WARREN K. BARTLESON, merchant and miller, New Grand Chain, was born December 20, 1835, in Morgan County, Ohio. He obtained his early education in his native county, and his parents removing to Pulaski County when he was eight years old, he continued his studies here. He was raised on the farm, and has given a large share of his attention to farming, but during his life has been engaged in various occupations. In July, 1861, he enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry; but Company H, to which he belonged, was never in the regiment; the latter was captured, and afterward paroled, and by an order of War Department, was mustered out at St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Bartleson was among the first federal troops to enter Memphis after its surrender, and was at the bombardment of Fort Madrid, and entered it the morning after its evacuation. He returned home, and May 10, 1863, was united in marriage to H. Amelia Porter, born March 16, 1846, a daughter of David and Tirzah (Vandeveer) Porter. Mr. and Mrs. Bartleson are the parents of seven children, four of whom are living — Sarah M., born September 8, 1864; Charles W., October 16, 1867; Marcus D., August 13, 1870, and John F., July 27, 1872. After the war, Mr. Bartleson engaged in stock-dealing and farming, and shortly afterward went to merchandising, which he followed from 1864 to 1870. In 1872, he moved to his present place, and built a fine residence the following year. He owns several hundred acres of land in the precinct. He was one of three to lay off New Grand Chain. They built a depot in which he merchandized from 1873 to 1876. In the fall of 1877, he went to Texas, and for six months ran a general store at Hutchings. Upon his return to New Grand Chain, he purchased a half interest in the Pulaski flouring mills, and a few years later became its sole owner. In the spring of 1883, in company with J. R. Porter, his brother-in-law, he purchased the store of J. W. Gaunt, and they have since run it. They carry a general stock, and opposite the store have a warehouse filled with a line of coffins, wagons, etc. Mr. Bartleson is a member of the A., F. & A. M., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 660, and also the Good Templars, Mayflower Lodge, No. 144. He is Democratic in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 301-302.