E. M. TITUS, merchant and fruit-grower, was born in Auburn, Cayuga Co., N. Y., January 2, 1829, son of G. W. and Jerusha (Sutphin) Titus. They were natives of Middlesex County, N. J., both born in 1800. After marriage they moved into New York. In 1839, they moved to Franklin County, Ohio, where they died, she in 1844, he in 1862. They were the parents of four sons, three of whom still survive, the other being killed by Indians in Oregon. I. S. is a physician in San Francisco, the other, A. R., is a cabinet-maker in Michigan. For some years, our subject was engaged in the distilling business in Ohio. In 1855, he went to California, where he was engaged in mining, but in 1860 he came to Cairo, Ill., and was in the wholesale grocery house of Trover & Miller. In 1867, he located in Villa Ridge, and engaged in the general merchandise business, and has been here since, having different partners in business. In 1877, Mr. E. J. Ayers bought an interest in the store, and has continued since. They carry a complete general stock of about $10,000, with annual sales reaching $30,000. Mr. Titus has been Postmaster of Village Ridge since March 1, 1873. In Ohio, in 1854, he was married to Christina Montgomery. She was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, to John and Mary (Markley) Montgomery, both of whom are natives of Ohio and still living. Mr. and Mrs. Titus have five children, viz.: John, Frances, Mary, Seth and George. He is member of I. O. O. F. In politics, is Republican. Mr. Titus resides about two and one-half miles east of Villa Ridge, where he has a fruit farm, having eighty acres, about one-half being in fruit and vegetables.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 296.