Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
LORD, JOHN HENRY, a prominent citizen of Springfield, Ill., is well known in railroad circles, having worked thirty-one years in various lines of railroad work. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, May 27, 1860, son of Philander Augusta and Margaret Ann (Oliver) Lord. The father was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and is now retired from active life. The mother was born in Mechanicsburg, Ill., March 1, 1832.
John H. Lord received his education in the public schools of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., and after leaving school engaged in mechanical work, which he continued three years, then began working for a railroad company and filled various positions before securing his present one, that of District Passenger Agent for the Illinois Central Company. He is well qualified for the work under his charge, having been so long engaged in similar occupations, and understands thoroughly every detail of it. He has always been enterprising, industrious and energetic, making his own way in the world by ability and ambition. He is a Republican in politics, and for the past twenty years has been a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is not a member of any church, although a frequent attendant, and his parents attended the Christian Church.
Mr. Lord was married, at Chestnut, Ill., July 28, 1881, to Miss Laura, daughter of George W., and Caroline (Skeene) Harcourt, who was born at Indianapolis, Ind., June 9, 1857. Two children have blessed this union: Clara Idola, born October 26, 1882, and Vernon Harcourt, born June 3, 1890. Mr. Lord owns the family home at 922 North Fourth street, Springfield, as well as property in the State of Missouri.