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Charles Wesley Flack

FLACK, Charles Wesley, a prominent lawyer, of Macomb, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Fremont County, Iowa, June 2, 1865, and received his education in the Industry (Ill.) public schools, the Macomb Normal School and Valparaiso College, at Valparaiso, Ind. He is a son of John W. and Louisa (Osborn) Flack. His father was born December 30, 1840, in Schuyler County, Ill.; and his mother in McDonough County, that State, April 13, 1842. His paternal grandparents were Bartholomew Flack, a native of Germany, who died August 15, 1893, and Eva Elizabeth (Heitzel) Flack, also of German birth, who died October 22, 1891. On the maternal side, the grandfather and grandmother were Solomon and Dicey Osborn, natives of North Carolina, who died, respectively, in 1878 and 1861. The maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Osborn, was born in 1799, and died in 1870. Charles Wesley Flack taught school from 1884 to 1893. He was Principal of the Carman School in Henderson County, Ill., from 1887 to 1889, and of the Biggsville School, from 1889 to 1891. In 1892, he was Principal of the Fourth Ward School, Macomb. During the year 1891 he was President of the Henderson County Teachers' Association. Mr. Flack was admitted to the bar August 23, 1893, and officiated as Master in Chancery of the Circuit Court of McDonough County from 1896 to 1898.

Charles W. Flack was married August 17, 1887, to Ura M. Kee, of Industry, Ill., whose education was obtained in the Industry schools and at Valparaiso, Ind. The children resulting from this union are: Vera B., born December 29, 1889, and Charles E., born March 29, 1902. Politically, Mr. Flack is a Democrat, and wields much influence in the local councils of his party. In 1899, he was Chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee. His popularity in the community is indicated by the fact that he was elected City Attorney of Macomb in 1897, by a majority of fifty-three votes when the city was normally Republican by 400 majority. From 1896 to 1899 he served as President of the Macomb Public Library Board, and was re-elected to that position in July, 1905. Fraternally, Mr. Flack is affiliated with Macomb Lodge No. 17, A. F. & A. M., Morse Chapter No. 19 and Macomb Commandery No. 61. He was Worshipful Master (Macomb Lodge No. 17) during 1901-02. As a lawyer, Mr. Flack is able and diligent, and his general standing is high.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 878, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.

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