TACKETT, JESSE. - Many of those whose energies have been directed towards pursuits in various parts of Illinois, when ready to retire, settle in Springfield, where so many urban advantages are offered. There they can enjoy the comforts of city life, without foregoing those of a more rural community. One of the men who has proven his faith in Springfield, is Jesse Tackett, now living retired at No. 2303 East Kansas Street. He was born in Menard County, March 3, 1850, a son of John and Elizabeth (Helvesta) Tackett, natives of Virginia and Kentucky, respectively. The father, who was a farmer, came to Menard County at an early date, entering 100 acres of land, but later sold it for one hundred dollars per acre. He farmed in the county for many years, but went to Johnston County, Mo., where his later years were spent, and there he died in 1878. He lost his wife when Jesse was an infant. There were five children in the family, of whom Jesse and a sister, Mrs. Trinvella Stephenson, of Washington, Ind., are the survivors.
Jesse Tackett attended school in Menard County, and later the one at German Prairie, Sangamon County. During his boyhood days he worked for his father, and continued to farm all his life, until his retirement. While retaining an interest in his farm, he also engaged with the Springfield Rolling Mills, and later with the Springfield Boiler Company. He owns a pleasant home, as well as other property in the city, and is a man of means.
On November 7, 1896, Mr. Tackett was married in Riverton, to Nettie McCarty, born in Springfield July 4, 1858. Her father was a Sangamon County farmer, but both he and his wife are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Tackett have no children. Politically Mr. Tackett is a Republican. His religious convictions make him a member of the Christian Church, of which he is a liberal supporter. He is a reliable, responsible man, whose sympathies are always with conservative methods, and who is anxious to see the preservation of good government and the advancement of the city.