Lee County Biographies



Joseph M. Herrmann is one of the extensive landowners and most prosperous and representative farmers and stock-raisers in Willow Creek township, owning six hundred and six acres of fine land on sections 17, 18, 20 and 21. He has lived upon his property for many years and has been very successful in its cultivation, his prosperity being entirely the result of his unremitting energy and sound judgment. Mr. Herrmann has been a resident of Lee county since 1856 but was born in New Jersey in 1850, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Eck) Herrmann, both of whom have passed away. The former died in 1872 and the latter in 1888, and they are buried in Twin Groves cemetery, Willow Creek township.

Joseph M. Herrmann acquired his education in the public schools of Lee county and after laying aside his books assisted his father with the work of the farm until the latter?s death. He and his brothers then operated the homestead in their mother's interests for a number of years. After her death the property was divided, Mr. Herrmann of this review receiving as his share one hundred and sixty acres, upon which there was a mortgage of four thousand dollars. With characteristic energy he applied himself to the work of developing this property and soon had it entirely free from debt and in excellent condition. At intervals thereafter he added to his holdings until he now owns six hundred and six acres lying on sections 17, 18, 20 and 21. In addition to raising grain he is a stock breeder on an extensive scale and has on an average one hindered head of cattle, forty hogs, twenty sheep and twenty horses. He is one of the successful men of this township and may truly be called a self-made man, for his prosperity has been won entirely through his own well directed efforts.

In Rochelle, Illinois, on the 16th of November, 1881, Mr. Herrmann married Miss Mary E. Riley, a daughter of John and Catherine Riley, residents of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann have six children: Joseph Albert, assistant cashier in the Rochelle National Bank; William H., manager of the Scarboro Elevator Company at Scarboro, Illinois; Robert J., a farmer of Lee county; Louise, at home; and Irvin and Claude, who are assisting their father.

Mr. Herrmann is a member of the Catholic church and is connected fraternally with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a democrat in his political beliefs and has held various public offices, serving as highway commissioner for twenty years, as assessor for fourteen years and as school treasurer for thirteen. He is also president of The Scarboro Elevator Company and a director of The Lee State Bank. A man of enterprise, energy and ambition, he has identified his interests thoroughly with those of the community and for many years his activities have been a force in advancement. His life is exemplary in all respects and he holds the esteem and confidence of all who are associated with him.

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


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