Charles E. Wilson, president of the Will County National Bank, is a leading financier and highly esteemed citizen
of Joliet. He was born in this city and is the son of George and Martha Jane (Eaton) Wilson.
George Wilson, deceased, came to Joliet from New Hampshine, where he was born, and settled in this city in 1850.
He died in 1862, and his wife, also a native of New Hampshire, died in 1905. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery,
Joliet. They were the parents of four children: John F., auditor, Illinois Steel Company, Chicago; Jennie L., the
widow of Henry McGuire, lives in Joliet; Charles E., the subject of this sketch; and Jason L., who died in 1926.
The boyhood of Charles E. Wilson was spent in Joliet and he attended the public schools of this city, as well as
the Russell Business College. He began his business career as a clerk in the store of Charles Goodspeed, dry goods
merchant, and after a year was employed as a clerk by Munroe & Son, grocers. He later purchased interests in
the grocery business with a Mr. Schroeder, under the firm name of Schroeder & Wilson. In 1897 Mr. Wilson became
sole owner of the business and after several years became a partner in this enterprise with E. G. Cornish. In 1910
Mr. Wilson disposed of his interests in this business to accept the presidency of the Will County National Bank,
in which capacity he has since served.
Mr. Wilson married Miss Alice E. Richards of Joliet, the daughter of George Richards. Mr. Richards, who is deceased,
was a native of Herkimer County, N. Y., and among the early settlers of Joliet, where he was employed for many
years by the Rock Island Railroad. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Two daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson:
Alice Mabel, married Frederick J. Prichard, lives at Memphis, Tenn., and they have two sons, Frederick C., and
Howard W.; and Ida L., who died in 1924, buried in Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet.
Politically Mr. Wilson is a Republican. He is president of the Board of Trustees of the Richards Street Methodist
Church and for the past 18 years Mr. Wilson has been treasurer of the Silver Cross Hospital. He is affiliated with
Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Council, R. S. M., No. 82; Joliet
Commandery, K. T. No. 4; and Modern Woodmen of America. He also belongs to the Kiwanis Club.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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