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Transcribed biography of Kellogg Brothers

ALFRED KELLOGG was born in Wayne County, Penn., January 30, 1823. His father, Azor Kellogg, was born in the same place January 24, 1796, and was a farmer and lumberman. He married Nancy Stevens in 1820, and in August 1849, to gratify the wishes of his children, came West and located with his wife and youngest son in McHenry County, Ill., leaving the others behind to close up affairs. In 1850, He came to Valparaiso, where he purchased, in connection with his son Dennis, and son-in-law Daniel S. White, the old foundry on Block 16, Lot 5, Main Street. The firm name was Kellogg & White until 1851, when his sons in Pennsylvania, Alfred and John, came out and added to the business a cabinet ship and a machine shop. In 1860, Mr. White, who had previously withdrawn, was again taken in, and a planing mill was added, also a general lumber business by Alfred Kellogg, who was the first general lumber merchant in Valparaiso. The same year, the business was removed to a point near the P., Ft. W. & C. R. R. depot. In due course of time, the father withdrew from the firm, and is not living retired. His wife died in January 1879, and lies buried in the city cemetery. Mr. White again withdrew in 1864. The three brothers now have a two-story brick building, 50x60 feet, with an engine-room attached, 12x24, with the latest and best machinery, driven by a twelve-horse power steam engine. They have an average force of twelve men, and do business all over Porter and the adjoining counties. They are the inventors of some threshers, mowers and reapers that stand in the front rank, especially the "Kellogg Mower." Alfred Kellogg was married in Pennsylvania, in September 1845 to Martha Norton, who died December 10 of the same year. In May 1848 he married Isadora Chase. By her he has one child living - Martha.

JOHN W. KELLOGG, of the firm was born in Wayne County, Penn., April 13, 1825; was educated in the public schools, and in 1849 married Abigail J. Hull, born in Wayne July 28, 1824, and daughter of William and Elizabeth (Spangenberg) Hull. Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg came to Valparaiso with Alfred and his family. He is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the M. E. Church and parents of five children - Silas W., Fortunatus G., Nettie, Lizzie N. and Abbie Bell.

DENNIS A. KELLOGG was born May 20, 1830; married July 14, 1852, to Lucinda Norton, and came to Valparaiso with his parents. Besides being an equal partner with his brothers in the foundry, he conjointly with them owns an eighty-acre farm in Liberty Township, and twenty-four acres near the Porter County fair grounds, and individually owns his private residence. He is a Republican. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and they have had two children - Adelbert and Mark, the latter deceased.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 254-255

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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