TENDICK, GOTTFRIED , (deceased), formerly a well known business man of Jacksonville, Ill., and the owner of the Edgemore Brick yards at Morton and Tendick Streets, of that city, was born in Germany, November 4, 1830, a son of John and Jennie Tendick, who came to America in 1853. The father lived but one month in his adopted country, when he died, leaving a widow with eight children, all of whom are now deceased. Godfried Tendick was educated in Germany and there became familiar with the spool and weaving industry, but at the age of seventeen years commenced learning boot and shoe-making which continued to be his business for a period of thirty-five years. In 1850 he emigrated to America and was soon established in the boot and shoe trade, in which he employed from seven to ten men; but he discontinued this business, in 1878, and engaged in brick making as a member of the firm of Caspold, Reid & Tendick. This connection continued for two years, when the partnership became Reid & Tendick, and three yeas later Mr. Tendick purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until his death, which occurred, May 21, 1895. Mr. Tendick was very successful in this enterprise and was enabled to erect two stores and several residences in the city, besides owning a fine farm of 300 acres. He was a substantial, public spirited citizen and his loss was sincerely felt by his family, his friends and the community in general. Not long before his death he built a handsome residence at the corner of Fayette Street and College Avenue, where Mrs. Tendick still resides.
Mr. Tendick was married October 14, 1854, to Miss Tendick, a daughter of Peter and Jane (Schutten) Tendick, natives of Germany, and of this union five children were born, viz.: Jennie, wife of George Porter; John S.; Edward; Clara, wife of A. D. Hoover; and Peter, who died in 1884, at the age of twenty-four years. The family are members of the German M. E. Church.