Past & Present of Bureau Co., IL 1906
28 Nov 2011
PAST & PRESENT OF BUREAU COUNTY 1906
IGNATIUS J. JAGODZINSKI
Ignatius J. Jagodzinski, a popular, respected and leading citizen of Spring Valley, who has been called to several positions of public trust, serving for three terms as city treasurer, is also a leading merchant of the town, and is today owner of a most extensive mercantile enterprise here. He was born in Poland, a son of Francis and Catherine (Sment) Jagodizinski, who were likewise natives of Poland. The father came to the new world when his son Ignatius was but six years of age, and established his home in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Ignatius J. Jagodzinski was educated in the public schools of LaSalle County and in St. Francis Seminary, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and also in St. Viateur College. His education completed, he engaged in the drug business for a short time, after which he was employed in the office of the county clerk and of the probate clerk in Ottawa for two years. On the expiration of that period he came to Spring Valley in 1888 and embarked in general merchandising, establishing a store, which has grown to be the most extensive in this place. He carries a large and carefully selected line of goods, and has a constantly growing trade, which is accorded him in recognition of his conformity to a high standard of commercial ethics as well as his reasonable prices. Mr. Jagodzinski is also a director and vice president of the Spring valley City Bank, and has the agency for steamships and for foreign banking and exchange. He is likewise agent for various fire insurance companies, and his business interests are thus extensive and varied. Theya re likewise profitable, owing to his capable control and keen discernment.
Mr. Jagodzinski has also figured prominently in political circles in Bureau County, and has done everything in his power to promote the advancement and prosperity of his city and section of the state. For three terms he has served as city treasurer, and has filled other offices of public trust. He is a popular man, respected by all and his good qualities are many.