Lee County Biography

Frederick Bollman

Frederick Bollman, a retired farmer of South Dixon Township, owns and occupies a fine farm, comprising 80 acres on section 32. He has resided in this county since 1856, when he came hither from Pennsylvania, having been employed in that State as a teamster. By careful economy and untiring energy, he was enabled to purchase the place which is still his home and where he is passing his declining years in the enjoyment of the comforts of life.

Mr. Bollman was born in Baden, Germany, August 9, 1813, and comes of worthy German forefathers, his parents spending their entire lives in the Fatherland. Frederick was the first of the family to emigrant to the US and having resolved to seek a home in this country, he embarked at Bremerhaven on a sailing vessel, and after a month's voyage on the Atlantic, landed in New York City. His first settlement was made in Pennsylvania near Mason and Dixon's line, and his first employment was in conveying merchandise into Maryland and Virginia, his wages for some years being only from $5 to $10 per month.

In Pennsylvania Mr. Bollman was married to Mrs. Lucinda Moore) Beal, who was born in Pennsylvania, September 10, 1827, and was reared in the Keystone State, her parents being of German descent. By her first marriage, she became the mother of two children; John, who resides in Stockton County, Cal., and Mary the wife of Simon Rhodes, a farmer of South Dixon Twp. After the marriage of Mr.and Mrs. Bollman, they worked together to establish a home and gain a competency. Their wedded life was one of mutual happiness until the death of the wife at her home February 28, 1875. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church, a devoted wife and kind neighbor.

Mr. and Mrs. Bollman became the parents of a large family of children, two of whom, George and Harvey, died when young. Henry married miss E.K. Hatch, and they reside in North Dixon Twp; Anna married William Missman and lives in Dixon; James operates the old homestead on section 32, South Dixon Twp., and also owns 80 acres on section 31, the same township, a highly improved tract of land. He is a thrifty, progressive young man, and very popular. Edwin A., a minister in the Lutheran Church at Forreston IL, married Mary Manning of Lee County. Albert remains at home and aids his brother. Laura married Frank Shaffer, and resides in South Dixon Twp. In their religious convictions Mr. Bollman and his children are members of the Lutheran Church and James has been Superintendent of the Nelson Zion Sunday school for some years. Father and sons are Democrats, with the exception of Edwin who is a Prohibitionist.

Source: Portraits & Biographical Lee County 1892 Pg 288

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