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Boon, Maitland. -The bare facts of Mr. Boon's life tell a tale eloquent of good work when read by the light of experience. Born sixty-four years ago, in the village of Watertown, N. Y., he entered the service of the Union Bank when it commenced business, and in whose employ he served until 1856, serving in the capacity of bookkeeper, teller and cashier. At the end of his service he removed to Quincy, Ill., where he with others started the Bank of Quincy; he was elected cashier, and during the financial troubles of 1857-8 piloted it through safely, kept it open every business day, and paid all demands at sight; this bank voluntarily closed business in 1860. Mr. Boon was elected mayor of Quincy, Ill., in 1867, and was honored by reelection in 1869. From 1861 to 1865 he was engaged, in company with his father inlaw, Robert Tillson, in manufacturing horse equipments and infantry accoutrements for the U. S. government, furnishing the equipments for over 130,000 soldiers during the late war, under the firm name of Robert Tillson & Co. February 24, 1859, Mr. Boon married Emily L., daughter of Robert and Charlotte (Field) Tillson, who were of English-Scotch descent, the first representatives of the family having come to this country in the Mayflower in 1620. In politics Mr. Boon is a Democrat. As a man of affairs it is but just to say that Mr. Boon has ever combined caution. sagacity and enterprise with an integrity of purpose which no circumstances could alter or permit of a sacrifice of principle.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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