Lee County Illinois Biography


Jonas B. Eiclioltz was just entering upon manhood when he came with his parents to this county. The thirty years that have since passed by have been fruitful to him of much good,as by persistent industry he has im­proved a valuable farm, and has been enabled to retire from active business while yet scarcely past the prime of life, with an income amply sufficient to fortify him against poverty, and to keep up the pleasant home to which he has retreated near the village of Nachusa.

Our subject was born in Adams Countj', Pa., March 26, 1840, the second son of John F. and Anna (Boyer) Eiclioltz, who were both natives of Pennsylvania, and were descendants of the old families of that State, both being of German ex­traction. The paternal great-grandfather of our subject was a native of Germany, who came to this country and settled in Pennsylvania prior to the Revolution. The family for generations have been farmers by occupation, and stanch members of the Lutneran Church. Frederick Eicholtz, the grandfather of our subject, lived and died in Adams Count}', Pa., whicli was also his birthplace. He attained a ripe old age. He married a Miss Rex, who was also a native of Adams County, and was born of similar parentage as her husband. She was like him a Lutheran in religion. Her marriage with him was fruitful of two children, of whom John F. was one. Her husband had one child by a second marriage.

John F. Eicholtz grew to manhood in the county of his nativity, and in due time, took unto himself a wife, who was born and .reared on a farm in Adams County, which had been in the family for 3'ears, and is yet. Her parents, Martin and Esther (Hoover) Boyer, were life-long residents of that county, and were of German parentage. They were prosperous tillers of the soil. In them the Mennonite Church had two faithful and helpful members. John Eicholtz and his wife continued to live in Adams County, Pa., after their marriage until their three sons and two daughters were born, when they removed to Carroll County, Md., and thence to Lee County, this State, in 1861, making their home for the future in Nachusa Township, where they both died in the fulness of time, the mother dying in 1881 at the age of sixty-eight years, and the father in 1887, at the age of seventy-three years. They joined the German Baptist Church after coming to Illinois, and re­mained true to that faith until death. Mr. Eicholtz was a faithful follower of the Democratic party in his politics.

Our subject is one of five children, all of whom are married and well settled in life as successful farmers. His two brothers, Daniel B. and George, live in Kansas and Kansas City, Mo., respectively. Of the two sisters, Susan is the wife of D. W. Bark-man, a farmer of Nachusa Township, and Lydia B. is the wife of M. D. Wingert, of China Township. Jonas Eicholtz spent his early years on the paternal acres in Adams County, and was a healthy, active lad of twelve years when the family removed to Maryland, where the remainder of his youth was passed, and three weeks after the emigration of the family to this State he attained his majority. He had lived in this county since that time, with the exception of two years, and has been greatly prospered in his undertakings. He has acquired a goodly amount of property, including some fine, well-improved lands in Nachusa Township, two hundred and fifteen acres in all, and that part of his farm lying on section 18, has been developed wholly by himself from a state of nature. He has been living in his present home near the village for nine years, and for the past five years has done no active business. He has held the office of Assessor of the township, and has always been earnestly interested in its welfare, all plans for public improvement meeting with his hearty support. He is a man^ whose stability of character and general trustworthiness make him a very desirable citizen, a good neighbor and stanch friend, and true and kind in his domestic relations. His politics are of the Democratic order, and he stands firmly by his party whatever betides. He and his wife are consistent members of the Luth­eran Church.

Mr. Eicholtz was married in Adams County, Pa. to Miss Elanora Peters, and they dwelt there for a time before taking up their residence permanently in this county. Mrs. Eicholtz was born in Adams County, Pa., August 23, 1840, a daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Dutraugh) Peters,who were born, reared, married and died in Pennsylvania, passing their wedded life on their farm in Adams County, their native county, dying at the age of seventy-eight years. They were of German parentage, their par­ents being among the early settlers of Adams County, beginning life there in the timber. Mrs. Eicholtz comes of a long-lived race, and one of her grandmothers, whose maiden name was Hoffman, and who was well-known in her county, lived to be very old, her life being prolonged until she was past ninety years of age. Mrs. Eicholtz is the youngest of three children. Her brother Richard is married and is a merchant in Harrisburg, Pa., and her sister, Mrs. Sarah Rex, lives on the old family homestead in Adams County.

Our subject and his wife have one son, Oscar R., who was bora March 26, 1866, in Adams County, Pa. He is a practical, wide-awake young farmer, and is successfully operating his father's homestead farm on section 18, Nachusa Township. He mar­ried Miss Cora Parker, who was born in Indiana, but was reared and educated in this county. They have two children, Guy W. and Erma E. for a time was a resident of St. Charles. He then went back to Canada, and, in 1847, again came to Illinois, and bought a farm in this county, near Malugin's Grove. Some years after, he went to Kansas, and died there. The wife of our subject was a child when her mother died, and she lived with an aunt until she was fifteen years old, when she came to Illinois with her father. She is a woman of great worth, and a consistent Christian member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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