Biography of C. G. Ingraham
Adams County, NE Biographies





C. G. Ingraham, manager of the manufacturing lepartment of J. H. Haney & Company and thus active in the business circles of Hastings, is also a prominent figure in connection with political activity and has served his city as mayor. He was born in Jackson county, Missouri, on the 2d of December, 1868, and is a son of Jacob and Phoebe (Gallahue) Ingraham. The father was a farmer by occupation and at the time of the Civil war put aside all business and personal considerations to serve as a volunteer in an Ohio regiment of the Union army, rendering valiant aid to his country during the darkest hour in its history. Both he and his wife have now passed away.

C. G. Ingraham, who was one of a family of seven daughters and two sons, pursued his education in the public schools of Kansas, the family having removed from Missouri to that state during his early childhood. He supplemented his public school course by study in the normal college at Fort Scott, Kansas, and afterward learned the saddlery business, working at his trade in Fort Scott, Kansas. The year 1891 witnessed his arrival in Hastings, where he continued to represent the same firm. He remained for five years or until financial conditions, caused by the continued and excessive droughts in the state, compelled the closing of the shop. He then returned to Kansas and engaged in farming on the old homestead for five years. In 1900 he again entered the employ of J. H. Haney & Company and has since represented the firm, being one of its most trusted and its oldest employes in years of continuous service. He is thoroughly acquainted with every phase of the business and has worked his way steadily upward until he occupies the responsible position of manager of the manufacturing department.

On the 15th of August, 1900, Mr. Ingraham was united in marriage to Miss Effie M. Worthy, a daughter of William C. Worthy. They have one child, Mary Corrine. The religious faith of the family is that of the Methodist church. In his political views Mr. Ingraham is a democrat and is a recognized leader of his party in Hastings and this section of the state. He is now acting as chairman of the democratic county central committee and also as president of the Wilson & Marshall Club. He served for two terms as a member of the city council and was then elected mayor of Hastings, during which time he made an excellent record for efficiency and for businesslike methods in conducting municipal affairs. During his administration there was passed an ordinance requiring railroads to install and maintain at their own expense lights at the crossings. An excellent traffic ordinance was also passed, and over one hundred electroliers were installed, ninety intersection lights and one hundred and fourteen bracket lights, nine miles of new line and three hundred and fifty new services, while a reduction of almost fifty per cent was made in the electric rates. Mr. Ingraham also succeeded in reducing the indebtedness of the city, which at the time he took office on the 8th of April, 1913, amounted to twenty two thousand five hundred and seventy four dollars. Moreover, he so managed financial interests that the close of his term saw an excellent balance in the treasury. Many other evidences of his tangible public spirit might be cited, but these are sufficient to indicate that his administration was one which wrought for great good to the public. Mr. Ingraham is also a believer in woman suffrage. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason and a Modern Woodman. He has a wide acquaintance and all who know him speak of him in terms of high regard. Even those who oppose him politically acknowledge his honesty and recognize his devotion to the public welfare. He is straightforward, reliable and thoroughly honest in all that he undertakes and he never hesitates to express his convictions clearly and unequivocally.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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