HENRY S. WALBRIDGE, lumberman, Junction. One of the substantial and enterprising citizens of Burkville Precinct is Mr. Henry S. Walbridge, the subject of this sketch. He was born in Bennington, Vt., on the 1st of January, 1821. His father, Eliphalet Walbridge, was a native of New York, where he died in about 1827. Sally (Strong) Walbridge, subject's mother, was a native of Vergennes, Vt., born January 8, 1801. After the death of Mr. Walbridge, she married Prof. D. D. Tuthill, of Edenton, S. C.; she was the mother of nine children, of whom four are now living — Henry S., the subject of this sketch; Egbert E. Walbridge; Mrs. Mary E. (Tuthill) Pierson, and Richard S. Tuthill, a prominent lawyer of Chicago. Henry S. Walbridge was educated in New York and Southern Illinois, principally under the instruction of his stepfather. He has been chiefly engaged in the saw mill business, and was one of the first who used the circular saw in Southern Illinois, the great lumber region of the State. He first engaged in the business in Jackson County, Ill., in 1845, and continued the same in different parts of the State with marked success until 1883, when he sold his mill, which was located at Burkville. He may now be classed among the retired men of Pulaski County, enjoying in the latter years of his life those comforts and pleasures which ever result from honesty, industry and economy. Mr. Walbridge has been twice married, first to Miss Rebecca J. Phelps, who died leaving four children, of whom Mrs. Sally Hawkins is now living. His second was Matilda Green, a native of Ohio. She died in Pulaski County, Ill., in 1861, leaving two children as the result of their union — Eliza B. and Charles H., who married Miss Hattie D. Ent. Mr. W. is an active member of the Masonic fraternity, and an ardent Republican, and during the war did great service in organizing the “Union League."
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 337-338.