Oliver W. Trumbo – Biography

O. W. Trumbo was born in Rockingham County, Va., April 5, 1824. He was reared and educated in his native county, remaining there till twenty-eight years of age. In 1850 he came to La Salle County, Ill., and in 1852 his parents followed him to this county. They located on Buck Creek, where the father died in 1853, aged fifty-five years. His ancestors were all Virginians, and the same property remained in the family over 100 years, the father of our subject selling it when he came West. For six years after coming to La Salle County Mr. Trumbo followed farming, and in 1857 became associated with the Greens in the woolen-mill in Dayton, remaining a member of the firm till the failure in 1873, and has since then given his attention to agriculture. Mr. Trumbo was married Oct. 15, 1854, to Rebecca Green, daughter of John and Barbara (Grove) Green. They have two children – Jessie Gertrude, born June 1, 1867, and Frankie Ray, born Nov. 30, 1876, died March 8, 1884. In politics Mr. Trumbo is a Democrat. He has served his township two years as Collector, ten years as Assessor, and three years as Road Commissioner. He was Postmaster of Dayton four years during President Lincoln’s administration. In religious faith he and his wife are Universalists.1

See also his entry in the CEMETERY section.

  1. History of La Salle County, Illinois, 2 vols. (Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co.,1886), 2: 100-101.