Lee County Biography

Ashton, Lee County IL


Hartman Kersten, who has for many years been prominent in the agricultural life of Lee County, is a wealthy farmer and stock-raiser of large experience and more than ordinary capability, is sagacious, far-seeing and prudent in the management of his affairs, and has tilled the soil to some purpose, as is shown by the fine appearnace of his extensive and well ordered farm in Ashton Twp.

A native of Germany, Mr. Kersten was born Jan. 2, 1836. He passed the early part of his life up to the age of 19 in the Fatherland and then boldly ventured across the ocean to try his fortunes in this country. He landed in NY in the month of September, 1854 and caem directly to Lee county, and for some time thereafter he lived in Franklin Grove Twp. He worked as a farm laborer for four year and then entered upon his independent career as a farmer on rented land in Bradford Twp. He remained there four years and then invested some of hard earned money in 115 acres of land in Ashton Twp. At that time he settled here on section 36, where he has erected a substantial conveniently arranged residence and a fine set of farm buildings. He has been very fortunate in carrying on his farming and stock interests, and has accumulated a valuable property, including nearly 600 acres of as fertile land as can be found in the county.

Mr. Kersten was married in Dixon to Miss Anna R. Heldebrand, a native of Germany, in whom he has found a devoted wife, who is a true home-maker. Theirs is a true marriae and has been blessed to them by the birth of 9 children - Hartman who married Sophia Neuman; Martha wife of George Schaffer; George who married Anna Wagner; Kate wife of Henry Neuman, Sophia wife of John Bachelor; Anna; Lizzie; Tena and Minnie who died in infancy.

Our subject possess in a full degree those solid qualities by which alone success is attained in any walk in life. He has a firm will, a strong mind, keen powers of discrimination, and his tenacity of purpose enables him to carry out any plan that he may devise to further his interests. He has been School Director and in that capacity worked earnestly to promote the cause of education in his township. In politics he is a Republican and is a straightforward supporter of the principles of his party. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Church and tey stand high in the estimation of all who know them.

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