Lee County Biography


Since 1884 Philip Niebergall has lived upon his farm of two hundred and sixty-three acres on sections 22 and 15, Wyoming township, and he has made this one of the finest agricultural properties in this locality. He was born in Linn county, Iowa, June 5, 1855, and is a son of John and Catherine (Trautwein) Niebergall, the former of whom came from Germany about the year 1840 and settled in Wisconsin, where he worked as a monthly laborer. He afterward moved to Iowa and in 1866 went to LaSalle county, Illinois, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 17, 1908. His wife survives him and makes her home in Mendota, Illinois.

Philip Niebergall acquired his education in the public schools of Iowa and LaSalle county, Illinois, attending until he was twenty one years of age. During this time, however, he spent only a short period in each year in school, for during the summer months he assisted his father with the work of the farm, remaining at home until almost thirty years of age. He then married and came to Lee county, where he purchased his present property, whereon he has since carried on the work of improvement and cultivation along progressive and practical lines. He has erected excellent buildings upon the place, including a comfortable residence, barns and sheds, and has neglected nothing which would add to the attractive appearance or the value of the place. In addition to general farming he is also interested in stock-raising, every year shipping stock to the eastern markets.

In Paw Paw, Illinois, on the 15th of April, 1885, Mr. Niebergall was united in marriage to Miss Elva Uleine, a daughter of S. H. and Gertrude (Sharpe) Uleine, the former a pioneer farmer of Lee county. The father passed away in 1910 and is buried in Wyoming cemetery. His wife survives him and makes her home with her children. Mr. and Mrs. Niebergall have three sons: Glenn, a farmer in DeKalb county, this state; and Wayne and Floyd, who are assisting their father. Two are married and the eldest son has one child, Gladys.

Mr. Niebergall is a member and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church and is a progressive republican in his political beliefs. He has served with credit and ability as road commissioner and as a member of the committee of three which investigated the affairs of the Independent Harvester Company. He is a man of broad interests and progressive public spirit, cooperating heartily in all movements for the advancement and betterment of the community. He is highly respected by all who know him as a successful and able business man and a valued citizen who is considerate of the general welfare as well as active in promoting his personal success.

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

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