Biography of George A. Le Riche
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George A. Le Riche is among the progressive young business men of Joliet, where he is superintendent of transportation for the Chicago-Joliet Electric Railway Company. He was born at New Brunswick, Canada, May 26, 1895, a son of George 11 and Louise (Biackhall) Le Riche.

George D. Le Riche was born on the Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, Great Britain, in 1866, and his wife was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He went to Canada in 1880 as an apprentice clerk for a fish exporting company, and now holds the position of general manager for the Robins, Jones, & Whitman Company, fish exporters. He is prominent in politics and is a member of the Methodist church. Louise (Blackhall) Le Riche is the daughter of James and Elizabeth Blackhall. The former is deceased and the latter lives in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Blackhall was a custom official for many years. His son, J. R. Blackhall, is general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee & North Shore Railroad, vice president of the Chicago-Joliet Electric Railway Company, and a leading business man of Joliet, where he has lived for many years. To Mr. and Mrs. George D. Le Riche, who live in New Brunswick, Canada, the following children were born: George A., the subject of this sketch; Ada, lives in Montreal, Canada; Ethel, student nurse, Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Dalton, lives in Los Angeles, Calif.; Vernon, lives in Montreal, Canada; Eva, lives at home; and Mildred, died in 1927, is buried in New Brunswick, Canada.

George A. Le Riche spent his boyhood in Canada and in 1911 was graduated from Mt. Allison Academy. He came to Joliet in 1912 and entered the employ of the Chicago-Joliet Electric Railway Company. He was later put in charge of the electric light department. In April, 1918, he enlisted for service in the World War and attended the Bradley Polytechnical School at Peoria, Ill. He was then transferred to a radio school at Columbia, S. C., and later attended the Field Artillery School at Anniston, Ala. He was discharged from the service in February, 1919, and returned to Joliet, where he resumed his work with the Chicago-Joliet Electric Railway Company as storekeeper and purchasing agent. In 1925 he was made superintendent of automotive equipment, and on Jan. 1, 1927, was promoted to assistant general manager. He assumed his present responsibilities as superintendent of transportation in October, 1927.

In 1919 Mr. Le Riche was united in marriage with Miss Clara Brach, the daughter of August and Amelia Brach, of Willow Springs, Ill.

In politics Mr. Le Riche is identified with the Republican party, and he is a member of Matteson lodge A. F. & A. M. No. 175, B. P. O. Elks No. 296, American Legion Harwood Post No. 5, Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Methodist church and is well known in the community in which he lives.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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