Lee County Biography


Lewis Hullinger who came to Lee County in 1855, was among the first settlers of Harmon Township, the first settlement here being made in 1854, the year before he located on his present homestead on section 7, and he has risen to an important place among its leading fanners and stock men, and in the civic life of this section of the State. He is of Pennsylvania birth, born in Somerset County, that State, December 23, 1820, and comes of sturdy German and Revolutionary stock. His parents were Frederick and Catherine (Studer) Hullingcr. His maternal grandfather, Philip Studer, was born in Germany, and emigrated to America when a young man in Colonial times. He proved a patriotic citizen of his adopted country, as, when the Revolution broke out, he volunteered his services, enlisting in the Continental Army for three years, and then fought throughout the entire war. He subsequently became a pensioner of the Government that he helped to establish, and received $140 a year as "long as he lived. He settled in Bedford County,Pa., where he married, and reared a family of four daughters and one son: Polly, Charlotte, Christina, Catherine and John.

The father of our subject was born in Germany, and was one of a large family. He came to the United States alone in early manhood and settled in Bedford County, Pa., where he pursued his trade as a tailor. He married, and for a time resided in Somerset County. He afterward returned to Bedford County, where he died while yet in life's prime, leaving these three children: Mary Ann, who married William Lashley, and resides in Bedford County. Pa.; Simon, who died in infancy, and our subject. The mother of our subject married a second time, becoming the wife of William Sherley, and they had three children, all of whom died young. She died in Bedford County at an advanced age.

Lewis Hullinger passed his early life in Bedford County, and was educated in the district schools. When he was sixteen years old he went to Alleghany County, Md.,where he was employed in driving a cart for some time, at $3.00 a month the first two years, and for $4.00 a month for eighteen months. He then apprenticed himself to a blacksmith, and after he had mastered the trade carried it on in Maryland, the ensuing nine years, with the exception of one year spent in Zanesville, Ohio. He was married while in that State in the year 1847 to Miss Susan Long, a daughter of Jonathan and Sarah (Troutman) Long, and a native of the same Pennisylvanian county in which he was born. Mrs. Troutman was a daughter of William Troutman, of German descent. Six children have been born of their pleasant married life, as follows: Katie, wife of Charles Stirling, of Parker, S. Dak.; Jonathan, a resident of Stewart, Iowa; Lillie Ellie, wife of Lewis Lashley, of Girard, Kan.; Leona M., wife of A. C. McWilllams, of Whiteside, and Ella Virginia, wife of Douglas Murray, of Rock Falls. William Lewis, who married Hattie Heckler, lives in Whiteside County, Ill.

Mrs. Hullinger came to Illinois in 1855, traveling by team and boat to Pittsburg, Pa., and thence by rail to Dixon, whence he made his way to this part of the county where he proposed to locate, and soon proved himself a valuable acquisition to the pioneer force that had preceded him. He purchased one hundred and twenty acres of his present farm on section 7, Harmon Township, which at that time was a tract of raw prairie land, with not a furrow turned. It was a lonely spot, as when our subject first settled upon it there were but very few people within a radius of several miles, and his nearest neighbors were a long distance away. With the exception of his four years' residence at Rock Falls when he rented his farm, he has made it his home for thirty-six years, and in that time fortune has smiled on his efforts and secured to him a handsome competency. He now has three hundred and sixty acres of land valuable for tillage and pasture, has it under high cultivation, has ample and substantial buildings, and has his farm well stocked with cattle, horses and hogs of good standard breeds, He is a typical self-made man, as all that he is and all that he has are the results of his own exertions. He had to learn tho lesson of self-reliance when very young,and when scarcely more than a boy, he not only earned his own living but helped his mother besides. His life record is that of a good son, a true husband, a wise father, a kind neighbor and a loyal citizen. His strong common sense, his keen judgment, and other qualifications, have made him influential in the public life of the county, and his counsel and assistance have often been sought in the administration of the affaire of township and county. He has been Supervisor several times, representing Harmon Township as a member of the County Board of Supervisors ten years, holding the office at one time for eight consecutive years. His politics are of the true Republican order, and in religion he clings to the Lutheran faith in which his forefathers were bred.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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