John B. Waldron (1856-1886), for whom The Waldron Arts Center is named, was a 20-year member of the Bloomington Town Council in the late 1800s. He also spent three years as a county commissioner. He began a tenure as director of the First National Bank of Bloomington in 1871, eventually becoming president in 1874. He had a son, Charles B. Waldron.
The eldest son of John and Ann (Bonecum) Waldron, he was born in Bloomington and started working life in his father's tannery at age 18. He was a Catholic and a Republican.
Account of death from the Republican Progress newspaper, 1886.
Died Monday morning (May 10, 1886) from rheumatism of the heart. Age 31.
The son of John Waldron, president of the First National Bank of Bloomington. Married Minnie Shiel of Seymour less than two years ago and has one son. Funeral at St. Charles Catholic Church. His uncle, Father Bonecum, of St. Louis, attended the funeral.
Blanchard, Charles (1884). "Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana" 597-598. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
- Mills, Kathleen: "Donor made contribution to honor founding family", Herald Times, (1 August 1990)
Republican Progress, May 12, 1886.
Newspaper Archives, I.U. Library. [See above note.]
Note: See John B. Waldron's biography in The History of Morgan, Monroe and Brown Cos., Indiana.
Rose Hill Cemetery 1821-1976, pp. 29-30, published by the Monroe Co. Genealogical Society, lists John B. Waldron and other members of the Waldron family. "John B. Waldron, son of John and Ann, b. 4-2-1856, d. 5-10-1886."