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Interior View of the Union National Bank in Macomb
Interior View of the Union National Bank in Macomb
TitleInterior View of the Union National Bank in Macomb
Photo Number000682.JPG
CollectionDigital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)
KeywordsMacomb Square East Side Union National Bank Man Men Interior Buildings Businesses
Subject HeadingMacomb--Banks (Union National)
DescriptionThe photograph shows Mr. Morley at the center back and Albert Eads at the right. "Albert Eads Passed Away." Albert Eads, one of the city's most prominent business men and financiers, died at his late residence, 305 South Randolph street, at 4:05 yesterday afternoon, aged 80 years and 16 days. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, under the auspices of the Masons; interment in Oakwood cemetery. The casket will not be opened at the church but friends are invited to call at the home and view the remains, the casket being open until 3:30 p.m. Failing Health Several Years. While he had been in failing health for the past three years, yet his death came very sudden even to his nearest relatives. It cannot be said that it was unexpected, even to those who were not so intimately acquainted but there was nothing in his condition 30 minutes before he passed away to indicate the end was near. He had been in about his usual health, no change being noticeable even to his family. About 20 minutes to 4 yesterday afternoon he took a sudden change for the worse and so rapid was his decline that he died at 4:05. About three years ago he first began to decline noticeably in health, but a vigorous constitution and a clean life enabled him to combat the disease and his unflagging will kept up the fight to the end. He suffered a light stroke and this gradually decimated his condition despite his unfaltering battle. But for a fall he suffered just 14 weeks ago, he might have survived for some time. He was answering a call at the telephone and as he turned he fell in such a manner as to fracture the hip. Since then, he has been confined to his bed and the loss of exercise also proved a big handicap to a man who had spent such a vigorous life. The accident happened at 4 o'clock, and he died at 4:05 just 14 weeks after the fall. A Native of Illinois. Albert Eads was born at Knoxville, this state, April 23, 1842, a son of John and Margaret Anderson Eads, they being natives of Kentucky and North Carolina, respectively. His mother died when he was but three years of age and his early childhood was spent with the family of his grandfather in Morgan county, until he was 12 years old. He then joined his father at Knoxville, and there attended school and received his education, remaining until 1861, except one year previous in which he attended school at East Hampton, Mass. Served Through the Civil War. When the war broke out and President Lincoln called for volunteers he enlisted in Co. C 51st infantry, his date of enlistment being December 1861, and he was at once promoted to the position of second lieutenant and before he had reached the age of 21 years, he was promoted to first lieutenant. His army life contained many exciting incidents, as befell those who took active part in the hostilities of '61-'65, and his record as a soldier was a source of much gratification to him throughout his entire life. In February 1864, while engaged in his duties as a soldier, he received a severe fall and was transferred from active service to that of a military conductor between Nashville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala. It was while in the performance of this duty that he was captured by the noted confederate cavalry leader, Gen. J.B. Forrest. He was kept a prisoner from September, when captured until November, when he exchanged and returned to active duty. Was Honored Foe. During the battle of Stone river an incident occurred that formed an interesting chapter in Mr. Eads' life. With his second lieutenant and 16 men he captured Lieutenant Dunlap, a Confederate officer with 85 of his men. The Confederate officer surrendered his sword and Mr. Eads kept it as a souvenir of the war. Some years later, about 1893, with his wife he was travelling with in the south and learning of a gathering of Confederates he attended their meeting, introduced himself and they spent a time in pleasant reminiscences. During the conversation Mr. Eads told them of the incident of the capture at Stone River and said that if he could locate that officer or his family, he would return the sword, feeling that it would be of even greater value to them than to him. The kind act of a former foe pleased the ex-confederates and they inserted a notice in a paper issued for the southern soldiers, recounting the incident and the offer of Mr. Eads. This led to the locating of Lieutenant Dunlap, who at once corresponded with Mr. Eads and the sword was returned to him. Lieutenant Dunlap extended a cordial invitation to Mr. Eads, if he was ever in the south, to call on him, and a short time later Mr. and Mrs. Eads, being on a visit in the section, called on the former foe at his home near Blue Springs, Miss., and had a most pleasant visit. Their stay was short and it was before the time of telephones and automobiles, but the news of Mr. Eads' visit and that he was the Yank who returned the sword to a Johnny from whom he had taken it, aroused the interest of the people of that section. After their return home Lieut. Dunlap wrote Mr. Eads saying that the night they left the family was aroused by the tramping of many horses and on investigating found that they were neighbors who had called to pay their respect to him. This incident is given as characteristic of the broad mindedness of Mr. Eads and his entire life was lived on these principles. Engaged in Business. On January 14, 1865, with the war practically won, Mr. Eads resigned his commission and returned to his home at Knoxville and that fall went to New York where he entered a business college. The year following he went to Topeka, Kan., where he engaged in the mercantile business and remained there until 1868, when he came to Macomb and has since made this his home. He first engaged in farming following that occupation for a few years, and then in Jan. 1876 he entered the Union National Bank, as bookkeeper and has since continuously connected with that institution. He advanced step by step from bookkeeper to president and held that position until at the last meeting of the board of directors, when his physical condition would no longer permit him to look after the duties and he resigned and was named as chairman of the board of directors, a position he has since held.
Source/Publisher/DonorAC 03-189 Loaned for reproduction by MidAmerica National Bank via Herb Strong.
Location of Original PhotoMacomb Square Album--Northeast Side
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