E.D. AVERY, attorney at law, Joliet (firm of Fithian & Avery); was born in Oneida Co., N.Y., Feb. 2, 1846; the following year, 1847, his parents removed to Illinois, settling on a farm in Lisbon, Kendall Co.; his father is a well-known fruit-grower and nurseryman and to this business the son was raised; he attended the Newark Seminary, in his native county, several terms, and, on becoming of age, he with his brother started a nursery near Dwight, Livingston Co.; two years later, he sold his interest to his brother and engaged in dealing in stock; in 1871, he removed to Chebanse, Kankakee Co., and there added a general merchandise business to his stock in trade; he remained there until 1874, when he came to Joliet and began reading law in the office of Messrs. Hill & Dibell; he was admitted to the bar in January, 1877, and in the following September, entered into partnership with John B. FITHIAN in the practice of the law. He was married Dec. 25, 1871, to Miss Mary SIDLOW, of Grundy Co., Ill., and has one child — Hubert C.

Source: History of Will County, Illinois; Chicago: Wm LeBaron Jr & Co, 186 Dearborn Street, 1878.