Lee County Biography

Henry H. Hoover
Dixon Township

Henry H. Hoover, who is engaged in general farming on section 19, Palmyra Township, has made his home on this farm since the spring of 1874. In the autumn of 1872 he had come to the county after having spent six months in Whiteside County, Ill. He had emigrated to this State from Pennsylvania, where, previous to that time, his entire life had been passed. He was born on the 18th of November 1826, in Lancsaater County, and is of German descent, his grandparents having been natives of the Fatherland. Jacob Hoover, a resident farmer and a native of Lancaster County, wedded Miss Mary Herr, who was also born in that county, of German parentage. Upon a farm they began their domestic life, and their home was blessed by the presence of five children who grew to mature years, our subject being among the number. Four of the family are still living. The parents spent their entire lives in the Keystone State, but did not live to advanced ages. Mr. Hoover passed away in his thirty-eighth year and his wife died at the age of forty-seven. She was a member of the New Light Church.

Henry Hoover was the fourth child born unto this worthy couple, and is the only one living in Illinois. His early life passed uneventfully, he working upon his father's farm in the summer months, while in the winter season he attended the public schools. After arriving at the years of maturity, he was married in the township of his birth to Miss Christiana Huber, who was born on the 18th of October, 1828, in Lancaster County where the days of her maidenhood were passed. Her father, Christian Huber, was of German descent and married Anna Shaub. They continued to make their home in Pennsylvania, where the father died at the age of three-score years, and the mother had also passed her sixtieth birthday at the time of her death. Both, were members of the Mennonite Church, and were highly respected people.

Upon a farm in the State of their nativity. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover began their domestic life, and their home was blessed by the presence of two children. The elder, B. Franklin, is a teacher, of recognized ability, and is now engaged in bee keeping, which business he has followed since 1884. He has now an apiary containing about one hundred colonies, and having made a thorough, study of the business he is meeting with, good success in his undertaking. The daughter of the family, Anna M., is now engaged in the millinery business in Sterling, at the corner of Third Street and First Avenue.

During the twenty years that have elapsed since Mr. and Mrs. Hoover came to Lee County, they have formed an extensive acquaintance in this locality, and their many excellencies of character have won them high regard. They are classed among the best citizens of this community, and are well deserving of representation in this volume among the honored pioneers and leading residents of the County. Our subject is a progressive and enterprising farmer, who, by close attention to his business and fair and honest dealing, has won a comfortable competence

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