Henry Talley, junior member of the mercantile firm of Talley & Son, at
Oraville, Illinois, belongs to the younger generation of business men of
Southern Illinois, whose enthusiasm and enterprise have done so much toward
developing of late years the commercial interests of this section. Born on a
farm and reared to agricultural pursuits, he has shown himself quick to
adapt himself to his new occupation, and has educated himself in modern
methods of doing business to such an extent that he has introduced several
up-to-date innovations in his business and is rapidly making a place for
himself among the substantial men of his community. Mr. Talley is a native
of Jackson county, and has spent his entire career here.
Henry Talley's early life was spent on his father's farm, and his education was secured in the public schools, while attending which he assisted his father in the work around the homestead. As a youth, however, he manifested a desire to give up the cultivation of the soil and engage in some more congenial occupation, and for some years he followed railroading. He had always had a desire to enter the mercantile field, and when his father informed him of his purpose to purchase the business of Mr. Bradley, young Talley became his partner, and the association has since continued. A business connection of this kind is one of the best that can be formed, the conservatism of the older man and his experience in matters of business counterbalancing the more daring ventures of youth. Both father and son in this case have many warm personal friends in this community, and the manner in which they are being supported in their new venture speaks well for the future of the concern. Henry Talley, like his father, is a stanch supporter of Republican principles, but he has been too much wrapped up in his private interests to think of entering the political field. He is unmarried, and makes his home with his parents at their present residence at Oraville.
Extracted 11 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, by George W. Smith, volume 3, page 1151.
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