Lee County Biography


John E. Eckhart is the owner of seventy-nine acres of land on section 18, Bradford township, and has been very successful in the cultivation of this property, being numbered among the representative and able agriculturists of Lee county. He was born in Lee Center, December 11, 1856, and is a son of Henry and Martha (Kilmer) Eckhart, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in the '40s and later took up their residence in Lee county, where the father bought land upon which he resided until his death. In their family were eleven children, eight of whom survive.

John E. Eckhart Was reared at home and acquired his education in the district schools. When he was twenty-one years of age he began work as a farm laborer and continued thus for fifteen years thereafter. At the end of that time he rented land and after two years purchased the farm which he now owns. He has seventy-nine acres on section 18, Bradford township, and in its cultivation follows always the most practical and progressive methods with the result that the property has increased in value and productiveness 3'ear by year. It is today an excellent farm, reflecting the care and labor which the owner has bestowed upon it.

In 1885 Mr. Eckhart was united in marriage to Miss Anna Nass, a native of Lee county and a daughter of John and Augusta Nass. The mother has passed away but the father survives. Mr. and Mrs. Eckhart have two children, Harry and Raymond, at home. The parents are members of the Evangelical church and Mr. Eckhart gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He has served as school director and is progressive and public-spirited in matters of citizenship, cooperating heartily in all movements for the general good. He is in all essential respects a self-made man, for the prosperity which he now enjoys has been won entirely through his own efforts. His success is founded upon hard work, industry and well directed ambition.

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

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