John W. Channel was born March 10, 1849, in Licking County, Ohio, a son of Solomon and Elizabeth (Wamsley) Channel, the former born in Shenandoah County, Va., in July, 1801, and the latter a native of Licking County, Ohio, born in 1810. His father settled in Rutland Township, where he bought 160 acres of land, and lived there many years, when he came to Dayton where he died. His death occurred at the home of our subject, in the spring of 1875. John W. was but two years old when his parents settled here, and here he was reared, receiving only a limited education. He first engaged in business at St. Louis in partnership with John W. Deming, manufacturing horse collars by hand. He sold his interest to his partner on account of poor health, and engaged in his present business in March, 1882, and is carrying a complete stock of groceries. The business was established in 1871, by J. T. Makinson. Mr. Channel was married June 27, 1868, to Josephine M. Makinson, daughter of G. W. and Charlotte B. (Evans) Makinson. They have one child living – Eva M., born in Dayton, Ill., July 31, 1869. John, Lulu and an infant are deceased. Politically Mr. Channel is a Republican.1
See also his entry in the CEMETERY section.
- History of La Salle County, Illinois, 2 vols. (Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co.,1886), 2: 89.