Biography - John N. Storm

JOHN N. STORM belongs to an energetic, enterprising family of whom the young men early started out in life for themselves. Our subject is a general merchant in the village of Strasburg, and being thoroughly acquainted in the surrounding country, he has the advantage in both buying and selling. He of whom we write is a son of Hiram J. Storm, who was born in Ash Grove Township, Shelby County, this State. His mother was Harriet Rankin, who was born in Big Spring Township. Our subject's parents after marriage settled in Ash Grove Township. The mother died while her boys were young, passing away in 1868. The father is still living and is employed as a farmer in Big Spring Township. They were the parents of seven children and of these our subject is the fourth in order of birth. He was born in Ash Grove Township, Shelby County, this State, January 13, 1858, and was reared chiefly in Big Spring Township, remaining with his father until he was eighteen years old, when he came to Strasburg and was engaged in wagon making and repairing, and was thus occupied for about two years. He then went into the saloon business but continued in this only a short time and then engaged in the general mercantile business.
The original of our sketch carries a good and well-assorted stock of merchandise and enjoys a good trade. He has filled several local offices. He has been both village and township Constable, Justice of the Peace, Village Trustee and School Treasurer. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mr. Storm's marriage look place in Richland Township. His wife's maiden name was Anna B. Martin. She was a daughter of Jacob Martin, who died in Richland Township. She was born in Indiana. They are the parents of five children, three of whom only are living. Their names are Merton R., Orville and Ivy. Two died when very young. Mr. Storm affiliates with the Democratic party.
Our subject is a man who has a great deal of executive ability, and whose business dealings are on an extensive plane. He is engaged quite extensively in addition to his local business, in shipping eggs and poultry to the New York markets.

Extracted 09 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 262-263.

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