Bio: Loomis, James Leander (1830 - 1890)

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Surnames: Loomis, Ledyard, Farnum, Merrill, Cheney, Garfield, Hayden, Hickok


----Source: 1881 History of Northern, Wisconsin


James Leander Loomis (4 Jul 1830, Jefferson, OH - 16 Sep 1890, Pomona, CA)

 JAMES L. LOOMIS, Postmaster and dealer in general merchandise, Merrillan, was born in Ohio, July 4, 1830; came West in 1854, and settled at Black River Falls, Jackson Co., Wis.; taught school for six terms; commenced clerking for Ledyard, Farnum & Co., for about three years. The business changed hands three times. In 1859, Mr. Loomis started in business for himself in company with L. G. Merrill, and was burnt out in 1860, at the time of the big fire there, then moved across the street and commenced again. In 1862, sold out to Merrill & Cheney, and in the same year began clerking for the same firm, of which he had formerly been a member; remained there until 1866; took an interest with Merrill Bros, in a store at Hixton, and continued there until 1870; removed to Merrillan and started a store under the firm name of Merrill & Loomis, continuing the same until Aug. 28, 1879, since which time Mr. Loomis has conducted the business himself. He was married April 6, 1857, to Miss Kate Jean (Catherine Jeane) who was born in Indiana, Dec. 3, 1832. They have one daughter, Imogene; is a member of the Good Templars and of the Baptist Church at Black River Falls. He has held the office of District Treasurer, since 1870, in Merrillan; was a member of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, at Hiram, Ohio, and was a fellow-student there with the late Pres. James A. Garfield.

*James Leander Loomis was the son of James Loomis and Betsy Hickok

Hiram College (pictured above) is a private liberal arts college located in Hiram, Ohio. It was founded in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute by Amos Sutton Hayden of the Disciples of Christ Church. The college is nonsectarian and coeducational, and has sustained an egalitarian tradition of educating men and women from diverse backgrounds.

1870 Federal Census, 7 July, Hixton, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, United States, pg. 7

James L Loomis, white male merchant

Estate: $1,000, personal: $4,000

Household Members
James L Loomis M 40y Ohio
Catharine Loomis F 37y Indiana
Emma J Loomis F 3y Wisconsin


1880 Federal Census, Alma, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 263


James L. Loomis, white, married, male
occupation : Merchant
father's birthplace : Massachusetts, United States
mother's birthplace : New York, United States

Household Members
self James L. Loomis M 49 Ohio, United States
wife Kate J. Loomis F 47 Indiana, United States
daughter Emma J. Loomis F 13 Wisconsin, United States



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