James C. Garrick Biography


This biography appears on pages 1121-1122 in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. IV (1915) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger, mkrueger@iw.net.


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JAMES C. GARRICK, of Webster, filling the office of sheriff of Day County, was born in Delhi, New York, December 20, 1872, a son of Alex and Elizabeth (Cowan) Garrick, who were natives of Delaware county, New York, born in 1845 and 1843 respectively. The father is still living but the mother passed away in 1909. They were married in the Empire State and in 1880 removed to Iowa, where the father secured a farm and in 1883 they became residents of Faulk County, South Dakota, where he took up land from the government. After cultivating that tract for a time he removed to the vicinity of Faulkton and at the present time is living retired, making his home with his children. His business affairs were carefully and wisely conducted, bringing him success. His family numbered five children, of whom four are living: Isabella, the wife of William Plants, a merchant and farmer living near Faulkton; W. R., who is sheriff of Faulk county; A. A., manager for the Day County Garage Company; and James C. The father is a member of the Congregational church and an active representative of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


In politics he is a republican and for several years served as county commissioner of Faulk County. His father, Alex Garrick, Sr., was born in Scotland and at the age of seventeen years came to the United States. He followed the occupation of farming and died in the state of New York. The maternal grandfather of James C. Garrick was Andrew Cowan, who was born in Scotland, and also engaged in agricultural pursuits to the time of his demise, which occurred in New York. James C. Garrick after acquiring a common-school education turned his attention to farming and to the grain business and since starting out independently has made steady progress. He has an interest in the firm of Potter, Garrick & Potter, which controls a line of nine elevators at various points in this state and they handle an extensive amount of grain, their business furnishing an excellent market for the grain raisers, while at the same time it is a source of profitable income to the partners. Believing in South Dakota and its future, Mr. Garrick has invested to a large extent in land in this state and is also the owner of land in North Dakota.


In 1902 occurred the marriage of Mr. Garrick and Miss Evelyn Potter, a daughter of S. L. Potter, of Webster, South Dakota, and they have one child, Carlyle, born in 1906. The parents occupy an enviable social position and are regarded as devout members of the Congregational church. In Masonry Mr. Garrick has taken the degrees of the Scottish Rite and of the Mystic Shrine. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has served as alderman of Webster, while in 1912 he was elected to the office of sheriff of Day county, in which he is making a most creditable record by the prompt, fearless and faithful discharge of his duties. He represents one of the old pioneer families of his section of the state and has for about a third of a century been identified with the progress and development of this part of South Dakota.