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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of George Sackrider/Sackriter

SOURCE: "The Biographical Record of Champaign County, Illinois," The S. J. Clarke Publishing company, Chicago, 1900


GEORGE SACKRIDER. For a place of its size, Mahomet is blessed with an exceptionally large number of wide-awake, energetic business men, and prominent in the list for the past score of years has been the subject of this of this sketch, who is a son of Peter Sackrider, who was born in Germany October 18, 1835.

Believing that America offered better opportunities to an ambitious young man, Peter Sackriter (sic) emigrated to these hospitable shores, and, having learned the butcher’s business in Columbus, Ohio, proceeded to work at that calling there until 1858, when he located in Edgar county, Illinois. When the Civil war came on, he enlisted and loyally served in the ranks until peace had been declared. Returning home he then conducted a meat business in Piatt county for a few years, also engaging in the manufacture of brick. At the last-named occupation he later was employed in Mahomet, and at this writing is living retired at his ome in Anderson, Indiana.

The nativity of George Sackrider took place near Columbus, Ohio, August 2, 1858. He grew to manhood in this state, and has had to rely mainly upon his own efforts in the acquisition of an education. In fact, he may justly be termed a self-made man, for he has had his own way to make, and has nobly struggled against the numerous difficulties which confronts one who starts out without means or influence. In 1878 he joined his father at Mahomet, and for over ten years was employed in the brick yard here, thoroughly learning the trade. He became the owner of the plant about 1891, by purchase, and since then he has greatly increased the capacity of the factory and the superiority of the manufactured article. From four to five hundred thousand are made here each year, and there has been a growing demand for the product, which compares favorably with the best grades in the market. Fairness characterizes all of our subject’s dealings, and he possesses the respect of the entire community.

On the 24th of December, 1882, Mr. Sackriter (sic) married Fonnie MORSE, daughter of John H. and Sarah Ann (COX) MORSE, natives of Ohio and Indiana, respectively. The former, who was born October 18, 1835, was a son of Henry Morse, one of the pioneers of the Buckeye state, and originally of Canada. J. H. Morse followed the calling of a carpenter, and was a citizen of Mahomet for many years. The only child of Mr. and Mrs. Sackriter (sic) is Lloyd, who is a promising youth, now attending the home schools. Another son, Wilbur, died when five years of age.

The home of the Sackriter family is a very attractive one, and no pains or expense have been spared in improving the property. Fine fruit and shade trees and a well kept lawn add greatly to the beauty of the premises, and everything is kept up in a thrifty manner. In local elections our subject is independent, while in national issues he uses his franchise in favor of the nominees of the Prohibition party. He has never desired public offices, but served for two terms as a member of the town board. Fraternally he is an Odd Fellow and now holds the office of noble grand in the Mahomet lodge, while in the Modern Woodmen of America he also holds an official position. Everything which affects the general prosperity of this community is of deep interest to him, and he faithfully meets all of the obligations which devolve upon him as a citizen.

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