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Lineages - Hartrick Family Tidbits

Submitted by Lise Embley

Saturday, April 1, 1911

Henry Hartrick's Party
Eighty-First Birthday Anniversary Celebrated on Thursday

Henry Hartrick, 718 South Market street, celebrated his eighty-first birth anniversary Thursday at a dinner party with his wife and all his children except two sons, Dr. L.E. [Louis Eugene] Hartrick of Seymour and Guy R. Hartrick of Omaha, Neb. Those present were J.H. [Julius Henry] Hartrick, George M.[Matthew] Hartrick and Mrs. Albert [Mary Francis Hartrick] Kamradt and family [Clara Gertrude Kamradt and Esther Mabel Kamradt], all of Sadorus; Mrs. Clara Bird and children [Edwin Bruce Bird, Marion Taylor Bird, and Julia Talbot Bird] of Chicago; Mrs. W.W. [Nancy Emily Hartrick] Webster of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mr. and Mrs. J.L. [Minnie Evelyn Hartrick] Black of Urbana; Rev. and Mrs. R.A. [Robert Alexander] Hartrick of Bement, and Rev. and Mrs. R.F. McDaniel of Urbana. Mr. Hartrick gave a handsome present to each one of his children and one to the pastor.

Mr. Hartrick was born in Brunswick, Germany, on March 30, 1830. He came to this country in 1850, locating at Quincy, Ill., and he has been a resident of Champaign county since 1868. Fifteen years ago he retired from his farm life near Sadorus, where he owns goodly landed estates, and moved to Urbana to his present home.

He married Miss Taylor of Piatt county in November, 1857, and in 1907 they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They were the parents of the large family, which were all well educated, being graduates of the University of Illinois.

Mr. Hartrick is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and help official office in the church until his health failed. At one time he was a prominent member of the Odd Fellows. He is a public-spirited citizen and has been a life-long liberal democrat.

Article from the paper in Urbana (November 1907)


Mr. and Mrs. Hartrick Celebrate Anniversary.

Fifty years ago, November 19, 1857, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Taylor of New Salem, Ill., occurred t he marriage of their daughter, Nancy E., to Mr. Henry Hartrick, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. James I. Davidson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.

Tuesday at their beautiful home on South Market Street, Urbana, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartrick came to this county in the fall of 1868 and settled in Sadorus township. At that time there was not a building between their home on the prairie and Tolono. By economy and industry they have accumulated enough property to enable them to live in comfort during the evening of life. Besides the liberal education they have given their children they gave seven of their nine a college education. They moved to their present home from the farm in December, 1893. In the early life they identified themselves with the Methodist Episcopal Church and have been active in the councils and work of the church.

Mr. Hartrick is a native of Germany and came to this country in 1850. He has the distinguished honor of being a second cousin to Prince Bismarck.

Mrs. Hartrick is a native of Illinois and her ancestors have been identified with America from the colonial period, some of them having served as officers in the war of the revolution and one was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The family consists of nine children: Mrs. Minnie E. Black or Urbana; Julius H. of Quincy; George M. of Sadorus; Robert A. of Atlanta; Mrs. Fannie Kamradt of Sadorus; Mrs. N. Emma Webster of Bluffs; Mrs. Clara Bird and L. Eugene of Chicago, and Guy R. of Sulpher, Okla. There are seventeen grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren, Misses Eva and Roberta Hartrick of Atlanta, have had the pleasure of attending the golden wedding anniversary of grandparents on both sides.

The home was tastefully decorated with garlands, autumn leaves, wedding bells and golden chrysanthemums. At 1 o'clock the guests were invited into the dining room, where a sumptuous dinner was served by four granddaughters: Misses Grace and Blanche Black, Clara Kamradt, and Eva Hartrick. Rev. H.C. Gibbs, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church made an informal talk.

At the conclusion of the dinner hour Mrs. Hartrick called the roll of the children, including the minister, and Mr. Hartrick presented each with a $10 gold coin.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartrick are in good health for people of their years and it is the hope of their friends that they will see many more happy anniversaries.

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