Lee County Biography


Adam Koehler is a prominent representative of the foreign-born population of Lee County, which has been his home since his early childhood when his father located here in pioneer times, and he has risen to be one of the most prosperous farmers and stock raiser of Sublette Township, where he has two good sized, substantially improved farms.

Our subject was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, November 7, 1847, being a son of Franz Adam and Sophia Koehler. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1851, and at once came to Illinois, and took up their residence in Lee County, although the father began his farming operations after his arrival in this State in the adjoining county of La Salle, renting land there the ensuing two years. After some eight or nine years he purchased eighty acres of land in this county, which was but little improved, and industriously devoted himself to its development, making it his home until his death in 1890, at the venerable age of eighty-one years. His township was thus deprived of a good citizen, who had contributed to the advancement of its agricultural interests. His wife had preceded him in death, dying in 1882, at the age of sixty-six years. They were the parents of four children, one of whom died in Germany, and the others came with them to the United States. Their son Jacob is a resident of Odebolt, Sac County, Iowa. Their son Adam is our subject; and their daughter Kate is the wife of Fred Conrad, of Ohio Station, Illinois.

Adam Koehler passed his boyhood on a farm, and was early inured to agricultural labors. After he attained manhood and became an independent farmer, he carried on his work with untiring perseverance, with accurate judgment, was economical where economy was wise, spent money when needful in carrying out his plans, and made his improvements on a solid basis, so that today his farms are among the best in this part of the county both being supplied with a good class of buildings and prime farming machinery, including a steam threshing machine and corn sheller. His homestead is on section 23, Sublette Township, and his two farms comprise four hundred and seventy-five acres of land.

Mr. Koehler has by no means become so prosperous without the help afforded by a good wife, as he was married in 1871 to Miss Josephine, daughter of Jacob Baker, of May Township, who is, like himself, a native of Germany. Nine children have blessed their marriage to them, whom they have named Jacob, John, Fred, William, Kate, Peter, Adam, George and Tena.

This brief life-record of our subject is sufficient testimony to his ability as a farmer, to his value as a citizen, and to his worth as a man, without further comment on the part of the biographer. We will simply add that he has served his township well in the diverse capacities of Highway Commissioner and School Director; that in his politics, he is a Democrat sound and true; and religiously, adheres to the faith of his fathers, who were stanch supporters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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