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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Robert Neill b Belfast 1845 emig Chicago
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 06:58:20 -0500


ROBERT NEILL, superintendent of Hately Bros., pork packers and
refiners of lard, is a native of Belfast, Ireland, born in 1845. He
began his business life at the age of sixteen years, in the packing
house of W. & J. Campbell, serving an apprenticeship of five years.
Subsequently he took full charge of their business, remaining with
them until they retired, when he succeeded them, the firm being Neill
& Shaw. This continued until 1875, when he retired and commenced
business alone, under style of R. Neill & Co. About 1874 he came to
Chicago and opened the packing house of Fowler Bros., now the Anglo-
American Packing & Provision Company, and November 5, 1878, returned
and took the superintendency of it, remaining with the company five
years, and entering the employment of Hately Bros., November 15,
1883. He has been a resident of the town of Lake since November,
1878, and has taken a very active part in temperance matters, being a
member of the Sons of Temperance. He was elected Grand Worthy
Patriarch of the Grand Division of the State of Illinois in October,
1882, and again in 1883; is also a member of the Stock Yards,
Division No. 73, Sons of Temperance and was largely instrumental in
establishing a Free Reading Room and Library in the town of Lake. He
is also connected with the Citizens' League of that place, being its
first president in 1881-82. He is a prominent A. F. & A. M., being
Past E. Commander, H. K. T., under Scottish Rite.

History of Early Chicago
Albert D. Hager
1884


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