Biography of Daniel R. Stocum
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Daniel R. Stocum, dealer in dry goods, clothing, furniture, etc., Rockford, was born in Delaware Co., N. Y., Nov. 21, 1840, and is a son of Orin Stocum, who died when our subject was but eight years old. He came with his mother to Courtland tp. in 1856. He began to teach at the age of 19. In 1883 he went to Chicago and attended Bryant & Stratton's business college. In 1864 he went to Ottawa, Ill., and there clerked for John Tarbell four months, then returned to Courtland Center and clerked for Geo. T. Saunderson one year. He then, in 1865, came to Rockford and formed a partnership with John W. Barker, in general merchandising. This was discontinued after one year's duration, and he then clerked one year for John J. Ely, of Rockford. In 1867 he established his present business, and now, in company with Chas. F. Sears, has the largest store in town, and is doing a very large business. He was married July 30, 1865, to Miss Nettie Hooper, by whom he has two children - Clarence and Rowland. He was Town Clerk one year and has held some office in the village of Rockford nearly ever since it was incorporated. He is a member of the Masonic order.

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