L. G. McCOLLUM (deceased), formerly of Squires & grocers, was born at Marysville, Union Co., Ohio, March
17, 1840. His father, John McCollum, was born near Glasgow, Scotland, and came to America in 1812. He was a pioneer
of Clark County, and there resided a number of years. He subsequently lived in both Union and Madison Counties,
but now resides at South Charleston, Clark County, in his seventy fourth year. He was a cabinet maker, and later
a carpenter, through active life. He married Margaret Irven, a native of London. They are the parents of thirteen
children, all living but two. Mrs. McCollum is still living, and is seventy two years of age. The subject of this
notice was the fourth child, and was reared mostly in Clark County. He learned telegraphy when quite young, and
worked at it eight years. On August 22, 1865, he came to London in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Company,
and took charge of their office, remaining in that position four years. He was then engaged in agricultural pursuits
for two years, and when the C. S. & C. (now the I. B. & W.) Railway was opened to Georgesville, Franklin
County, he was put in charge of the office. He was subsequently employed for Fitch & McCorry, coal dealers,
two years, and then accepted a position as passenger conductor on the C., S. & C. Railroad, which he held for
nine years. On May 9, 1882, in company with W. S. Squires, he purchased stock and trade of Isaac G. Peetrey, grocer,
of London, and was a member of the firm of Squires & McCollum until it was dissolved, August 26, 1882. He died
September 9, 1882, and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, near London. He was a member of the Odd Fellow fraternity,
a Thirty second degree Mason, a member of Mount Vernon Commandery, No. 1, Knights' Templar, of Columbus, also.
connected with the Railroad Conductors' Union and the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was Republican in politics.
Mr. McCollum was married, June 13, 1867, to Laura B. Squires, daughter of W. H. and Catherine (Phifer) Squires.
There were three children given them - Louise G., Reed S. and Harry K. Mrs. McCollum and the two oldest children
are also members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Madison County, Ohio Biographies
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