JUSTIN G. HEMENWAY. One of the alert, enterprising and progressive business men of Ullin, Illinois, is Justin G. Hemenway, cashier of the First National Bank of Ullin, a young man of fine business mentality and unswerving integrity whose faithful and efficient service in other lines of business demonstrated his fitness and secured for him the responsible position he now holds.
Mr. Hemenway was born in Junction City, Kansas, on July 21, 1879, a son of Julius W. Hemenway. The elder Hemenway was a native of Vermont, born in Waterville, that state, in 1848, the descendant of an old Colonial New England family of Scotch-Irish origin. The Hemenway family was also well represented among the soldiery of the Revolution. Julius W. Hemenway was reared in Waterville, Vermont, and there acquired a common school education. At Hyde Park, Vermont, he wedded Miss Lucy Downey, and with his young wife came west. They first located at Junction City, Kansas, and it was while they were residents of Kansas that their only son, Justin G. Hemenway, was born. In 1882 the family returned east to Perry county, Illinois, where for Twenty-two years Julius W. Hemenway was superintendent of the Blakeslee Manufacturing Company at DuQuoin. Following that connection he engaged in the bakery business there until his death, in May, 1909, at the age of sixty-one years. His wife survives him and still resides at DuQuoin.
Justin G. Hemenway passed his childhood and early manhood at DuQuoin, lllinois. After graduating from the high school there in 1898 he attended the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, one year. He took the first step in the way of independent business life when he became a drug clerk with A. C. Brookings, of DuQuoin, from which employment, after a few years, he came to Ullin and took charge of the drug store of Dr. Robinson. It was while thus engaged that Dr. Robinson acquired the bank stock or interest of his partner, L. E. Chenault, and Mr. Hemenway was made the successor of that gentleman as cashier of the First National Bank of Ullin. In this position he has
discharged every duty with promptness and fidelity, has been watchful of the bank's best interests, and to his unfailing courtesy and genial manners is due no small measure of the institution's popularity and success.
He is a man of public spirit and every project which promises the advancement of Ullin receives his prompt and cordial support. In the movement to make Ullin a modern village a local telephone company was formed and a system of local and long distance communication was established, and of this company Mr. Hemenway is president. He joined in the agitation for the incorporation of the village, has been one of its trustees, and has served as a member of the board of education and as treasurer of the township. Politically he is a Republican.
On April 16, 1905, Mr. Hemenway married Miss Nell Spilman, whom he had known from childhood and who is the only child of Hon. I. R. Spilman and his wife, who was formerly Miss Sophia Tingley. For many years Mr. Spilman was a conspicuous member of the bar of Perry county, Illinois, but he and his wife now reside in Seattle, Washington. Upon their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Hemenway established their home in Ullin, and there have been born their three children, Justine Georgia, Spilman and Julius. Mr. Hemenway is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias.