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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Walker B. Tackett

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


WALKER B. TACKETT. The influence of an honorable, upright life in a community cannot be over-estimated, and the record of an unblemished career is a far more desirable legacy for posterity than wealth. In a quiet, unostentatious way, W. B. Tackett, late of Champaign county, was a power for good in his community, and all who knew him loved and respected him.

A son of William and Isabella TACKETT, he was born in Bath county, Kentucky, September 2, 1840, and grew to manhood in that section of the state. His parents, likewise, were natives of the Blue Grass state, were prosperous farmers, and spent their entire lives at their old home. W. B. Tackett obtained a fair education in the common schools of Kentucky, and in his youth he mastered the details of agriculture under his father’s instruction. He was a young man when he decided to cast in his lot with the inhabitants of Champaign county, which thenceforth was his home. Prior to coming here, however, he had made a good start in life, and had gained a competence, which enabled him to take rank at once with the progressive farmers of this county. For a few years after his arrival here, he leased farms, and later, he invested in a valuable homestead of one hundred and twenty acres, situated in Tolono township. He made numerous desirable improvements upon the place, and was considered a capable, practical farmer and excellent business man. His chief interest centered in his little family, and he gave little attention to public matters. At the same time he never failed to perform his duties as a citizen, and in his political preference he was a Democrat.

When he was less than twenty-one years of age, in 1859, Mr. Tackett wedded a school-mate, a young girl who had grown to maturity in the same neighborhood. She was Elizabeth G., daughter of William and Nancy POWERS, all natives of Kentucky, and of families who formerly had dwelt in Virginia. William Powers engaged quite extensively in the raising of live stock, mostly horses and hogs, for many years, and several time a year went to market them in South Carolina and Georgia. He continued to reside at his old home in Kentucky until his death in 1862. His widow survived until 1889, when she passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tackett. She was the mother of seven children who lived to maturity, but four of the number are now deceased. William D. is the proprietor of a large hotel at Sidell, Illinois, and James N. resides in Menard county, near Petersburg.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Tackett nine children were born and one son of the number was graduated from the University of Illinois. F. Marion, the eldest, is engaged in real estate business in Champaign. He married Lura B. FANKBONER, and of their two children, one is deceased, and the other is William C. Annie M., the next in order of birth, died in 1894. Dora M. resides with her mother. Laura N. is the wife of Boyd STEVENS, of Urbana, and their four children are named respectively: Raymond W., Warren R., Paul W. and Mary E. William C., the second son of our subject, was graduated in the University of Illinois and in the Chicago University, and then engaged in the practice of law in Chicago. He was a very promising young attorney, beloved by a large circle of friends, and when death claimed him, in February, 1896, it was felt by all who knew him that his place could not soon be adequately filled. Wallace, the next in order of birth, died at the age of two years. George, the next younger, died when sixteen months old. Rosie B. died when seventeen months old, and Olive B. when in her seventh year. The father of these children gave them every advantage within his power and lovingly and thoughtfully provided for their future. He was summoned to his reward, January 6, 1892, and was placed to rest in the Craw cemetery.

The following year, Mrs. Tackett removed to Champaign, where she resides in a pleasant, modern house, erected under her supervision. She takes great comfort in the society of her children, and is an active worker in the Christian church, of which religious body her husband was a devoted member, also. She is a valued and efficient member of the Dorcas Society of the church, and, in a quiet way, does a great deal of good toward the needy. Needless to say, she is honored and loved for her worthy qualities, and has sincere friends by the score.

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