Lee County Biography


William F. Bunger, engaged in general farming upon two hundred and forty-eight acres of excellent land on section 24, Ashton township, was born in Germany, August 21, 1872. He is a son of Peter and Etta (Decker) Hunger, also natives of Germany, who came to America in 1885, locating in Peoria county, Illinois. To their union were born thirteen children, of whom six are yet living.

William F. Bunger was reared in Peoria county and there acquired a district school education. He remained at home until he was twenty-eight years of age and then engaged in farming upon rented land, living upon this property for nine years. He made his first purchase of land in Lee county, buying two hundred and forty-eight acres on section 24, Ashton township. Upon this farm he has resided since that time and his interests have steadily grown in importance until he is today one of the leading agriculturists of his locality.

Mr. Bunger married Miss Katherine Bruns. a native of Peoria. Illinois, and a daughter of Heye and Gretchen Bruns, both of whom were born in Germany. The parents came to America at an early date and both passed away in this country. They had four children, of whom three still survive. Mr. and Mrs. Bunger have become the parents of four children, Etta M., Gretchen K., Edith H. and William F. The parents are members of the Lutheran church, and Mr. Bunger gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. His success is largely the result of his own energy and enterprise, and these qualities have made him widely and favorably known in the community.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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