Lee County Biography

WILLLIAM H. FOSOLDT


Mow deceased, was for many years one of the leading merchants of Amboy, Ill., and is numbered among the early settlers of Lee County, where he located in 1840. As a successful jeweler he carried on business for forty years and won an honorable place among the leading citizens of Amboy. A native of Saxony, Germany, he was born near Trasten, April 5, 1825. His father,G..T. Fasoldt, spent his entire life in his native land and died at the advanced age of ninety, having survived his wife a few years. She too had spent all her days in Saxony, both were members of the Lutheran Church and were highly respected people.

Our subject spent his boyhood in the land of his nativity, and while yet a young man crossed the briny deep to America, following an older brother to Rome, N. Y. At that place he learned the jeweler's trade under his brother, Charles Fasoldt, who was one of the noted jewelers of the Empire State, having patented a number of fine watch works and constructed a great number of town and church clocks of rare excellence. Under his direction William Fasoldt became thoroughly acquainted with the business in all its details, and throughout life was recognized as a skilled workman in his line. With the intention of trying his fortune in the West, he located in South Bend, Ind., where he was first married, his union being with Raima Bower, a native of Germany, who came to America during her maidenhood. A few pears later the young couple removed to Illinois, where Mrs. Fasoldt died at the age of twenty-eight fears. She was a member of the Catholic Church, tnd the mother of four children, two of whom are now deceased—Edward and Franklin. The iving are—Mary, wife of Christian Wovel, who is engaged in farming in Iowa; and Anna, wife of J. W. Wallers, a commercial traveller residing in Aurora Ill.

Mr. Fasoldt was a second time married in Amboy. He was joined in wedlock with Miss Rena Teil, who was born in Germany, November 10, 1841, and is a daughter of Charles and Margaret (Schover) Teil, natives of Germany. Her parents came to this country with their family in 1847, crossing the Atlantic in a sailing vessel, which after a voyage of several weeks, at length dropped anchor in the harbor of New York. By the way of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes, they proceeded to Chicago, from whence they continued their journey with teams overland to Lee Center. Mr. Teil purchased a partially improved farm, and there began life as an agriculturist. He was thus successfully engaged until his death, which occurred it the age of fifty-two years. His wife died some years later in the sixty-sixth year of her age. They were both mem Iters of the Lutheran Church and were worthy people.

As before stated, Mr. Fasoldt went to Amboy in 1840, and at once embarked in the jewelry business, which he made his life work. A liberal patronage soon rewarded his efforts, and he built up an excellent trade, thereby acquiring a handsome income. He was thus engaged in business at the time of his death. In all the relations of life he was honorable and upright, and the success which crowned his efforts was richly merited. Mrs. Fasoldt, who still survives her husband, is one of six children. She was born in Germany, but was reared and educated in Lee County. She is a lady of intelligence and much force of character, is enterprising, and has considerable executive ability. She possesses considerable property in her own right, including some valuable real estate in Amboy and its vicinity. In her religious views Mrs. Fasoldt is a Presbyterian. Her social qualities have won her many friends, and she if held in high esteem by all who know her.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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