Lee County Biography


The farm belonging to Herman Missman, which comprises a quarter of section 29, South Dixon Township, is a fine piece of property, all under a high state of cultivation, and a good class of buildings add to the attractiveness of the place, and well-kept, graded stock find sustenance in the fields and pastures. Our subject has lived in this county since he was a boy of six years, coming here in 1856, with his parents, G. II. and Mary (Leydig) Missman, from Pennsylvania, his native State where he was born February 23, 1850, his birthplace being near Berkley's Mill, in Somerset County. His father and mother were natives respectively of Oldenburg, Germany, and Somerset County, Pa., the former born sixty-seven years ago, and the latter sixty-four years, coming of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. The father passed his boyhood in the land of his birth, and as he lost his sire when he was very young, he was early thrown on his own resources. The little lad decided to seek his fortunes in America as soon as he was old enough, and at sixteen he had secured sufficient means to put his resolve of trying his fortunes in the United States into execution. He not only earned money enough to come, himself, but paid for the passage of his mother, brothel's' and sisters. He first met his wife in Pennsylvania, and there married, and spent the early part of his wedded life in that State. Coming to this county, he located on a farm in Nelson Township, where he lived and prospered until his retirement from active business. He has accumulated a handsome fortune, and he and his beloved companion are enjoying it at their leisure, in one of the. most comfortable of the attractive homes in Dixon, pleasantly located on Third Street, west. His honorable career is a fine illustration of what a man may accomplish, who has his own way to make in the world, by the exercise of pluck, perseverance and prudence, together with downright hard labor. He and his wife are simple and unostentatious in their manners, unselfish in the use of their money, and both are valued members of the Lutheran Church.

Our subject is one of a family of three sons and three daughters, one of the latter now dead, and of the others all are married but one., lie attended the local schools in his boyhood, and on his father's farm gained that insight into agriculture that has made him successful from the start. He first owned and occupied a farm on section 24, Nelson Township, living upon it and attending to its improvement for a period of fifteen years. In 1890, he purchased his present farm in South Dixon Township. Everything about the place is neat and orderly, a good system of tillage is employed in keeping up the natural productiveness of the soil, and in the management of his farming interests our subject displays a natural aptitude for his calling.

The farm which he now owns was the scene of Mr. Missman's marriage with Miss Alice Brierton, it being at that time the home of the bride's parents, Sylvester and Elizabeth (Keller) Brierton. They are natives respectively of Luzerne County, Pa., and the State of New York. They had come Westward when young, and had married in Dixon. They subsequently located on and improved a farm in Minnesota. Returning to this State, they settled in South Dixon Township, and from here removed to a farm in Nachusa Township, where they are comfortably passing their declining years, both having attained the age of sixty-seven. They are members of the Evangelical Association, and are highly esteemed by all who know their worth. Our subject and his wife have established a home that is known for its coziness and pleasant hospitality, and their two sons complete the family circle—Arthur E. and Oscar E. Mr. Missman possesses those elements of character that command respect and confidence; is of an honest, fearless nature, keeping his credit sound in all things; and he always maintains pleasant social and business relations with his neighbors and other associates. His political sympathies are with the Republican party. lie has concerned himself in the public life of his township, and has held the office of Collector for some years. Religiously, both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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