Biography of John Skelton
Cook County, Il Biographies

SKELTON, JOHN. - Born at Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Son of Jeremiah and Emma Jane Skelton. His parents, who were of English birth, came to the United States in 1870, settling at Bloomington, Ill. He received his education in both English and American public schools. Came to Chicago in 1883. Joined a minstrel company at eleven years of age and was known as "Johnnie Mann, the boy wonder," playing cornet solos. He has been solo cornetist of the Union Square theater, New York; was with Gilmore's band and with the Litta concert company; has played the cornet in Dr. Thomas' People's church for eight years, and at the Columbia, McVicker's and Hooley's theaters at different times. Is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Royal League. Was married Sept. 25, 1883, to Miss Nellie Bangs, daughter of Judge Mark Bangs, of Chicago.


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The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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