Lee County Biography


Since 1893 Gust Kries has owned and operated a farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 23, Ashton township, and through his enterprise and ability in the management of this property has gained a place among the substantial and prosperous agriculturists of the community. He was born in Germany, January 27, 1865, and is a son of Adam and Elizabeth Kries, also natives of that country. The family came to America in 1873, locating in Lee county, Illinois. The parents now make their home upon a farm in Reynolds township. To their union were born three children, all of whom are yet living.

Gust Kries was reared upon his father's farm and acquired his education in the district schools. He remained at home until he was twenty-three years of age and then rented a farm, upon which he remained for five years, after which he purchased the property which he now owns. He has two hundred and forty acres on section 23, Ashton township, and he gives his attention to general farming, meeting with that success which always follows earnest and persistent labor.

On the 20th of March, 1887, Mr. Kries was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Bowers, a native of Lee county, Illinois, and a daughter of Wolf and Christina Bowers, both of whom were born in Germany. They came to America at an early date and both died in this country. To their union were born nine children, of whom seven survive, Mr. and Mrs. Kries have five children: Martha E.M., the wife of Fred Reinhart, of South Dakota; Lena E., at home; William F.; Ella C.; and George W. Mr. Kries is a regular attendant at the Evangelical church and he gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He is a member of the board of school directors and has held this position for fifteen years, the cause of education finding in him an able and earnest supporter. He is one of Lee county's progressive and successful native sons and is held in high regard and esteem wherever he is known.

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


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