Lee County Biography


Harry J. Nass is the owner of a well improved farm in Bradford township, situated on sections 11 and 12. It comprises two hundred and forty acres and the greater part of the land is now in a high state of cultivation, its neat and attractive appearance indicating the careful supervision of the owner. Harry J. Nass was born in the township in which he still makes his home on the 11th of February, 1871, and is a son of John and Augusta Nass, both of whom were natives of Germany, but came to America in early life. They located upon a farm in Bradford township, and the father has since been a resident of Illinois, now living retired in Ashton, where the mother passed away.

Upon the old homestead farm in Bradford township Harry J. Nass was reared and was early trained to the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He pursued his education in the district schools near his father's home and remained with his parents until twenty-five years of age, when, ambitious to start out in life on his own account, he rented a farm for three years. During that period he carefully saved his earnings and his industry and close economy at length enabled him to purchase a farm. He invested in two hundred and forty acres on sections 11 and 12, Bradford township, where he now resides, and he has since given his time and attention to the further improvement of the place. He rebuilt and remodeled the buildings and also erected some new ones, and the farm today is a splendidly improved property, everything about the place indicating his careful supervision and progressive methods.

Mr. Nass was united in marriage to Miss Anna Krug, a member of a family mentioned elsewhere in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs. Nass have been born three children: Floyd, Arl and Clarence. The parents are members of the Evangelical church, and Mr. Nass gives his political allegiance to the republican party, believing firmly in its principles as factors in good government. Having been a lifelong resident of this county, he has witnessed much of its growth and development and has seen the changes wrought by time and man, whereby Lee county has been brought to a prominent position among the prosperous and progressive counties of the state. He has led a busy life, and his industry and energy have brought him substantial return.

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


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