David Grant, mine operator and general manager ice plant, Pekin, was born at Alton, Ill., August 6, 1860, and came to Tazewell County with his parents when three years of age. He is a son of Lewis and Agnes (Sneddon) Grant, the father being a native of Edinburg, born February 27, 1827, the mother’s birth having occurred at Pittsburg, Pa., in 1834. Both the paternal grandfather, William Grant, and the maternal grandfather, David Sneddon, were natives of Scotland.
The subject of this sketch attended the public schools of Pekin until twelve years of age, and then commenced to work in the mines, one mile east of Pekin, for D. M. Alexander, continuing in his employ until 1886. In the latter year, with his, father and three brothers, he sunk a shaft in the vicinity of Pekin and found a very productive mine, which they have since continued to operate, employing throughout the season an average of twenty men. In 1896 they added an ice plant to their business and have successfully conducted these interests ever since.
On March 27, 1886, Mr. Grant was married in California to Miss Louisa Lucas, who was born in 1865, and they are the parents of three children: Agnes, George and Katherine. Mr. Grant holds the position of general manager of the coal mine and ice plant, and is one of the energetic and progressive citizens of Pekin.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1009