Lee County Biography


George Kessler, who so ably represents the interests of Brooklyn as a member of the County Board of Supervisors, came to this county when a boy,and has risen to an important place in industrial and public life. He is a progressive, wide-awake farmer, and his farm in Brooklyn Township is comparable with the best in its vicinity in regard to its apiiointmcnts, cultivation and productiveness.

Our subject is a native of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar, Germany, and was born June 23, 1838. His parents were Conrad and Margaret (Baumgardner) Kessler, who were also natives of that German dukedom. The mother died in the Fatherland in 1858. The father came to America in 1865 and passed the remainder of his days in Benton County, Iowa. Eight of his children also came to this country, namely: Barbara, Margaret, Hartmnn, George, Henry, Katie, Frank, and Daniel, and all except our subject settled in Iowa.

The subject of this life record had good eductional advantages in his native bind, and made the most of them, attending school steadily until he was fifteen years old. At that age he came to America with His oldest sister, setting sail from Bremen May 27,1853, in the shi|)"Louisiann," and landing at New York August 9. He went to New Jersey after he arrived in this country, and was there employed by the month for nine years. We next hear of him in Chemung County, N. Y., where he was working in a tannery six miles from the city of Elmira one summer. In 1862 he came to Illinois, and in the following spring invested his hard earnings in the land in Brooklyn Township, which he has since made into one of the finest farms in this locality. It has an area of one hundred and forty acres of land that is under a high state of cultivation, and a neat set of frame buildings of a substantial and modern style of architecture adorns the place. The rich pastures support stock of good grades, the harvest fields yield excellent crops, and all go to show that our subject employs a good system of agriculture, and is a sagacious and clear-headed farmer.

The marriage of Mr. Kcssler with Miss Margaret Trubel took place in Chemung County, N. Y., October 12, 1862. She was a native of the same locality in Germany where he was born, and was a daughter of George and Christina Trubel. Mrs. Kessler died m December, 1863, after a wedded life of little more than a year, leaving one child, William H., who now lives in Chicago.

In 1864 our subject was married to bis present estimable wife, formerly Miss Philipena Schwabenland, and a native of Hesse-Darmstadt. She was born August 28, 1841. They have seven children living: Anna, Bertha, Sarah, Maggie, Carrie, George and Lama.

Mr. Kessler is a man of correct habits, possesses a good fund of genuine common sense, and those traits of character that denote solid worth and unquestionable integrity and inspire a feeling of trust in all who have dealings with him. His fellow-citizens have such confidence in him that they have twice called him to the responsible office of Supervisor. He was first elected a member of the County Board of Supervisors in 1887, and again in 1891, and his constituents feel that the interests of Brooklyn Township are safe in his hands. He is a Republican in politics, and in religion is a faithful member of the German Lutheran Protestant Church. Mrs. Kessler's father died In Germany, and tho mother and children came to America in 1856 and settled in Mendota, HI. The mother died in 1864. Her only brother, Frederick, died in the army. The sisters are all married and reside in Illinois.

Portrait and Biographical Roscommon MI 1895


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