Biography of John Pickert
Winona County, MN Biographies

JOHN PICKERT, postmaster at St. Charles. - Mr. Pickert was appointed to this office in 1871, assuming charge of the office April 1 of that year, and holding it by successive reappointments until the present. When the office was first taken charge of by Mr. Pickert it ranked as one of the fourth class, and the commission issued from the then postmaster general, Creswell. In December, 1874, the office was raised to one of the third class, and the commission then issued bears the autograph of U. S. Grant. The sales of stamps, stamped envelopes, etc., for the last fiscal year aggregated about $2,400; and domestic money orders to the number of 2,300 were issued, the receipts for same aggregating $30,000. John Pickert is a native of New York, in which state he was brought up on a dairy farm, and there followed the business until he. was twenty seven years of age, when he went into Kentucky, having accepted the superintendency of a large cheese dairy for the Marshalls, of that state. Was there when the war broke out, and remained two years after that event, removing to St. Charles, Minnesota, in 1863. Here he was engaged in farming, one half mile north of the business center of the city, and in various other pursuits until his appointment to his present office, a little over twelve years since. He has been prominently identified with the educational interests of the city ever since his residence here, and has been a member of the school board several terms. He was also chairman of the township board when the greatest number of volunteers for the United States army was raised in this township, by virtue of which enlistments St. Charles was practically relieved from military draft. As a Mason, Mr. Pickert has an enviable record at home and abroad, and the memory of his ser ices as H. P. of Orient Chapter during seven successive terms was most pleasantly commemorated during the past winter by an elegant cane presentation. Mr. Pickert was married in 1849, to Miss S. A. Custer, of New York, and their thirty fourth wedding anniversary was duly celebrated not long since. Of their nine children only one is now living, C. J. Pickert, at one time a teacher in the state normal school, and at present in Dakota.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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