ROBERT B. BARTLESON, of Bartleson & Lipe, grocers, New Grand Chain, was born in Stark County, Ohio, March 31, 1829, a twin brother to William. His early schooling was limited. He received what little he did get in Morgan County, his parents removing to that county when he was small. He came with his parents to Pulaski County in 1843, and took up farming for an occupation. In 1852, he made a purchase of land, and up to 1878 he was engaged in farming. At the latter date, he sold out and went to Kansas, returning a year later, and in March, 1880, went into the family grocery business, in which he has since been engaged. In May, 1881, he took in Frank D. Lipe as a partner. In August, 1862, Mr. Bartleson enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col. Nimmo. He served a few months in this regiment, in Company K. The remaining eleven companies were arrested at Holly Springs, and while they were under arrest Company K went into the Ninety-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The company was afterward transferred to the Eleventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, whose depleted ranks were filled up by many from the old One Hundred and Ninth. They were mustered out in July, 1865. May 9, 1852, subject was married to Eliza A. Youngblood, a daughter of Absalom Youngblood, of Pulaski County. Mr. and Mrs. Bartleson are the parents of seven children, six of whom are living — Augustus A., Viola J., Mary E., Missouri M., Robert B. and Harry. Mr. Bartleson is a member of the K. of H., and, with his wife, of the K. & L. of H. In political affairs, he votes for whom he considers the best man. He is the owner of Bartleson's Hall and building, and also a residence and other property in New Grand Chain.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 300.