Biography of James D. Beckett


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JAMES D. BECKETT, importer and dealer in horses, 377 and 379 Randolph Street. Chicago, was born in Great Britain in 1830, son of Philip and Anna Beckett. Coming to Cook County in 1855, he located in Chicago, and for two years was engaged in shipping live stock to Chicago. He established a sale stable in the spring of 1857, and deals in street car and draught horses, and in imported Norman and English bred draught horses. He imported fifty-five in 1883. During the war Mr. Beckett furnished 38,000 horses for the army. The aggregate value of horses sold in 1880, was $1,250,000. He purchased a farm in Lyons Township in 1871, which now contains 300 acres, which he uses for hay and stock farm. During the year 1883 he sold and delivered 1,000 tons of loose hay in Chicago, at an average price of $14 per ton, besides what he used for his stock. He keeps a small herd of short-horned cattle. Mr. Beckett has made extensive improvements on his farm. He has built barns and stables for 100 head of stock, and a very fine residence, situated in a beautiful grove of ash, hickory, oak, and black walnut trees, making it one of the m st delightful residences in the country. In 1865 he married Miss Georgiana Beach, daughter of Hczekiah and Adalaide (Brown) Beach. They have three children, Mary E., Florence and James B. Mrs. Beckett was born in Westchester County, N. Y., in 1843.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.