Sublette, Lee Co IL


George Lauer, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Lee County, is profitably engaged in the mercantile business in Sublette. He is a native of this county, and is a son of Andrew and Katie (Strubel) Lauer, natives respectively of Bavaria and of Hesse-Dramstadt, Germany. His father was for many years actively identified with the agricultural interests of this section, but lie is now living in retirement in Sublette, in the enjoyment of a good income.

The paternal grandfather of our subject died in Germany, while his grandmother came to the United States with the family in 1848, and was a resident of this county several years, until her death near Sublette. Andrew Lauer had brothers and one sister who came to the States and one brother, Milthias, who remained in Germany. Those who came to this country are: Adam who now lives in Chicago: Michael also a resident of that city; George, who died at Sublette; Joseph, who was accidentally shot and killed in Sublette Township; and Mary, who married Joseph Bear, of Northwestern Iowa.

The father of our subject was born in July, 1819. He left the Fatherland in 1848, in company with other members of the family, to seek a new home on American soil. He was then in the prime of early manhood, and was admirably adapted to the life of a pioneer amid the wild scenes of Lee County in the early years of its settlement. He applied himself assiduously to agricu1ural pursuits, and in due time became the proprietor or four hundred and forty acres of finely improved Land. Hee resided on his farm until 1885 and since that time has made his home in the village of Sub1ette. He is a faithful member of the Roman Catholic Church, and is universally respected in his community. He was deprived of the companionship of his wife, to whom he was wedded in 1851, by her death in 1875, after they had lived together nearly a quarter of a century. They reared eight children, namely: George; Lillizie wife of William Halbrinier, of West Brooklyn; Andrew J.; Maggie, wife of George Stephnitch; Mary, wife of John Malack; Michael; Kate, wife of John Stepnitch; and Antone.

George Lauer, who forms the subject of this sketch, was reared on his father's farm, and assisted in carrying it on until he attained his majority, gaining his education in the meantime in the local district schools. He pursued farming until 1880, and then adopted his present calling as a merchant, becoming a partner of Joseph Bettendorf , under the firm name of Bettendorf & Lauer. They remained together until the following year, when Mr. Lauer's brother, Andrew, purchased an interest, and the business was thenceforth conducted under the firm name of Lauer Bros. until August 14, 1890, since which time our subject has been sole Proprietor of the store and is managing the business by himself. He has a well-ordered establishment, carries a full line of all such goods as are in demand, and has control of a good trade, both in the village and with the people of the surrounding country.

Mr. Lauer was married at the age of twenty - eight to Miss Mary T., daughter of J. George Malach, (of whom see biography), and is a native of this County. Unto them have been born six children, as follows: George, Mamie, Leo, John, Andrew and Roma.

Mr. Lauer has, besides his business interests and Property in the village, one hundred and fifteen acres of unimproved land. He and his wife and family occupy one of the pleasantest and most comfortable homes of Sublette, and are numbered among the most highly esteemed people of the community Since he became a resident of this village, our subject has taken an earnest interest in all that concerns its welfare, and he has been especially helpful in educational matters as a member of the School Board, which Position he has held for several years, although he does not aspire to Public office. In politics, he has always kept faith with the Democrat party. Religiously, he is a Roman Catholic and a consistent Christian gentleman.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record - Lee County Pg 572-573


Son of George Lauer

A. J. Lauer has for the past two decades been successfully identified with business interests of Sublette as an implement dealer and also as the proprietor of a plumbing establishment. Lee county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Sublette township in 1857. His parents, Andrew and Katherine (Strubel) Lauer, are both deceased and lie buried at Sublette, Illinois. The father passed away in 1898, while the mother died September 15, 1876. In the acquirement of an education A.J. Lauer attended school in Sublette until twelve years of age and subsequently assisted his father in the operation of the home farm for eleven years. On the expiration of that period he purchased a tract of land and devoted his attention to its cultivation until 1893, when he embarked in the plumbing and implement business at Sulbette. He has successfully conducted this establishment throughout the intervening twenty years and is widely recognized as one of the prosperous, enterprising and representative citizens of the community.

On the 30th of October, 1883, in Sublette, Mr. Lauer was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Hildmann, a daughter of Conrad and Anna (Neis) Hildmann, who are deceased and lie buried in Sublette. Mr. and Mrs. Lauer have one child. Amor, who assists his father in the conduct of his business. The family residence was erected by our subject. Mr. Lauer is a democrat in polities and has served in the capacity of county assessor for about fifteen years, making a highly creditable and commendable record in that connection. He is a Catholic in religious faith and a devout communicant of the church. He is a man of exemplary habits, strict integrity and strong personality and is well known in the county where his entire life has been spent, holding the high esteem of all who have business and social relations with him.

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


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