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John Hackett

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Posted: 7 Dec 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Hackett, Peyton, Ebersole
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 572-574

This gentleman, the leading druggist of Roanoke and one of its oldest and most prosperous business men, is the son of Thomas and Margaret (Peyton) Hackett, natives of Ohio nd Indiana, respectively. These parents moved with their family to Huntington county in February, 1847, and settled in Jackson township, where the father purchased a quarter section of unimproved and heavily timbered land. Thomas Hackett was a true type of the sturdy pioneer of that period, and did much in the way of developing the country and promoting its material, educational and moral interests. Like all new-comers, his first improvements consisted of the conventional little round-log cabin of one room, in which the family lived and enjoyed life while the timber was being removed and the land fitted for cultivation. He was an industrious man, and did a prodigious amount of hard work in carving out a home for himself and family and lying a foundation for the competency which was afterward divided among his children. For a number of years he served as justice of the peace for Jackson township and was also the township treasurer several terms, besides filling other postions of local importance. Being a man of more than ordinary powers of mind and possessing exceedingly good judgment and business sagacity, he occupied the position of advisor among his neighbors, many of whom referred to him their affairs and difficulties, and his counsel not only saved them at times much trouble, but prevented considerable expensive litigation. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity, and in every relation of life possessed the confidence of his fellow citizens of Jackson township and throughout the county generally. After a long and useful life he was called to the other world in the month of August, 1896, at the age of eighty-seven years, seven months and fourteen days.

The family of Thomas and Margaret Hackett consisted of nine children, five sons and four daughters. Two of the sons served in the late Civil war, one of them, William, meeting his death in the battle of Champion Hills, Mississippi. He was a member of the Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry, and earned the reputation of a brave and gallant soldier, always ready for duty and never shirking danger.

John Hackett, whose name heads this article, was born near the city of Muncie, Delaware county, Indiana, October 23, 1834, and was thirteen years of age when brought by his parents to the county of Huntington. On the home farm, not far from the town of Roanoke, he passed the days of his youth and early manhood, assisting his father when old enough to work, and during the winter months attended the public schools. While still a young man he took an interest in a sawmill, owned and operated by his father, and to this he devoted much of his attention until his twenty-third year. In 1858 he accepted a clerkship with a druggist in Roanoke. It was while thus employed that the great Rebellion broke out. To show his loyalty to the government, then calling for volunteers, he enlisted, October, 1861, in Company E, Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry, for three years' service. Shortly after enlistment the regiment was ordered to Kentucky, thence to Missouri and Tennessee. He shared with his command its varied experiences for eleven months, when, much against his will, he was compelled to sever his connection with the army by reason of disability. While at the front he took part in a battle fought at Riddle's Land, Missouri, aside from which the regiment was employed mainly in pursuing the enemy through various parts of that state, Tennessee and Kentucky.

After his discharge Mr. Hackett returned to Roanoke and resumed his duties as clerk, and in that capacity he remainded until 1873, when he purchased the store in partnership with J. L. Mitchell. The firm thus constituted lasted one year, when the subject sold out to his associate and retired from business until 1876. In that year he engaged in the drug trade in Roanoke, and has since done a large and lucrative business, his store being the largest of the kind in the place and one of the most extensive and best appointed establishments in Roanoke. Mr. Hackett is a skilled pharmacist, familiar with all the technical details of the business, and by close attention and counteous demeanor has won a large share of public patronage.

Financially his success has been encouraging from the beginning, and he now occupies a conspicuous place among the solid business men of Roanoke and the county of Huntington.

Mr. Hackett's marriage was solemnized in the year 1863 with Miss Caroline Ebersole, who has borne him one child, Charles L., at the present time his father'sbusiness partner. From 1870 to 1894 Mr. Hackett served as justice of the peace, and discharged the duties of the position in a manner highly satisfactory to all who had business to transact in his court. He has always been public spirited, and to him is the town of Roanoke indebted for much of the reputation it enjoys as a place of law and order and for the moral tone of its citizenship. He wields a potent influence for the Republican party, but has never been ambitious in the direction of official distinction, preferring the even tenor of private life to any honors his fellow citizens could bestow.

Since 1859 he has been active in Masonic circles, and is an enthusiastic member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having filled the office of commander of the post meeting in Roanoke. As a member of the Methodist Episcopal church he has done much for the cause of religion, being prominent in all the good work of the congregation with which he is identified, and to which his wife also belongs.

Mr. Hackett is one of the prominent men in the town, and during a long residence has gained the good will of all classes of its people. In business he ranks deservedly high, and in matters looking to the good of the community none have been more active or exerted a more wholesome influence. All in all, he is the embodiment of usefulness; and as a representative citizen of Huntington county his reputation has been fairly and honorably earned. A gentleman of sobriety, strict integrity, genial, cultured and good common sense, he exerts a marked and worthy influence and is greatly respected throughtout the wide extent of his acquaintance.

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