BENJAMIN C. PRUETT, general railroad and express agent, Wetaug, was born in Marion County, Ill., September 29, 1851, a son of Jarrett W. and Susan M. (Corwin) Pruett; he is a native of Virginia, and she of Kentucky. They are farmers, and are living in Kinmundy, Ill., and are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living — Francis A., Meredith M., Elizabeth J., Benjamin C., Rosa M. and Burwell S. The common schools of his native county afforded our subject a fair education, and his early life was spent in assisting his father on the home farm. About 1877, he commenced learning telegraphy and general railroading at Kinmundy, Ill., and in September, 1880, took charge of the office at Wetaug, which position he still retains. He has charge of the telegraph, express and freight departments. He is noted for his many genial qualities, and is held in popular esteem by all. He married Nellie B., born January 16, 1862, a daughter of Frederick G. and Rebecca J. (Nalley) Ulen, residents of Pulaski County. Mr. Pruett is a member of the I. O. O. F., Dongola. No. 343. Politically, he is a Republican.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 323-324.