Lee County Biographies

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ADAM H. GONNERMAN


Farming interests of Lee county are well represented by Adam H. Gonnermann, who since 1904 has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Bradford township, where he now owns one hundred and twenty acres of excellent land. He was born here May 10, 1878, and is a son of Henry and Katherine Gonnermann, natives of German, who came to the United States in 1866, locating in Lee county, Illinois. The mother died here in 1902 and is survived by her husband, who makes his home in Franklin Grove.

Adam H. Gonnermann was reared upon his father's farm in Bradford township and assisted in its operation until he was twenty-six years of age. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits upon rented land for five years and following this bought one hundred and twenty acres on section 3, Bradford township. He has labored industriously in the development of this property and has made it valuable and productive in a high degree. Its buildings are substantial and in good repair and its equipment modern, and it lacks none of the accessories necessary to the conduct of a modern farming property.

On December 14, 1904, Mr. Gonnermann was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Kurth, who was born in Ogle county, Illinois, a daughter of Christ and Amelia (Witzel) Kurth, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in the '70s and located in Lee county, this state, whence they later moved to Ogle county, where they now reside. In their family were five children, all of whom survive. Mr. and Mrs. Gonnermann have two children: Glenn W., born March 24, 1908, and Henry C, born March 1, 1912. The parents are members of the Lutheran church and Mr. Gonnermann gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He holds the office of school director and he takes an intelligent interest in public affairs although he is not an active politician. He is held in high esteem in the community as a progressive citizen and a prosperous farmer.

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

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CHARLES H. GONNERMAN

Charles H. Gonnermann, a progressive and successful young farmer of Bradford township, was born here October 1, 1883, a son of Henry and Katherine Gonnermann, of whom further mention is made elsewhere in this work. He was reared upon his father's farm and acquired his education in the public schools of the township, spending his time when not engaged with his books aiding his father in the operation of the homestead. When he became of age he took charge of the home farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 3, Bradford township, and this he has since successfully operated. He has a valuable property provided with excellent buildings and equipment, and he carries forward the work of its development in a practical and progressive way.

On the 20th of January, 1910, Mr. Gonnermann was united in marriage to Miss Nellie A. Keacker, who was born June 20, 1885, in Bradford township, this county, a daughter of William and Minnie Keacker, the father a native of Germany, the mother of Lee county. The parents came to America at an early date and still reside in Bradford township. Mr. and Mrs. Gonnermann are members of the German Lutheran church, and Mr. Gonnermann gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He is still a young man but he has already become well known in agricultural circles and will undoubtedly be carried forward into still more important relations with farming interests of his native township.

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

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JOHN GONNERMAN

John Gonnerman is engaged in general farming on section 18, Reynolds township, occupying the old family homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. The occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work, and it has been by reason of his industry and perseverance that he has attained a creditable measure of success, becoming one of the substantial farmers of the community. He was born in Reynolds township, March 31, 1872, and is a son of Marcus Gonnerman. He remained at home until he attained his majority and during that period attended the public schools, spending the winter months in study, while the summer seasons were devoted to the work of the farm. He began to till the fields almost as soon as he was able to reach the plow handles, and as the years have progressed he has had long and practical experience in farm work. When he reached man's estate he rented a farm and continued to cultivate leased land for a number of years, during which period he carefully saved his earnings until his economy and industry had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to purchase two hundred acres of land in Ogle county. He lived upon that farm for a year and then sold it and removed to the old homestead in Reynolds township on section 38, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land which is naturally rich and arable. He carries on general farming, raising crops best adapted to soil and climate, and the rich prairie land of Illinois responds in good crops.

In 1902 Mr. Gonnerman was united in marriage to Miss Anna H. Cordes, who was born in Woodford county, Illinois, a daughter of John and Grace Cordes, both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to America at an early day and to them were born ten children. Mr. and Mrs. Gonnerman have become the parents of two children: Florence M., born April 24, 1903, and Cornelius, born July 28, 1905. The parents hold membership in the Lutheran church and are loyal to its teachings, exemplifying their faith in their lives. Mr. Gonnerman has served for seven years as school director and believes that good schools should furnish children the training which will lit them for life's practical and responsible duties. He votes with the republican party but does not seek nor desire office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his business affairs.

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

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WILLIAM H. GONNERMAN

A spirit of enterprise and progress actuates William H. Gonnermann in all that he does. He has worked diligently and persistently to develop and improve his farm, which is today a fine property of one hundred and sixty acres in Bradford township. He was born in this township December 1, 1867, and is a son of Henry and Katherine Gonnermann, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1866 and located in Lee county, Illinois, where the mother died in 1902. The father makes his home in Franklin Grove.

One of a family of seven children, William H. Gonnerman was reared at home and assisted in the operation of his father's farm until he was twenty-three years of age. His marriage occurred at that time and he afterward rented property, upon which he carried on general farming fur some time. Eventually he purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Bradford township. Upon this property he has since resided and he has steadily carried forward the work of improving and developing it so that it is today a valuable place, equipped with the accessories and conveniences of a model farm property. Mr. Gonnermann engages in general farming and stock-raising and his interests are carefully controlled, so that he has now reached a plane of affluence, being numbered among the substantial citizens of the community.

Mr. Gonnermann has been twice married. When he was twenty-three years of age he wedded Miss Lena H. Reinhart, a daughter of Anton and Catherine Reinhart, both natives of Germany. Mrs. Gonnermann passed away June 25, 1910, leaving two children: Arthur H. and Catherine H., both at home. In January, 1913, Mr. Gonnermann was again married, his second wife being Mrs. Marie (Stauffenberg) Wallace, the widow of Charles H. Wallace, a native of New York. Mrs. Gonnermann?s parents were born in Germany and came to America in the early '70s. The father died in May, 1913, and is survived by his wife. Mrs. Gonnermann's first husband died in 1899 and was laid to rest in Ashton cemetery. He left two children, Henry and William, residents of Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Gonnermann is a republican in his political beliefs and has served as school director. He is a progressive and public-spirited citizen and a capable and successful farmer and is held in high regard wherever he is known.

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

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