Since the beginning of his active career Arthur R. Kersten has given his attention to general farming and stock-raising in Lee county and he is now the owner of an excellent property of one hundred and two acres on section 34, Ashton township. He was born in Bradford township, this county, January 23, 1886, and is a son of H.M. and Mary (Gross) Kersten, both natives of Lee county and now residents of Ashton. To their union were born three children: Arthur R., of this review; Rosa C, the wife of Edward M. Herwig, of Bradford township; and Alice E., deceased.

Arthur R. Kersten was reared upon his father's farm in Bradford township and there remained until he was twenty-one years of age. He afterward engaged in farming upon rented land for two years and then bought the farm which he now owns. This comprises one hundred and two acres lying on section 34, Ashton township, and is in excellent condition as a result of the care and labor which the owner has bestowed upon it. Mr. Kersten is a progressive and industrious farmer, and his thorough knowledge of the details of farm operation constitutes an important factor in his growing success.

Mr. Kersten married Miss Minnie D. Henert, who was born in this county December 7, 1885, a daughter of George and Katherine Henert, both of Germany. The father passed away in 1902 and is survived by his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Kersten have become the parents of a son, Clarence H., born November 25, 1907. The parents are members of the Evangelical church, and Mr. Kersten gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He is a member of Ashton Lodge, No. 977, I.O.O.P., of Ashton, and he and his wife belong to the Rebekahs, of which Mrs. Kersten is now matron. His entire life has been spent in Lee county, where he has become widely and favorably known.

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

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