority. He was director of the schools for six years, has been a member of the township central committee for several years and has been a delegate to county and state conventions. In his positions he has always been found fair and impartial, neither fear nor favor swerving him in a course which he believe right.
Mr. Addleman was married in Logan county, in 1892, to Miss Hattie L.
Broughton, a native of that county, as was her father, Perry
Broughton. Three children grace this union: Omer Lincoln, Yvette E. and
Gladys F. Mrs. Addleman is a member of the Christian church and both our
subject and his wife are held in high esteem by many friends in Barclay and
throughout the surrounding district. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias
fraternity and has filled all of the offices in the local lodge, being now
a past chancellor. He belongs to Riverton Union Lodge, No. 786, A.F. & A.
M., to Springfield Chapter, No. 1, R.A. M., and to the Knight Templar
Commandery, No. 6. He is also identified with the Order of the Eastern
Star and he belongs to Industrial Lodge, No. 550, I.O.O.F. He has filled
all of its offices and is a past grand. His membership relations also
connect him with the Modern Woodmen and with the Court of Honor of which
his wife is also a member. He is an active, energetic business man, quick
to recognize and improve opportunity and he stands high in public regard by
reason of his devotion to upright manly principles.