Biography of George L. Obsitnik, Jr.
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George L. Obsitnik, Jr. is a veteran of the World War and one of the enterprising young men of Joliet, where he is serving as justice of the peace. He was born in this city, April 9, 1893, the son of George L. and Anna (Evanko) Obsitnik.

George L. Obsitnik, who lives retired in Joliet, is a native of Austria. He was born in 1860 and came to the United States when he was 20 years old. He spent one year at Diamond, Ind., where he was employed in the mines, and in 1881 he removed to Joliet, where he was connected with the Illinois Steel Company for many years. He was later sent to Buffalo, N. Y., by the company as foreman of the Seneca plant. Mr. Obsitnik has also served as a member of the local police force and for a number of years was interested in the cafe and restaurant business. He is a Democrat and a member of St. Cyril's Catholic Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Obsitnik the following children were born: Mary, married Andrew Salata, lives at Joliet; George L., Jr., the subject of this sketch; Anna, married Peter Cleary, lives at Joliet; Martin, a World War veteran; Susie, married Mike Chizmarik; Nellie, married Peter Lazar; Michael; John; Bertha; all residents of Joliet; and Elizabeth, deceased.

After completing his schooling at Joliet, George L. Obsitnik, Jr., learned the machinist trade while in the employ of the Illinois Steel Company. In 1909 he left the company's employ and enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was assigned to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and later sent to the Philippine Islands, where he was attached to the 21st Infantry at Parang Moro Province, Island of Mindino. In May, 1911, he was transferred to Vancouver barracks, Washington, where he was discharged. He then reenlisted and in October, 1912, went to Mexico, where he remained until 1917. He was then transferred to San Diego, Calif., and from there to Camp Kearney, Calif., as an instructor. He was later sent as an instructor to Camp Pike, Arkansas. He then attended the First Officers Training Camp at Presidio, Calif., where he was commissioned a captain and upon his return to Camp Pike he was assigned to the 162nd Depot Brigade as an instructor. He later served as an instructor at the Second and Third Officers Training Schools at Camp Pike, and after the Central Officers Training School was established, he became junior instructor. He remained there until the close of the war when he was attached to the Headquarters of Demobolization at Camp Pike. He resigned his commission and was assigned to Company B, Third Division, as first sergeant, and attached to the Recruiting Headquarters at Camp Pike. He was later attached to the Intelligence Department, G2. He was discharged as a first sergeant, July 13, 1922. He then went to Little Rock, Ark., and spent a year as a member of the police force of that city. He removed to Joliet, July 6, 1923, and served on the local police force until May, 1925, when he was elected justice of the peace.

In 1911 Mr. Obsitnik married Miss Lena Donham, the daughter of William C. and Sallie (Fite) Donham, of Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. Obsitnik is a sister of Henry Donham, who is prosecuting attorney of Pulaski County, Ark. To Mr. and Mrs. Obsitnik have been born five children: Agnes, George Lawrence III, Lawrence George, and Virginia Mae, all at home; and George Arthur, deceased.

Mr. Obsitnik is a Republican, and has the following fraternal affiliations: American Legion, Harwood Post No. 5; The "40 and 8" Society; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, F. O. Eagles, Aerial No. 377; Loyal Order of Moose, No. 300; Knights of Columbus; Northeastern Athletic Society; Erwin Athletic Club; St. Cyril's Athletic Club; St. George's Catholic Fraternal Organization; Chamber of Commerce and the Elks. He is a member of the Catholic Church and his wife holds membership in the Baptist Church.

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


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