JAMES NEILL, of the firm of Neill & Co., manufacturers of and dealers in boots and shoes, Springfield. Mr.
Neill is a native of Chester Co., Penn, born May 9, 1829; his early youth was spent on a farm. At 16 years of age,
he began to learn the shoemaker's trade in Rockville, in his native county, and, after completing his apprenticeship,
worked there as a journeyman some two years, then went to Philadelphia, where he was employed eight years as foreman
in the cutting department of a large wholesale boot and shoe manufacturing firm. In 1854, he came West and located
at Springfield, and has since been identified with the boot and shoe trade of this city, with the exception of
a short interval, when he was employed as a traveling salesman in the same line. During the ten years previous
to the formation of the firm of which he is now a member, he was foreman of the manufacturing department of Reifsnider
& Brother of this city. It will thus be seen that the greater part of Mr. Neill's life thus far has been spent
in connection with his trade, and he has thus had unusual experience and opportunity to learn all the intricacies
of manufacturing, and the special wants of the people of this vicinity, which accounts in part for the marked success
of his present firm. He married, in 1856, Mary E., daughter of Jeremiah and Catharine Harris, who were residents
of this city. Her father is now deceased, but her mother still resides here, being quite advanced in years. This
union has been blessed with seven children, five of whom are living, two sons and three daughters, viz., Frank,
George, Mattie, Nettie and Annie, all of whom are members of the family household.
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