Lee County Biography

John Mathias Levan
South Dixon Township


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John Mathias Levan is an intelligent, wide-awake and prosperous young farmer of South Dixon Township, where he has passed the most of his life. He was born in Prussia, Germany, October 15, 1851, and is a son of
Jacob Levan, a well-known farmer of this county. Our subject was very young when his parents brought him to their new home in this township. He obtained a good education in the public schools, was well trained by his father and mother in all that goes to make an honorable man, and he was thoroughly drilled in farm work while yet he was young, so that he came to his vocation well fitted to perform its duties.

Our subject purchased his farm on section 21, South Dixon Township in 1886, and has done much to improve it. Its 80 acres are under fine tillage and as the soil is exceedingly rich, the land yields large harvests, besides supporting a goodly number of cattle, horses and swine. Mr. Levan has thus far shown himself to possess progressive ideas in regard to farming. He keeps himself well informed, has a good understanding of how to feed and care for his stock so as to obtain the best results, and he is not slow in adopting new modes of agriculture when it seems practicable. He is a hard worker, keeps his place in good order, and looks carefully after his interests. He is manly, resolute and straightforward in his bearing, and his reputation is above reproach. His political sympathies are with the Democrats.

Nearly all the good things of life have come to our subject and among them his wife, formerly Miss Isabella Miller. Mrs. Levan is a native of this county, born in Marion Township, August 6, 1863. She was there reared and educated, and remained an inmate of the home of her parents until her marriae. She is a daughter of August and Hannah (Warneck) Miller, who are natives of Saxony, Germany. They are of pure German blood. They were young people when they came to this country and to Illinois, and they were married in this State. They then located in Marion Township, being among its early settlers, and still reside there in one of the most comfortable homes of that precinct. Mr. Miller has been very successful as a farmer, and has a fine farm of 200 acres. He and his wie are well regarded by the entire community where they have lived so many years, and they have many friends. They were brought up in the Lutheran Church, and still faithfully adhere to it. Mr. and Mrs. levan, of this notice, are the parents of two children, Arthur and Robert.

Portraits and Biographical 1892 Pg 465


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