Jackson County, Indiana, History & Picture Archive

Reading: 1886: History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brant and Fuller.

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WILLIAM ACKER is a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., and was
born June 12, 1839, being the second son of John F. and Mary Mag-
dalina Acker, who were natives of Bavaria. They immigrated to
America and settled in Washington City in 1819; thence to
Pittsburgh, Penn., where the subject of this sketch was born.
John F. Acker followed wagon-making at this place. He removed
with his family to Louisville, where the subject of this sketch fol-
lowed huckstering until the age of twenty-one, when in contact
with the busy work-a-day world, he learned many valuable lessons
in human nature and business that have contributed largely to
his subsequent successes. In February, 1860, he came to Jack-
son County, and located at Dudleytown, where he established a
country store, and continued in this business until 1881, when he
was elected by the Democratic party to the office of county treas-
urer in 1880, and was re-elected to the same office in 1882, his
second term expiring August 15, 1885. In the administration of
the affairs of this office he displayed marked abilities as a fin-
ancier. Upon the incorporation of the Jackson County Bank, Mr.
Acker was called upon to assume the position of cashier. He was
elected to this office October 6, 1885. He is also the largest stock-
holder in the bank, and to a great extent molds its financial
policy. William Acker was united in marriage to Miss Annie
Elizabeth Otte April 15, 1860. These children have been the
issue of this union: Mary M., Elizabeth, Catharine, William, an
infant (dead), John F., Charles, Ella and Johnnie. Mr. Acker
has served the citizens of Washington Township as assessor for
eight years and trustee for two years. Mr. Acker and wife are
consistent members of the Lutheran Church. The subject of this
sketch is pre-eminently a self-made man, and has steadily arisen
from poverty to affluence. He has been faithful to every trust
imposed upon him, and in every relation of life he has been an
honest man and a perfect gentleman.

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