Lee County Biographies

Written & Contributed by Judy Mitchell


On 2 April 1861, Wilhelm Landau (then about 25 years old) and his 21 year old sister, Anna Marie, departed Hamburg on the Robert Peel. Their port of arrival was New York City. According to family tradition, they had relatives in Lee County, IL, and settled there soon after arriving in this country.

After Wilhelm Landau and Martha Moeller (Muller) married, they worked as farm hand and house servant for a Mr. Clapp near Lee Center. When their employer died, the couple was able to purchase the farm from his heirs. Wilhelm (now sometimes referred to as “William”) received his naturalization papers in January 1869, in Lee County.

Wilhelm and Martha Landau had 10 children:

John (m. Margaret______)
Christine (m. John SMITH)
Katherine A. (never married)
Anna (m. William GLEIM)
Henry W. (m. Katie KAHLER/ KOEHLER)
... born 8 March 1870 Lee Co, IL
... died 8 Nov 1946 Black Hawk Co, IA
William (m. Minnie GLEIM)
Elizabeth Martha (m. Adam GLEIM)
Mary (m. Frank S. ANDERSON)
Christian (m. Mary LOHMEYER)
Minnie Henrietta (m. William JOHNSON)

(Judy's Great Grandfather was Henry Landau)


The German-born citizens of our country are always in the front ranks of progress and enterprise. Loyal to their adopted hand and forming an intelligent an industrious class in every community in which, they make their homes. Among this class may be mentioned the subject of this sketch, who is a fanner residing on section 6, Lee Center Township.

Mr. Landau was born in the northern part of Germany January 4, 1836. He was reared to manhood in his native country remaining there until twenty-five years old. He then emigrated to America landing in New York City and at once came to Ilinois, settling in Sterling where he remained six weeks. He then came to Lee County, where he worked out by the month for one year in China Township, then removing to Lee Center township where he worked as a day laborer for some four or five years. Afterward he rented land in Lee Center Township two years and having saved sufficient money, became the owner of a farm where he lived some twenty years. At the expiration of that time, having been prosperous in his worldly affairs, he purchased his present place on, section 6, where he has since resided. That he has been energetic, industrious and perservering, is evinced by the fact that from a very small beginning he has acquired his present large property of seven hundred and sixteen and a half acres, where he is carrying on farming and stockraising to a large extent.

July 16, 1861, Mr. Landau was married in China Township, Lee County, to Martha E. Moller. Mrs. Landau was born in Germany March 30, 1838, and departed this life at her residence in Lee center Township, March 25, 1890. To this couple were born a large family comprising eleven children as follows; Christena, deceased; John; Christena; Katie; Anna; Henry; William; Lizzie; Mary; Christie; Minnie.

In politics, Mr. Landau is a Republician but has been too much occupied in his own affairs to become an office seeker. He is a member of the reformed church to which his wife also belonged. The family are well and favorably known. They occupy a comfortable residence as seen by the view above.

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