Lee County Biographies

EDWARD M. HERWIG


Edward M. Herwig, a progressive and successful young farmer of Bradford township, manifesting unusual enterprise and ability in the conduct of his agricultural interests, was born in China township, this county, November 21, 1885. He is a son of William and Minnie (Burham) Herwig, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Lee county, Illinois. The father was brought to America when he was four years of age and has resided for many years in China township, where he still makes his home.

Edward M. Herwig was reared at home and remained with his parents until his marriage, which occurred when he was twenty four years of age. For two years thereafter he rented land and at the end of that time he bought one hundred and seven acres on sections 16 and 21, Bradford township. Upon this property he engages in general farming and stock-raising and he has extensive interests along both lines. He owns also a half interest in one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 21, Ashton township, and he is regarded as a progressive, enterprising and representative farmer.

Mr. Herwig married Miss Rosa Kersten, a native of Bradford township and a daughter of H.M. and Mary (Gross) Kersten, also natives of Lee county. They are now residents of Ashton. Mrs. Herwig is a graduate of high school and taught for three years previous to her marriage. She and her husband are members of the United Evangelical church and Mr. Herwig gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is an energetic and progressive business man and a native son of whom Lee county has every reason to be proud.

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

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HERMAN HERWIG

Herman Herwig has engaged in agricultural pursuits in Lee county for a number of years, and he is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres on section 33, Ashton township. He was born in China township, this county, October 12, 1874, and is a son of Mathias and Elizabeth (Sehinzer) Herwig, natives of Germany. The parents came to America in 1864 and located in Lee country, where the father died in 1904 and where the mother still resides. Of the seven children born to their union, six are yet living.

Herman Herwig was reared in China township, dividing his time in his childhood between his school books and work upon his father's farm. When he was twenty-one he bought a farm in the vicinity of the homestead and resided upon this for six years, after which he sold the property and moved to Dixon where he lived nine years. He then moved to Ashton township, where he now resides. He owns one hundred and sixty acres on section 33 and he has made this one of the finest farms in this locality by his intelligent and capable management. He has provided the place with substantial buildings and modern machinery and he neglects no opportunity to make his farm more attractive or valuable.

In 1895 Mr. Herwig was united in marriage to Miss Anna Ventler, who was born in Bradford township, December 27, 1873. She is a daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Gonnermann) Ventler, natives of Germany. In this family were nine children, six of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Herwig have two sons: Roy A., who was born January 10, 1897, and who is now in college at Dixon, Illinois; and Lee C., born August 10, 1898, a student in the Ashton high school. Mr. and Mrs. Herwig are members of the Lutheran church and Mr. Herwig gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. Being a man of sterling character, he has always merited and received the confidence and respect of all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact.

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

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