George J. Arbeiter, in the profession of law, has attained noteworthy rank in Will County. He has been in continuous
practice at Joliet since 1895. Mr. Arbeiter was born in Plainfield Township, Will County, June 10, 1865, the son
of Carl and Katherina (Suhler) Arbeiter.
Carl Arbeiter was born at Grottkau, Prussia, Germany, and his wife was a native of Kulmbach, Bavaria, Germany.
He emigrated to the United States in 1850 and settled in Plainfield Township, Will County, where he improved a
tract of 250 acres. He became a prosperous farmer and stockman and at the time of his death was living retired
at Plainfield. His wife came to the United States in 1855, their marriage taking place at Joliet. She is also deceased
and with her husband is buried in Plainfield Township. Mr. Arbeiter was a Democrat, and served as highway commissioner
and school director. He was a member of the Catholic Church and his wife belonged to the Lutheran Church. To Mr.
and Mrs. Arbeiter were born five children: Joseph, a farmer, lives at Alexandria, Minn.; Charles W., a farmer,
lives in Naausay Township, Kendall County, Ill.; George J., the subject of this sketch; Mary W.; and Adeline, both
Receiving his education in the public schools of Plainfield Township, George J. Arbeiter engaged in the teaching
profession for two years. He then took a business course at the University of Valparaiso and from there went to
Chicago, where he was employed by the Smith Wire Company of New Jersey. Later he entered the University of Illinois,
from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1893. Two years later he was graduated in Law from the
University of Michigan. He was admitted to the Illinois State bar during that year and opened offices in Joliet
in the Barber Building. Mr. Arbeiter is identified with the Will County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association,
and American Bar Association.
On Feb. 1, 1899, Mr. Arbeiter was united in marriage with Miss E. Kittie McBride, of Elgin, Ill., a daughter of
Henry and Margaret (Adams) McBride, natives of Ireland. Mrs. Arbeiter is the youngest of eleven children, and the
only member of her family born in the United States. Her parents were early settlers of Elgin, Ill., where Mr.
McBride engaged in the coal business for a number of years. This business is now conducted by his son, Henry E.
McBride and a grandson William Brady. Mr. and Mrs. Arbeiter have three children: George Carlton, born in March,
1903, is manager and secretary of the Pence Stores, Inc., Joliet; Gladys Esther, a feature writer on the Herald-News,
Joliet; and Lois Genevieve, who is employed in the county recorder's office, Joliet.
Mr. Arbeiter is a Republican in his political convictions, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and he is
affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, Stevenson Camp, No. 2892, and North American Union. He has served
as secretary of the Chicago Fraternal Life Association for 32 years.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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