Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.
|DAVID LACHARITE, a merchant of Assumption,
has been a resident of this place for three decades, and is too well known to the business men of this and adjoining
counties to require a special introduction. He is numbered among the most esteemed citizens and public-spirited
men of this region, and is well worthy of representation among the pioneers and foremost business men of Christian
The birth of Mr. Lacharite occurred near Montreal, Canada, November 12, 1839. He spent his youth and grew to man's estate in his native land, and at that time had meagre educational advantages. Since arriving at mature years his education has been mainly acquired.
While still a lad, he commenced learning the carpenter's and joiner's trade, and it was in the pursuit of that vocation that he first crossed the border to the United States. For some time he worked in Minnesota, from there going to Louisiana, where he remained until 1863.
At that time he came to Illinois and joined some friends in Assumption. After locating here he engaged in contracting and building for a number of years with good success. In 1868, he entered into partnership with A. Cazalet [ed., August Cazelet] and embarked, in the general mercantile business.
After continuing together for about ten years, our subject purchased his partner's interest and succeeded to the whole business, which he carried on for several years by himself, but now has associated with him Joseph Lambert. The firm carries a large, well-selected and complete stock of general merchandise, and has built up a very large trade in this locality. They have established a reputation for fair dealing and honorable treatment of customers which is truly enviable. The building in which is located their stock is large, well constructed and finely lighted. This property and his residence belong to our subject. It is said that while doing a business of $50,000 annually, he would countermand a $15 order if he considered it not to his advantage, yet his biographer feels inclined to question the truth of this statement, as Mr. Lacharite is considered one of the foremost business men of Assumption.
February 14, 1865, Mr. Lacharite and Miss Ella Lambert, were married in Assumption. The lady is a daughter of Benjamin Lambert, one of the pioneers of Christian County. Like her husband, Mrs. Lacharite is a native of Canada, and was a child of only five years when brought by her parents to this county. Seven children have graced this union, namely: Mary, Clara, Arthur A., Henry, Ella, Herman C. and Leah. Arthur A., an enterprising business man, has entire charge of the books of his father's business. The family are members of St. Marie's Catholic Church.
In local politics our subject has taken quite an active part, and has been elected to several official positions. Among others he has served as Supervisor of the township, and has been a member of the County Board. For ten years he was a County Commissioner, and to that fact is due in a large measure the excellent roads of this locality. He supports the nominees of the Democratic party, and is quite an active worker in the ranks. For a period of ten years he was a School Trustee, and has done much to advance the cause of education. In whatever position he has been called upon to fill, he has been ever found a faithful and efficient officer.
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