Lee County Biography


The success which came to John P. Fassig in former years now enables him to live retired. He took up his abode in West Brooklyn in the spring of 1913, at which time he erected his present pleasant and commodious residence and the barns and sheds upon his place. Prior to that time he had carried on general agricultural pursuits. A native of Lee county, he was born on section 17, Brooklyn township, March 23, 1860, his parents being Phillip and Charlotte (Erbes) Fassig, the former being born June 1, 1822, and the latter August 24, 1825. The father came to the new world from Germany in 1854 and settled on a farm near Lamoille, Bureau county, where he remained until 1859. He then purchased a tract of land of eighty acres in Brooklyn township and by degrees converted it into fertile fields, from which he gathered golden harvests. He practiced strict economy as well as industry and was his able fortune in time to add to his holdings until he had four hundred acres, bringing the entire farm to a high state of cultivation. Upon that place he reared his family of eight children, of whom six are yet living and are a credit to the family name. Of the two who passed away, Tina died at the age of seventeen years and was buried in the Mendota cemetery, while Phillip died in February, 1912, at the age of fifty-six years, and was buried in the Brooklyn Union cemetery. The living members of the family are besides our subject: William, who followed the carpenter's trade in Mendota; Catherine, the wife of William Ulsh, of Compton, Illinois; Mary, the wife of John Yost, of Mendota; Charlotte, the wife of Edward Ulsh; and Louise, the wife of Conrad Yost, of Mendota. The parents have both been called to the home beyond, the father dying January 5, 1904, and the mother October 4, 1897.

John P. Fassig was a pupil in the public schools of West Brooklyn until sixteen years of age, although he attended only through the winter months, while the summer seasons were devoted to farm work. After putting aside his text-books his entire time was given to the labors of the fields on the old homestead until he reached the age of twenty-three years. Desirous that his efforts should more directly benefit himself, he then rented a farm, which he operated for four years, and the money that he saved during that period enabled him to purchase eighty acres of his father's farm. By degrees he increased this to three hundred and sixty acres and carried on general agricultural pursuits. His methods were practical, progressive and resultant. He placed substantial improvements upon his land, divided it into fields of convenient size by well kept fences and used modern farm machinery to till the soil and harvest the crops. At length his financial returns had made him the possessor of a handsome competence and content with this, he put aside further business cares and removed to West Brooklyn, erecting his present home in the spring of 1913. Here he is pleasantly situated and is surrounded with all of the comforts and some of the luxuries of life.

On the 4th of January, 1885, in Brooklyn township, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Fassig and Miss Sophie Florscheutz, a daughter of George and Margaret Florscheutz. The father was a German by birth and on coming to this country took up farming, but both he and his wife are now deceased. They were connected with the German Lutheran church and were recognized as people of sterling worth in their community. Mr. and Mrs. Fassig had five children: Charles, who passed away in March, 1910, at the age of twenty-three years; Carrie, who is at home; George, a farmer residing on his father's land, which is situated about a mile south of West Brooklyn; Tina, at home; and Ella, who is attending school. Mr. Fassig votes with the democratic party, and he and his wife belong to the German Lutheran church. High principles guide them in life's relations and they have gained many warm friends, who esteem them highly for their genuine worth of character. Mr. Fassig started out in life empty-handed but was ambitious and willing to work, and his industry has brought him to the position of affluence which he now occupies.

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


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