MARSHALL SATTLEY - Among the busiest and most energetic representatives of industrial interests in Springfield is Marshall Sattley, the president of the Sattley Manufacturing Company, which is extensively engaged in preparing for the market agricultural and farming machinery and the improved straw stacker, which is its specialty. He, whose name introduces this record, is a very important factor in the successful control of the enterprise. He was born upon a farm near Rochester, Illinois, October 24, 1831, a son of Archibald and Herriett (Hawley) Sattley, both of whom were natives of Vermont. In the year 1818 the father removed to Illinois, taking up his abode in the village of Rochester a year later (1819), and it was there that the subject of this review was born and reared. He learned the blacksmith's trade in Rochester under the direction of Abraham Nicholls, entering upon a three years' apprenticeship in 1848, and when he had completed this term of service he embarked in business for himself in October, 1851, as a manufacturer of plows and agricultural implements, establishing his enterprise on a small scale in Rochester, where he remained until 1857. About this time he disposed of his blacksmith shop in Rochester and went to Decatur. In 1858 he moved from Decatur and established a business in Taylorville, in which place he remained until 1889, when he with his brother-in-law, S. E. Prather, established the Sattley Manufacturing Company, which, from a modest beginning, grew to be one of the most important business enterprises in the west. The present officers of the company are: Marshall Sattley, president; John T. Peters, vice-president, and Samuel E. Prather, secretary and treasurer, while Frank W. Tracy, H. K. Weber, Logan Hay and C. A. Sattley, in connection with the officers, constitute the board of directors.
On the 5th of November, 1857, Mr. Sattley was united in marriage to Miss Ruth A. Prather, of Sangamon County, Illinois, a native of Maryland. They now have two children, Myrtle and Moss W. Thoroughly in sympathy with the sentiments which govern the Republican party and which have exemplified its policy, Mr. Sattley has been one of its devoted supporters, and yet he has never been an aspirant for office. Thoroughly understanding his business in every detail and managing its affairs with capable and keen sagacity, Mr. Sattley has, with the assistance of his associates, made the new enterprise an important one in the industrial life of Springfield.