PARK, Andrew, for many years actively identified with the coal mining industry, now lives retired, enjoying the comforts of a very pleasant home, at Viola, Mercer county, Ill., where he owns property accumulated through his own industry. Andrew park was born at Manchester, New Hampshire, October 3, 1839, a son of Andrew and Allice (Agnes) (Irwin) Park. Andrew Park, the father, was born in Scotland and was young when he came to America and took up his residence at Manchester, N.H., where he continued to live until 1852, when he moved to Rock Island, Illinois. Being a practical miner he followed mining as an occupation until the time of his death. He married Alice (Irwin) and they had three sons and seven daughters born to them, of whom Andrew was the youngest, a sister, Mrs. Ellen Lewis, who lives at Moline, Ill., with him, being the only survivors of this family. Andrew Park was eleven years old when his father came with his family to Rock Island County, and as soon as his school days were over he became a miner and was working in Rock Island County when the Civil War broke out. Company A, of the Thirty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was mainly recruited at Rock Island and he enlisted in this company for three years, the commander of his regiment being Col. Julius White. After his first term of enlistment expired, he reenlisted in the same regiment, at Brownsville, Tex., and his second enlistment did not expire until May 16, 1866, when he was honorably discharged. He returned home by way of New Orleans and from there up the Mississippi river to St. Louis, Mo., and thence by railroad to Rock Island, reaching that city June 2, 1866. Although he was a brave and faithful soldier, never shirking any duty, he was never either wounded or made a prisoner, and returned to peacful pursuits practically unharmed. During his service he took part in many battles and mong them are included: Pea Ridge, Cape Girardeau, Vicksburg and Fort Blakeley, together with all the skirmishes and long marches of his regiment. He is a member of Viola Post, No. 440, G.A.R.
After Andrew Park came back to Illinois he resimed mining and followed it until he retired from active labor, he began at the bottom and through his industry and reliability climbed until he became a mine manager, a position of great responsibility, the comfort and even lives of many men frequently being more or less in his charge. On August 1, 1866, at Harper House, Rock Island, Andrew Park was married to Miss Johanna Hunter, who was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania (Pa), July 23, 1844, a daughter of Elliott and Catherine Hunter. Her parents were born in Pennsylvania and came to Rock Island County in 1852, where the father followed farming. To Mr. and Mrs. Park six children were born, four sons and two daughters, and the survivors are: Elliott, who is a farmer living near Moline; Erwin, who is residing at Moline; Catherine, who is the wife of Asbury Griffen, living at Viola, Mercer County; John, who is living at Peoria; and Ira, who is residing at Rock Island. Mr. and Mrs. Park have been blessed in many ways and not the least of these has been the possession of a creditable family which in the second generation has increased until they have 189 grandchildren. They are members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Park is no active politician, but is a republican in his views."
[Transcribed 06 January 2007, SLJuhl, compiler]
1). SOURCE: BOOK--"HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS, EDITED BY NEWTON BATEMAN, LL.D. AND PAUL SELBY, A.M. AND HISTORY OF ROCK ISLAND COUNTY (HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL) BY SPECIAL AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS VOLUME II ILLUSTRATED, CHICAGO MUNSELL PUBLISHING COMPANY PUBLISHERS, 1914. (Rock Island County Library)"