The broad acres and pleasant rural home of the subject of this sketch, George Hackshaw, are located in Otter Creek township, LaSalle county, Illinois, not far distant from the town of Streator. Mr. Hackshaw is a native of the county in which he lives. He was born November 14, 1852, the son of a prosperous and highly respected pioneer of the county, John Hackshaw, a native of England. John Hackshaw was married at Toronto, Canada, to Miss Elizabeth Jensen, a native of Glasgow, Scotland. Their union was blessed in the birth of six children, namely: Jane McCormick, of Chicago, Illinois; John F., of Streator, Illinois; Mary S.; Satie S.; Corwieher, who passed away in childhood; and George, whose name introduces this sketch. In LaSalle county the parents spent the greater part of their lives and died, the father passing away in the prime of life; the mother lives in Streator. She is an energetic, industrious woman, of great strength of character, and early instilled into her children right principles of living. The home farm comprised three hundred and twenty acres, and on it the family were reared.
George Hackshaw early became familiar with all kinds of farm work, and on reaching adult years engaged in farming for himself. He owns a fine farm of two hundred and twenty acres, on which he raises the usual crops of this locality, and where he is interested in the stock business.
Mr. Hackshaw was married May 17, 1894, at Streator, Illinois, to Miss Minnie Willard, a native of Chicago, Illinois, and the daughter of William J. Willard, deceased.
Politically Mr. Hackshaw is known as a Republican. He may well be classed as one of the best citizens of the township, for he shares the respect and confidence of his fellow men.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, page 196.