Lee County Biography


Adolph Frenzel is numbered among the enterprising and successful business men of Dixon who is engaged in carrying on a meat market on the comer of First and Peoria Streets and where he has been established since 1866. This gentleman not only deals in meats of all kinds, but also in live stock, doing quite a business in this line. He had formerly been in business on his own account in Chicago, and also worked in Louisville, Ky., as a "jour." By persistent industry and close economy he has made his own fortune since coming to Dixon, as he lost all he had in Chicago.

This gentleman is one of the many in this country who had their birth across the sea, he having been born in Saxe-Weimar, Germany, in 1835. He comes from pure German ancestry. His parents lived and died in their native county and the father followed the trade of a butcher in which he was reasonably successful.

Our subject and his twin brother, Henry, came to the United States in 1861,and Henry died some years later in Chicago, leaving a wife and one child. This gentleman received but meager educational advantages and soon learned the trade of a butcher with his father and at the early age of sixteen years he set out from home working at his trade. He then served his country as a regular soldier for some years when he did journeyman work at his trade in Hamburg previous to coming to America. He landed in New York City and directly went to Louisville, Ky., and after a short time went to Chicago.

While in this last named city, Mr. Frenzel met and married Miss Catherine Hastenstine, a native of Baden, Germany, who had come to the United Suites with her parents in 1848, but the father returned to his native home in 1858. She is a lovable and true woman and mother and is liked by all her acquaintances. This couple have been blessed by the birth of three children; Robert F., who assists his father in the market; Ida, wife of Trune Rosebrock, now living on a farm in this county, and Carrie, who is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Frenzel are people who are held in the highest repute by all with whom they come in contact, and in politics, Mr. Frenzel affiliates with the Republican party.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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