LAWRENCE J. NORTON, station agent, and agent of the United States Express Company, Shellsburg, has been a citizen of that place for four years. He was born in Earlville, Ill., Aug. 16, 1855. His father, W. H. Norton, is a native of Maine, and his mother, Adelaide (Smith) Norton, was born in Massachussetts. Both came to Illinois before marriage and settled near Earlville, and were numbered among the earliest settlers of that place. The mother died in 1876, leaving four children — Lawrence, Finette, Harriet and Maud. The father still lives, and is now residing in Earlville, engaged in railroading. He was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in Mulligan's Brigade, and serving four years.
Lawrence J. Norton was educated at Earlville. In 1872 he commenced railroading as a telegraph operator, serving the C., B. & Q. R. R. Co. for nine years. He was then promoted to the position of station agent, and served the said company in that capacity for three years; then was train baggage-man one year. He then went to Minnesota and entered the employment of the M. & St. L. R. R, as station agent at Waseca, where he remained one year, at the end of which time he entered the employ of the B., C. R. & N. R. R., first as an extra agent, and in the month of December, 1881, was given charge of the station at Shellsburg.
Mr. Norton was married, Oct. 19, 1880, to Alice Kellum, daughter of H. F. and Sarah (French) Kellum, a native of Illinois. One child has blest this union — Mabel.He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the I. O. O. F., both subordinate lodge and encampment; in polities Mr. N. affiliates with the Republican party.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 264 & 269.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 9th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.