Lee County Biography


Edgar F. Herbst who is engaged in agricultural pursuits on the farm of William Uhl, on section 14, South Dixon Township, is a young man of good parts and industrious habits, who has already won an excellent reputation for practical skill as a farmer and for real ability to handle his affairs so as to produce the best results. He has been operating the said farm for three years very successfully, renting it of Mr. Uhl, who is now in California. It contains one hundred and sixty acres of good farming land, and is well supplied with buildings for all purposes.

Mr. Herbst is a native of Adams County, Pa., born near Gettysburg, April 14, 1859. His father, Henry Herbst, was also a native of Adams County, and was a son of a German, who had come to the United States after his marriage in the Fatherland, and had settled on a farm in the county mentioned. He was there industriously engaged at his occupation until his death, both he and his wife living to be old people. They were simple-hearted and true minded, and were faithful members of the Lutheran Church.

Henry Herbst was reared to the life of a farmer on the old Pennsylvauian homestead where he first opened his eyes to the light of day, and in due time he was married to Miss Elizabeth Wible, a native of the same county as himself, and a daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Wiblc. Her parents were descended from sonic of tho early Pcnnsylvanian families, and died in their native county when well along in years. They were Lutherans in religion. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Herbst lived on a farm in Pennsylvania until after all their children had been born and had grown to maturity, and in 1884 they came to Illinois, and have founded a new home in Nachusa Township, where they are passing their declining years serenely, and in the enjoyment of the respect and esteem of all about them. From childhood they have been members of the Lutheran Church, and their lives have been guided by Christian principles

Our subject is the eldest of the nine children born to his parents, of whom eight are living. He received a good home training, and early acquired a good knowledge of general farming. In 1881 he came to Illinois, and for some years prior to coming to South Dixon Township he was engaged in farming in Nelson Township. To help him in the upbuilding of a home towards which his ambitions bend, and to which he is devoting his energies, he has been so fortunate as to secure one of the choicest of earth's blessings, a good wife, who is devoted to him and their children, of whom they have two, Harry E. and Myrtle M. Their marriage was solemnized in Nachusa Township. Mrs. Herbst, who bore the maiden name of Cora V. Kime, was born in the same Pcnnsylvanian County as her husband, August 29, 1864, being the date of her birth. She came to Illinois in her girlhood with her parents, George and Nancy (Mines) Kime, who are now living on a farm in Nachusa Township. They were born, reared and married in Adams County, Pa. They are greatly esteemed by the people in their community for their genuine worth. They are Lutherans in their religious faith. Mrs. Herbst is oue of a family of four children, all of whom are living. She is very capable, isan excellent house wife, and understands well how to manage her household affairs. Both she and her husband are Lutherans, and useful members of their church. He is a Democrat sound and true, as was his father before him.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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