Biography of Soloman Thatcher, Jr.


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SOLOMON THATCHER, Jr., real estate dealer, office Room 50, 97 Clark Street, was born in Hopewell Centre, Ontario Co., N. Y., in 1833, and came West to Chicago in He was connected with the American Express Company as express messenger between Detroit and Chicago for some time, and assistant agent of the company at the Michigan Central Railroad depot for some years, "off and on." During a portion of that period he attended Palmyra high school and Lima Wesleyan Seminary. New York. In 1868 he engaged in real estate business at Chicago, which he still continues, and is also a member of the firm of Keyes & Thatcher, manufacturers and dealers in stone, lime, etc., and owners of the block stone quarry that is becoming so popular in building residences. In 1874 the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed a committee to look up grounds on Lake Michigan to establish a Martha's Vineyard of the West. and Mr. Thatcher was on the committee. In 1875, from that appointment he was appointed president of Lake Bluff, in Lake County, Ill., and was the original founder of the same. He was also one of three persons appointed at Chicago to make arrangements for the building of Moody's Tabernacle, and was also a member of the executive committee to build the same. Mr. Thatcher has resided at River Forest some fifteen years or more, and was one of the organizers of the River Forest Literary Society, formed some fourteen years ago. Also he and his family gave to the town the beautiful Church finished off in hardwood, taken from Thatcher Park. He has been a director of the school for nearly nine years, and is Postmaster of the place at present.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.