M.O. ATTERBERRY LEFT HIS MARK
On the Business and Cultural Life
M.O. Atterberry, 1861-1927 was a man with high
aims and fine purpose. He taught schools at
Lafayette, Hazel Dell and Oakford in his early years,
before entering the business world. Starting as a clerk
in the Pestel Drug Store, he eventually bought a
partnership and shortly thereafter, the entire store.
With this beginning he expanded his business to
include a general store which was so large it was
called "Sears Roebuck of Oakford." At one time, he
employed 11 clerks and carried a complete line of
clothing, drugs, hardware, farm supplies, a millinery
shop, and ice cream parlor and also had the post office
for a time.
He served as a clerk for the Modern Woodman Lodge;
organized the First National Bank of Oakford and became
its first president. Mr. Atterberry was one of the founders
of the Oakford Stock Company and served as cashier
at auction sales.
From the time he came to Oakford in 1893 until he
moved to Waukegan, Illinois in 1917-18 he played a
great part in the development of Oakford.
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