Lee County Biography

George Henert

In George Henert were exhibited the sterling traits of perseverance, adaptability and enterprise which are chacteristic of the German race and after coming to the new world, in which he started out empty-handed, he steadily advanced in a business way until he was the owner of a valuable farm of four hundred acres. His parents were Justus and Anna Henert, also natives of Germany. On coming to the United States they made their way into the interior of the country, settling in Lee county, Illinois, where they lived until called to their final rest. In their family were ten children, five of whom survive.

George Henert spent the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof with the usual experiences of the lad who is reared upon a farm, his education being acquired in the public schools, while under his father's direction he was trained in all the work that is a factor in the development and cultivation of the fields. In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna K. Griese, who was born in Germany, December 17,1858, and is a daughter of John and Dora E. (Kleinschmidt) Griese, who were likewise natives of the fatherland. The year 1862 witnessed their arrival in Lee county, at which time they established their home in Reynolds township, where they resided until called to their final rest. Unto them were born ten children, of whom four are yet living.

Mr. and Mrs. Henert began their domestic life in Reynolds township, establishing their home upon a farm, and as the years passed by our subject proved himself a capable and progressive agriculturist, developing his fields according to modern methods, productive of excellent results. He kept adding to his land from time to time as his financial resources increased until he was the owner of four hundred acres. He improved the place with splendid buildings, barns and sheds, furnishing ample shelter for grain and stock, while the latest improved farm machinery facilitated the work of the fields. When a task was to be accomplished he did not falter. The work nearest his hand was that which was first done and thus he won success.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Henert were born six children. Anna E., who was born August 24, 1880, died on the 7th of March, 1885. Justus H., born July 2, 1883, is a farmer of this county. Minnie D. is the wife of Arthur Kersten. The fourth child died in infancy. Rose E. became the wife of Harvey Heibenthal; and William G., born March 12,1894, completes the family. The husband and father died in 1901 and was laid to rest in Reynolds cemetery, leaving a widow and four children to mourn his loss. Mrs. Henert still owns and manages the farm of four hundred acres, which is situated on sections 21, 22, 15 and 16, Reynolds township. She makes a specialty of raising and feeding hogs and derives a substantial income from the business. She possesses sound judgment as well as energy and determination and her German thrift has enabled her to take up the work laid down by her husband and carry it forward to successful completion. She deserves much credit for what she is accomplishing and she is highly esteemed in Reynolds township and throughout the county wherever she is known

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

Son of George Henert

A farm of two hundred and forty acres situated on section 16, Reynolds township, pays tribute to the care and labor bestowed upon it by Justus H. Henert, who has there lived since his marriage. He has a wide acquaintance in this county, for he is one of its native sons as well as one of its progressive young farmers. His birth occurred July 2, 1883, in the township in which he still makes his home, his father being George Henert, of whom mention is made on another page of this work. His boyhood days were passed in the usual manner of farm lads, his time being divided between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. He continued to assist in the cultivation of the old home place until he reached the age of twenty-three years, when he was married and started out in life on his own account. It was in 1907 that he wedded Miss Emma Kersten, who was born in Ashton township, this county, January 27, 1887, and is a daughter of Hartman R. and Sophia (Newman) Kersten, who were also natives of Lee county and representatives of old pioneer families here. The father is now living in Ashton, but the mother passed away in 1899. They had a family of four children, all of whom survive.

Following his marriage Justus H. Henert began farming on the place where he now lives, having two hundred and forty acres, which is pleasantly and conveniently situated not far from Rochelle and Ashton. The land is arable, and the productiveness of the soil makes good return for the care and labor which he bestows upon it. In connection with the raising of crops he owns and operates a threshing machine, a corn sheller and a wood saw. His farm is splendidly equipped with all modern farm implements and machinery as well as with good buildings. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and his annual sales of cattle and hogs bring him a gratifying return. Today he has one of the best improved farms in his township, lacking in none of the accessories and conveniences of a model property of the twentieth century. It forms one of the attractive features of the landscape, and it indicates in its well kept appearance the care and attention of a progressive owner.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Henert have been born two children: Roland H., born January 30, 1909; and Luella C, born December 5, 1912. The parents are well known and have a large circle of warm friends in Reynolds and adjoining townships. Mr. Henert votes with the republican party, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America at Ashton. All of his other interests, however, are made subservient to those of his home and his farm. He gives close application to his business, and his energy, intelligently directed, has brought to him gratifying success.

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

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