Lee County Biography

Peter Eisenberg
Bradford Township

The citizens of Illinois who have come from Germany have almost invariably brought with them such traits and habits of life as have rendered them of value in their new home. Their industry and frugality and their rugged perseverance have helped them to achieve such a degree of success as enhances the prosperity of their neighbors. Such is one we find in the gentleman whose portrait is presented here and whose name stands at the head of this brief sketch. His beautiful home is located on Section 22, Bradford Twp., and is one of the most attractive in the county.

Our subject was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, March 22, 1831, and is the son of Asmon and Christine (Sebrar) Eisenberg, who came to this New World in 1852 and made this township their home until their death. They had become the parents of a family of four children, one son and three daughters. Our subject was the youngest member of the family and accompanied his parents to America. He remained under the parental roof and contributed to the support of the family until his marriage, July 1, 1855, at which date Miss Catherine Anna Jane Bower became his wife, their marriage taking place in Bradford Twp. Mrs. Eisenberg was a native of Bavaria, Germany, where her birth occurred in April, 1832.

Mr. and Mrs. Eisenberg have been blest with a family of 11 children - Bertha, Christine, George, John G., William T., Henry W., Adam, Minnie, Mary, Emma M. and Charley. Bertha died in infancy; Christine is the wife of John Vauple; George married Mary Fasau; John G. married Lizzie Greese; Henry W. married Katie Sindlinger; Adam married Mary Burnham.

Our subject has been the incumbent of numerous township offices and the duties of every position which it has been his to fill, have been carried out in the most satisfactory and conscientious manner. He has held the office of Overseer of Highways and while in that position did efficent service, and was also o the School Board as Director. Politically he casts his vote and influence with the Republican party, whose platform embodies his principles regarding our Government. He is always found willing and ready to do what he can for the furtherance of beneficial measures in his community. Mr.and Mrs. Eisenberg are members of the Evangelical Church.

That Mr.Eisenberg is one of the most prominent farmers in Lee County will be readily seen when we mention that he is the owner of 800 acres of beautiful land, most of which lies in Bradford Twp. His enterprise and intelligence enables him to cultivate his property so as to bring about the best results and in every department is an agriculturist, he is meeting with the success so well deserved. His family move int he best circle of society and he does not hesitate to give credit to his excellent wife for her share in thus aiding him to his present standing among the wealthy landowners of Lee County.

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