and Biographical Record of Effingham,Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent andRepresentative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of theUnited States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.
THE time has arrived when it becomes the duty of the people of this county to perpetuate the names of their
pioneers, to furnish arecord of their early settlement, and relate the story of their progress. The civilization
of our day, the enlightenment of the age and the duty that men ofthe present time owe to their ancestors, to themselves
and to their posterity, demand that a record of their lives and deeds should be made. In biographical history is
found a power to instruct man by precedent, to enliven the mental faculties, and to waft down the river of time
a safe vessel in which the namesand actions of the people who contributed to raise this country from itsprimitive
state may be preserved. Surely and rapidly the great and aged men,who in their prime entered the wilderness and
claimed the virgin soil as theirheritage, are passing to their graves. The number remaining who can relate the
incidents of the first days of settlement is becoming small indeed, so that anactual necessity exists for the collection
and preservation of events without delay, before all the early settlers are cut down by the scythe of Time.
To be forgotten has been the great dread of mankind from remotest ages. All will be forgotten soon enough, in spite
of their best worksand the most earnest efforts of their friends to preserve the memory of their lives. The means
employed to prevent oblivion and to perpetuate their memoryhas been in proportion to the amount of intelligence
they possessed. The pyramids of Egypt were built to perpetuate the names and deeds of their great rulers. The exhumations
made by the archeologists of Egypt from buried Memphis indicate adesire of those people to perpetuate the memory
of their achievements. The erection of the great obelisks were for the same purpose. Coming down to a later period,
we find the Greeks and Romans erecting mausoleums and monuments,and carving out statues to chronicle their great
achievements and carry them down the ages. It is also evident that the Mound-builders, in piling up their great
mounds of earth, had but this idea to leave something to show that they had lived. All these works, though many
of them costly in the extreme, give but a faint idea of the lives and characters of those whose memory they were
intended to perpetuate, and scarcely anything of the masses of the people that then lived. The great pyramids and
some of the obelisks remain objects only of curiosity; the mausoleums, monuments and statues are crumbling into
It was left to modern ages to establish an intelligent, undecaying, immutable method of perpetuating a full
history immutable in that it is almost unlimited in extent and perpetual in its action; and this isthrough the
art of printing.
To the present generation, however, we are indebted for the introduction of the admirable system of local biography.
By this system every man, though he has not achieved what the world calls greatness, has the means to perpetuate
his life, his history, through the coming ages.
The scythe of Time cuts down all; nothing of the physical man is left. The monument which his children or friends
may erect to his memory in the cemetery will crumble into dust and pass away; but his life, his achievements, the
work he has accomplished, which otherwise would be forgotten, is perpetuated by a record of this kind.
To preserve the lineaments of our companions we engrave their portraits, for the same reason we collect the
attainable facts of their history. Nor do we think it necessary, as we speak only truth of them, to Wartuntil they
are dead, or until those who know them are gone: to do this we are ashamed only to publish to the world the history
of those whose lives are unworthy of public record.
Austin, Frank G.
Austin, Harry B.
Baptist Church of Effingham
Bissell, Lewis H.
Bliss, Rev. Alfred
Broom, John E.
Broom, Rev. William A.
Campbell, Hon. Albert
Christian Church of Efffingham
Church of the Sacred Heart
Coffey, Rev. Theodore C.
Douglas, Andrew T.
Douglas, William J.
Ducey, Rev. P. R.
Apple Orchard Co
Effingham Baptist Church
Canning & Wood Package Co
Effingham City Schools
First National Bank
Effingham M. E. Church
Effingham Roller Mills
Eversman, Henry, M. D.
Eversman, Wood & Engbring
National Bank of Effingham
Gesenhues, Rev. Herman
Gilmore, Hon. Sylvester F.
Gilmore, James L.
Gillmore, Hon. William
Ginter, William O
Gravenhorst, Adelbert A.
Groves, J. N., M.D.
Hardiek, Herman H.
Hardin, Hon. Stephen
Harrah, Rufus C.
Haselton, J. P.
Haumesser, George J. L., M. D.
Holloway, David Henry
Hough , Legrand M.
Jungmann, Rev. Hermann
Kellar, Rev. Henry Y.
Le Crone, George M.
Le Crone, John, M. D
Loy, Thomas S.
Lugenbeel, William E
McDaniel, Orrin R.
Methodist Episcopal Church of Effingham
Nemeschy, Rev. E.
Partridge, Joseph, Jr.
Paugh, John C., M. D.
Schwartz, Rev. Louis J.
Smith, Sebastian F.
Smith, William H.
Smothers, I. A.
St. Anthony's Roman CatholicChurch
Francis Roman' Catholic Church
St. Joseph's Diocesan College
Storff, Very Rev. Hugoline, O.S.F.
Teroerde, Rev. P. Paulus, O.S.F.
Uptmor, Clement, Jr.
Uptmor, John Henry
Uptmor, John Henry, Sr.
Walker, Joseph B., M. D.
Wallich, L. J.
White, John Conant
John William Aloysius
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