Lee County Biographies



AUGUST C. GRIESE


August C. Griese, one of the prosperous and representative citizens of Bradford township, owning and operating seventy-five acres of land on section 1, was born in this township, March 3, 1875. He is a son of Civiacus and Anna K. (Becker) Griese, natives of Germany who came to America in the '60s, settling in Lee county. The father died in 1888 and is survived by his wife, who makes her home in Franklin Grove. She has been twice married and previous to her union with the father of the subject of this review was Mrs. Webber.

August C. Griese was reared in Bradford township and acquired his education in the public schools of this locality. He married in 1897 and in the same year purchased seventy-five acres of land on section 1, Bradford township. He still makes his home upon this property and has developed and improved it along practical lines. He has valuable farming and stock-raising interests here, and he owns also three hundred and twenty acres of improved land in Cass county, near Fargo, North Dakota.

Mr. Griese married Miss Elizabeth Zimpel, who was born in Germany, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Oesterheld) Zimpel, also natives of the fatherland. The parents came to America in 1882 and located in Lee county, Illinois, where both now reside. They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Griese have two children: Vera B., who was born February 27, 1899, and Robert J. H., born May 22, 1905. The parents are members of the Lutheran church, and Mr. Griese is connected fraternally with the Modern Woodmen of America at Ashton. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party, being now in the fifteenth term of his able service as school director. He has spent his entire life in Bradford township and his industry, enterprise and ability have gained him high standing in the community, where he is acknowledged to be a substantial and representative citizen.

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

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JOHN H. GRIESE

A well improved farm of one hundred acres on section 1, Bradford township, is the property of John H. Griese, Jr., and by industry and enterprise in the management of this property he has surrounded himself with a gratifying degree of prosperity. He was born in Bradford township, January 20, 1877, and is a son of Civiacus and Anna K. (Becker) Griese, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in the early '60s and settled in Lee county, where the father passed away in 1888. His wife survives him and makes her home in Franklin Grove, this county, having reached the age of seventy-three years. Previous to her marriage with the father of the subject of this review she was Mrs. Webber. By her second marriage she had two sons, August and John H., of this review.

John H. Griese was reared at home and remained upon the farm until he was twenty-one years of age. He then married and acquired one hundred acres of land on section 1, Bradford township. Upon this property he has since resided and he has improved it until it is one of the finest farms in the township. It is provided with a comfortable residence, substantial barns and modern machinery and the fields are under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Griese engages in general farming and stock-raising and is accounted one of the most industrious and substantial farmers in the community.

On the 26th of October, 1904, Mr. Griese married Miss Anna Zwack, who was born in Chicago, May 16, 1880, a daughter of Joseph and Anna Zwack, both of whom have passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Griese have become the parents of a daughter, Helen K., who was born April 10, 1908. Mr. Griese gives his political allegiance to the republican party and takes an intelligent interest in community affairs, although he is not active as an office seeker. He is not only industrious and enterprising, but also a man of high moral character and he is esteemed throughout the township as a farmer and as a business man.

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

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