Source: "History of Mercer County", H.H. Hill and Company, Chicago 1882
The subject of this sketch Josiah Candor is a native of Columbia county, Pennsylvania, born in 1830, and is the son of Thomas and Margaret (Montgomery) Candor. He came to Mercer county with his parents. He was reared and educated on his father's farm in Ohio Grove township. In 1852 he went to Oregon and California, returned in 1854 and engaged in the mercantile business in Edgington, Rock Island county, where he remained till 1867, when he, in company with his brother, Capt. D.M. Candor, opened a store of general merchandise in Hamlet, in which business he continues. He has held the office of postmaster in Hamlet since 1868.
He was married in 1857 to Mary E. Nichols, a native of Searsport, Maine. She was born in 1838 and is daughter of Woodburn and Olive (Sleeper) Nichols, both of Maine, who came to Mercer county in 1859 and located in Perryton township. The mother now lives with her son Albion, one mile south of Hamlet. Mr. and Mrs. Candor have six children: Mary C. May, Robert A., Edwin H., Vessie O., and Herbert J. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.
He has a farm of 175 acres well improved, and adjoining Hamlet, on which he keeps a good grade of stock. He and his brother formerly dealt in stock buying and shipping. Previous to the building of the town of Reynolds, in Rock Island county, they carried on a trade in coal at Hamlet. He has been the school treasurer of the township for the past six years.