CLARENCE BRISSENDEN, miller, Louisville, of the firm of Brissenden Bros., was born in this county December 15, 1856. and is a son of William Brissenden (deceased), a native of England, who came to Edwards County, Ill., in 1830, and to this county about the year 1850, where he died, in Louisville, February 4, 1881. Clarence attended the schools of Clay City and Louisville. He and his brother William ran a saw mill at this place for two years, formerly the property of their father, when they built their fine flouring mill. It is 30x40 feet, four-story frame building, and is supplied with the latest improved machinery, using the roller system. They do a good business both in custom and merchant work, running two sets of stones and eight sets of rollers. This machinery is propelled by steam power, using a forty-horse-power engine. Mr. Brissenden was married, May 23, 1883, to Miss Maggie Ahle, a daughter of George W. Ahle, of Louisville Township. Our subject is the leader of the Louisville Cornet Band. This band is a credit to Louisville, and, indeed, to Clay County. They are called open to play for the county fairs and for various meetings throughout the country.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 146-147.