G. H. LUFKIN, fruit-grower and merchant, Villa Ridge, was born in Auburn, Me., June 5, 1851, son of Joseph Lufkin. (See sketch.) Our subject is the youngest of the family. He received his education in Auburn, Me., and in Villa Ridge, and then attended the Illinois State University at Champaign, taking the civil engineer course, but quit school when he lacked but two terms of graduation. He then taught school for one year, when he bought an interest in a saw mill in Missouri, which he kept for a year. In 1877, he engaged in the fruit culture at Villa Ridge, and has been very successful. His fruit farm is one mile west of the village. He has in vineyard 8,000 vines, this being one of the largest in the State. Also grows strawberries quite extensively. In 1882, he engaged in the mercantile business in Villa Ridge, carrying a general stock of about $6,000, with sales for the year reaching about $15,000. But Mr. Lufkin remains on his farm most of his time, giving it his personal attention. October 15, 1882, he was married to Miss Nettie V. Hooppaw, daughter of W. R. Hooppaw. (See sketch.) In politics, he is Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 292.