Lee County Biography


F.L. Kesselring is one of the most extensive landowners in Lee county and is well known in agricultural and stock-raising circles of Bradford township by reason of his success in the conduct of his interests. He was born in Frederick, Maryland, August 23, 1871, and is a son of Daniel and Alice (Hooper) Kesselring, natives of that state. The father died in Maryland and is survived by his wife. To their union were born nine children, of whom six survive.

F. L. Kesselring was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools. At the age of twenty-one he moved to Illinois, settling in Lee county, where he has since been influentially associated with farming interests. He owns four hundred acres in Bradford and Lee Center townships, and he has provided his land with substantial buildings and modern equipment. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding stock and has extensive interests along this line, his animals commanding a ready sale in the market.

In October, 1896, Mr. Kesselring was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte C. Reinhart, a daughter of Andrew and Catherine Reinhart, who came to Illinois in 1836, passing away in this state. Mr. and Mrs. Kesselring have two children: Ethel M. and Catherine C. Mr. Kesselring is connected fraternally with Lee Center Lodge, No. 146, A.F.&A.M.; the chapter at Franklin Grove; and the Order of the Eastern Star. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. He is a man of many sterling traits of character, able in business, progressive in citizenship and at all times trustworthy and reliable.

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


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