Carroll County IL Biography


Carroll county boasts some of the finest farms to be found throughout Illinois, for the agriculturalists of this locality are thoroughly modern in their methods, and know how to make their land yield large crops. They take a pride in having their property in good condition, and promote improvements which provide for good roads, substantial schools and other conveniences. Among these representative men is Christian Neuschwanger of section 4, Mt. Carroll township, born in Galena, Jo Daviess county, Ill., July 22, 1852, a son of John and Barbara (Baehr) Neuschwanger, natives of Germany, who came to Peoria with their parents, when children, and there grew to maturity. By trade the father was a carpenter, who between 1845 and 1850, came to Jo Daviess county, Ill., driving overland from Chicago. They located in Galena, where they resided some time, and the father worked at his trade. In 1852, they went to Scales Mound, and Mr. Neuschwanger went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad, then in the process of construction. His wife had a boarding house and fed the railroad men. Both worked hard and underwent many hardships, being there during the terrible epidemic of cholera, when Mr. Neuschwanger buried his own brother. There were many deaths then, and many of them were men who had boarded with the Neuschwangers. In 1864, these parents bought forty acres four miles east of Apple River, Jo Daviess county, where they lived until 1873, and then sold to buy 120 acres on section 4, Mt. Carroll township. Here they lived until Mrs. Neuschwanger died, December 23, 1886. After her death, Mr. Neuschwanger sold the farm to his son Christian, and in the spring of 1887, John went to Harvey county, Kas., where he is now residing, having retired from active life. He and his wife were members of the Mennonite church, and he is now living in a community of that faith. They were the parents of seven children, of whom Christian was the eldest. The only other member of this family besides Mr. Neuschwanger of this sketch, who survives, is Elizabeth, Mrs. Daniel Clevidance of Woodland township.

Christian Neuschwanger remained with his parents, working for his father until he married, when he rented the home farm for three years. In 1878, he moved to Woodland township, where he operated a farm of forty acres on section 34, for eleven years. In the spring of 1887, he bought the home farm, which has since been his place of residence. Politically he is a Republican, but has never desired office, although interested in the development of his locality.

On December 2, 1875, he was married to Sarah Matilda Souders, born in Woodland township, August 15, 1858, daughter of William and Harriet (Smith) Souders, he born in Pennsylvania in January, 1832 and she born in Maryland, September 16, 1838. They came to Carroll county, Ill., with their parents about 1845 or 1847, locating on farms near Mt. Carroll. Mr. and Mrs. Souders were married about 1854, and located in Mt. Carroll, where he worked by the day. He died in 1887, but his widow still survives, making her home with her daughter Mrs. Charles Law, on the home farm. Mr. and Mrs. Neuschwanger have had ten children, all living: Hattie Bell, Mrs. Hiram Fulroth, who was born November 6, 1876, lives in Mt. Carroll; four children: Walter, Vera, Paul and Louis; John Roy, who was born November 21, 1878, lives in Mt. Carroll and married Ada Merritt; Mina Edith, Mrs. Otho Robb, who was born April 7, 1881, lives at Savanna, Ill.; four children; William W., who was born June 26, 1883, lives in Mt. Carroll township and married Blanch Williams; two children Seta and Lucille; Eunice L., who was born March 26, 1885, lives in Savanna, Ill.; Mary Elsie, who was born may 26, 1887, is Mrs. George Mitchell of Mt. Carroll, one child Helen; Harrison E., who was born June 4, 1890; Etta Elizabeth, who was born September 5, 1891; Charles Estal, who was born May 29, 1894, and Ervie McKinley, who was born July 12, 1897. Mrs. Neuschwanger is a member of the United Brethren church. The family is very highly respected throughout Carroll county, where members of it have resided for so many years. Mr. Neuschwanger is a good farmer, a public-spirited citizen, and his home life is ideal.

Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portraits & Biographical

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