History of Clinton County, Iowa
Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.
This old and highly esteemed citizen, who for many years has been identified with the varied interests of Clinton county, and who during the trying period of rebellion upheld the honor of the National Union on the bloody field of conflict, is a native of Delaware county, Ohio, and one of six children, whose parents, Isaac and Nancy (Hults) Sackrider, were born in the state of New York. They were married about 1832, and shortly thereafter moved to Delaware county, Ohio, where the wife died late in the forties or early in the fifties. In about 1851 Mr. Sackrider brought his family to Clinton county, Iowa, and settled on a farm in Brookfield township. His first purchase consisted of one hundred and sixty acres, which he afterwards increased to two hundred, the greater part of which he cleared and improved and on which he lived a quiet contented life until called to his final reward, in the year 1878. Of his five sons and one daughter, three are living, the subject of this sketch being the youngest of the family.
George W. Sackrider was born August 14, 1839, and spent the first ten years of his life in his native county. In 1851 he accompanied his father to Clinton county, Iowa, and grew to manhood on the home farm in Brookfield township, attending at intervals, the meanwhile, the rural school of the neighborhood. He remained at home assisting with the work of the farm until 1862, when he exchanged the implements of husbandry for the death dealing instruments of warfare, joining, in July of that year, Company I, Twenty-fourth Iowa Infantry, with which he served until the close of the Rebellion in 1865. Mr. Sackrider took part in some of the most notable campaigns of the war, first in Mississippi, where he participated in the battle of Champion Hill, the various engagements around Pleasant Hill, and from May 22, 1863, until the fourth day of the following July, was engaged in the siege of Vicksburg. He shared with his comrades many of the vicissitudes of warfare and was in a great deal of hard fighting, but twelve of his company escaping death and injury in the bloody battle of Champion Hill. He also experienced much active service in Virginia under General Sheridan, having been in the battle of Cedar creek and many other engagements, and was with that distinguished leader when he turned defeat into victory after the celebrated ride of twenty miles which has helped to make his name famous. At the close of the war, he was discharged with a record for bravery and gallantry of which any soldier might well feel proud, and, returning to Clinton county, resumed the pursuit of agriculture on sixty acres of land in Brookfield township, given him by his father.
From this modest beginning, Mr. Sackrider's progress as a farmer has been continuous, and he now owns a fine estate of three hundred and twenty acres, on which are some of the best improvements in the community, including an imposing modern dwelling, which in point of architectural beauty and all that constitutes a comfortable rural home is perhaps the finest edifice of the kind in Brookfield township and excelled by few, if any, in the county. The premises have been beautified by quite a number of shade trees, which Mr. Sackrider has set out from time to time; these, with the beautiful lawn, interspersed with flowers and ornamental shrubbery, add to the attractiveness of a home in which little is lacking to render it a model of its kind.
Mr. Sackrider is easily one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of his township and stands in the first rank among the representative citizens. Enterprising and progressive, he manifests commendable zeal in the development and growth of the country, wields a strong influence for the Democratic party, and his counsel and judgment have had no little weight in shaping the policies of the same in his own and other counties in the eastern part of the state. He has been secretary of the school board for a number of years; has also served as trustee of his township, and his interest in public matters has given him considerable prestige as a leader of thought and, in no small degree, a moulder of opinion among his fellow citizens. In addition to his farming and live stock interests, he is identified with various public utilities, including the Home Telephone Company, the Havery Coal Company of Montana, the Delmar Bank, and the Peoples Savings Bank of Delmar, being a large stockholder in these financial institutions, also a member of their boards of directors. For some years he has been quite active in secret fraternal work, especially in Odd Fellowship and the Pythian order, in both of which organizations he has been honored with important official trusts.
Mr. Sackrider was happily married on September 19, 1866, to Jennie Rarick, of Steuben county, New York, and a daughter of William and Martha (Compton) Rarick, who came to this state about the year 1858. Mr. Rarick was by occupation a carpenter and builder, but after moving west he turned his attention to agriculture. Mrs. Sackrider was reared and educated in her native state, and is a lady of fine mind, strong individuality, and quite popular in the social circles of the community. She has borne her husband two children, the older being a son who answers to the name of Clarence. He married Helen Leach, of Maquoketa, and is the father of two offspring, Ruth and Wilfred. Carrie was the second in order of birth, and is the wife of Doctor Wilson, a popular dentist of Delmar, and has two daughters, Vera and Gladys. Mrs. Sackrider is interested with her husband in secret and benevolent work, being a member of the Rebekah lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Pythian Sisters, the Eastern Stars, and is also a chevalier, the highest order a lady can attain.