|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1860|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1944|
ABRAHAM HALLECK - Mr. Halleck was a native of Illinois, having been born on the farm of his parents in Kankakee County, that state, November 15, 1860. The father, James Halleck, was a farmer and nurseryman by occupation, the maiden name of his wife being Mary Gleason. About 1865 the family moved to Newton County, Indiana, James Halleck erecting a saw-mill on the Beaver Lake Ditch, which he operated a number of years. He later moved to the vicinity of Fair Oaks and proved himself an active and enterprising citizen, being instrumental in having the so-called "milk train" on the Monon Railway established. His political principles allied him with the republican party, and while living Newton County he was elected and served as one of the county commissioners. Both he and his wife are now deceased. Their family was a large one, numbering nine children.
Abraham Halleck's early life was passed much after the manner of the farmers' boys of that time. His education was acquired in the old Wade School and in the graded schools at Morocco. Successfully passing the necessary examination, he was granted a teacher's license when about sixteen years old, and altogether taught some six years of winter terms. During this time he took a course in Central Normal College at Danville, Indiana, from which he was graduated in 1880. Subsequently, having read law in the office of Judge Peter H. Ward, in Kentland, he was admitted to the bar about 1884. For some years, however, he pursued a business rather than a professional career, engaging with a brother in the hay, grain, and implement business at DeMotte, and other places in Jasper County, and was thus occupied until February, 1903. He then came to Rensselaer and embarked in the practice of his profession, in which he continued with marked success, having been identified with much of the important litigation in the county. He was the present attorney for the Marble-Powers Ditch, (Cause No. 89), which had in hand the straightening of the Kankakee River for twenty-eight miles. This involved the construction of what would be the largest ditch in the State of Indiana. Some years ago, Mr. Halleck established a telephone line connecting DeMotte, Kniman and Wheatfield, which was the first telephone line constructed in Jasper County. Though at first but a small private affair, it eventually developed into the Halleck Telephone Company, operating 150 mile of wire. In politics Mr. Halleck was a republican and in 1896 was elected county commissioner, during the nine years he served as such acting as president of the board. It was during this time that the new courthouse was erected. In 1908 he was elected state senator for White, Jasper, Newton and Starke Counties. While in the Senate he was chairman of the drainage committee. He also introduced the bill making it possible for each county to establish a tuberculosis hospital, and it passed both House and Senate, but did not become a law, as the governor failed to give it his signature.
Mr. Halleck was married June 1, 1888, to Lura I. Luce, and they have had born to them five children: Mildred E. (Mrs. William G. Richardson), Hester (Mrs. Harry Milner), Lura, Charles and Harold.
James Halleck (1825 - 1900)
Mary Gleason Halleck (1832 - 1899)
Lura Irene Luce Halleck (1865 - 1941)*
Charles Abraham Halleck (1900 - 1986)*
Charles Halleck (1855 - 1938)*
Abraham Lincoln Halleck (1860 - 1944)
Ransom E Halleck (1862 - 1930)*
Ida May Buntain (1864 - 1947)*
Nettie Halleck Joyner (1868 - 1944)*
William Halleck (1870 - 1938)*
Maintained by: LDHalleck
Originally Created by: Angie Robinson
Record added: Aug 18, 2010
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