Lee County Biography


During the entire period of his active life Charlie Gleim has been engaged in agricultural pursuits and since 1892 has been the owner of one of the finest farms in Lee county, his holdings comprising two hundred and eighty acres on section 28, Ashton township. He was born in Germany on the 28th of October, 1858, and is a son of Adam and Louise Gleim, also natives of that country. They came to America in 1867 and located in Lee county, Illinois, where both passed away. To their union were born nine children, of whom eight are yet living.

Charlie Gleim was reared upon his father's farm and acquired his education in the district schools of this locality. When he was twenty-one years of age he began working as a farm hand and so continued for six years. In 1892 he became an independent farmer, buying the property which he now owns. This comprises two hundred and eighty acres on section 28, Ashton township, and Mr. Gleim has made excellent improvements upon it, providing it with good buildings and modern machinery. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and has built up an extensive business along this line.

On the 11th of April, 1887, Mr. Gleim was united in marriage to Miss Mary Reitz, a native of Lee county and a daughter of Adam and Barbara Reitz. Mr. and Mrs. Gleim have five children: Lena B.D., who was born January 28, 1888, and who is now the wife of Fred Bork, of Ogle County, Illinois; William H. born January 18, 1890, at home; Frank T., whose birth occurred November 17, 1891; Alta M., born August 8, 1898; and Amanda D., born December 12, 1903. The parents are members of the Lutheran church and Mr. Gleim gives his political allegiance to the republican party, taking an intelligent interest in the advancement and growth of Lee county, where he has resided for many years. He is a man of enterprise and ability and has, therefore, been carried forward into important relations with agricultural interests of this locality.

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


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