Oscar Robert Laraway. - One of Joliet's prominent men is Oscar Robert Laraway, attorney, who has offices in
the Will County National Bank Building. He was born in Joliet Township, Will County, June 3, 1886, the son of Oscar
Wallace and Margaret (Tait) Laraway, both deceased.
John Shutts and Catherine (Cole) Shutts, maternal great grandparents of Oscar Robert Laraway, came from Columbia
County, N. Y., to Joliet in 1855 and lived on a farm southeast of Joliet. His paternal great grandparents, James
and Elizabeth (Pocock) Laraway, came from Oneida County, N. Y., to Joliet in 1852, and lived on a farm southeast
of Joliet. His ancestors served in the American Revolution, in the War of 1812, and in the Patriot's War.
The early life of Oscar Robert Layaway was spent in Joliet and on a farm in Joliet Township, five miles southeast
of Joliet. He obtained his education in Rose Hill country school, Joliet Township High School, and in June, 1911,
he received his degree from the College of Law, University of Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in the State
of Illinois in October, 1911, and engaged in private practice until 1914. He was then associated in partnership
with Judge Benjamin Olin until 1920, at which time Judge Olin died. Since that date Mr. Laraway has practiced alone.
He was appointed Referee in Bankruptcy of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
in May, 1918.
On Aug. 15, 1916, Mr. Laraway was united in marriage with Miss Stella Imogene Bigelow, who was born at Nilwood,
Macoupin County, Ill., Jan. 18, 1886. She is the daughter of Charles Edward and Caroline (Venible) Bigelow. On
her paternal side she traces her lineage back through the royal lines of England and France to 495 A. D., when
Cedric the Saxon, First King of the West Saxons landed in England; on her maternal side, through the nobility of
France to 1052. She is descended on both sides from a long line of Colonial ancestors who settled in New England
and Virginia as early as 1630. Her ancestors held many importent offices in Colonial government and served in the
American Revolution, King Phillips War, Pequot War, King George's War, and in the Civil War. Such names as Fogg,
Venible, Cooledeg, Whittier, Loomis, Page, Reeder, Olmstead, and Day appear in her lineage book. Her paternal grandparents,
John Russell and Lucinda (Fogg) Bigelow, came from Vermont to Waverly, Ill., about 1850; her maternal grandparents,
William and Caroline (Enyart) Venible, came from Hanover, Ohio, to Carlinville, Ill., in 1865. The early life of
Mrs. Laraway was spent at Nilwood, Ill., and in 1889 she removed to Joliet with her parents. She was graduated
from Joliet Township High School in 1904, and from the College of Liberal Arts, Northwestern University, in June,
1908. Before her marriage she was an instructor in the English department of the Joliet Township High School. She
is identified with the Louis Joliet Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and also belongs to the Womens
Club of Joliet.
Mr. and Mrs. Laraway have a son, Robert Bigelow Laraway, who was born at Joliet, Feb. 6, 1922.
Mr. Laraway is a member of the following organizations: Mt. Joliet Lodge, No. 42, F. & A. M., Joliet Chapter,
No. 27, R. A. M., Joliet Commandery, No. 4, K. T.; Medinah Temple; Order of the Mystic Shrine; B. P. O. Elks, No.
296; and Association of Commerce. He is a member of the Will County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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