Lee County Biography


Daniel Reichard has a farm of two hundred acres of land of surpassing fertility on section 13, Palmrya Twonship, which was a tract of wild prairie when it came into his possession nearly forty years ago. He had come to the county in that year, and though he found it not far advanced from a state of nature, his quick eye perceived its immense possibilities, and foreseeing that it would one day be a veritable paradise for farmers, he determined to avail himself of its many advantages, and make a home in this beautiful locality. Accordingly, he selected his land, which he has since turned into a highly productive farm, and being a carpenter of much native skill, he has placed upon it improvements that rank with the best in the township, his farm buildings being of a neat style of architecture, commodious in dimensions, and well built.

Mr. Reichard was born in Upper Mt. Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pa., April 9, 1829. His father, Samuel Reichard, was also a native of the Keystone State, born in Bucks County, as was his father, whose name was Philip Reichard. The latter was probably of German parentage. He was a farmer and a mechanic, and was engaged at both all his life. He died in Northampton County at the age of fifty-two years. His wife, Mary Eichland, was a native of the same county as himself, and came of similar stock. Her death occurred in Northampton County when she was eighty years old. Both she and her husband were stanch Lutherans in religion. Samuel Reichard was but a child when his parents removed from his native county to Northampton County, where he was reared to the life of a farmer, and spent the remainder of his life in the township in which his father had settled when it was new, his death occurring in 1852, at the age of fifty-two years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Catherine Weidman, was born, reared and married in that county, coming of German and French ancestry. She is yet living in her native township, and though she is very old, having been born in the early part of this century, 1801, she is yet active and capable, doing her own work at the age of ninety-one years. She has led a consistent Christian life, and is a member of the German Reformed Church, to which her husband belonged while living.

Our subject is one of eight chldren, five sons and three daughters, all of whom, but one, growing to maturity, and five of them are still living. He is the only one of the family that resides in Illinois. He remained with his parents until he attained his majority, and in the meantime learned the trade of a carpenter, which he found very useful in his pioneer life in this county, although he practically abandoned that calling after he came here, pursuing it chiefly for his own convenience in making his improvements, much of the work on his buildings being done by his own hands. He came here in 1853, and only labored as a carpenter and mechanic until he secured his land and turned his energies to farming. He has made his mark here as a sagacious, wide-awake farmer, and has gained the full esteem of his fellow-townsmen, among whom he has lived in peace and amity for more than three decades. He takes a lively interest in politics, and in him the Democrats have a stanch advocate.

Mr. Reichard was married to Miss Elizabeth Kresler, whom he had known from childhood. Upper Mt. Bethel was also her native place, and there she was born in October, 1831. She grew there to womanhood and lived on the homestead until her marriage. Her mother, Susan (Emery) Kresler, is still living there, and though very aged is still energetic and able to do a great deal. She is a member of the Lutheran Church, as was her husband, Charles Kresler. He was a life-long resident of Northampton County, which is also her native county, and he was past sixty years old when he died.

Mr. and Mrs. Reichard are the parents of nine children, of whom one died in infancy. The others are: Susan F., wife of Albertus Miller, a farmer near Cherokee, Iowa; Job lives at home and assists his father in running the farm; Libby, wife of William Seavey, a farmer in Pine Creek Township, Ogle County; Samuel, at home iwth his parents; Sarah, wife of C. B. Wise, of Woosung; William W., a carpenter; Mary and Edith are at home; and Katie, wife of J. A. Kitz, of Andrew, Iowa."

Source: Dawn Williams "Portrait and Biographical Record of Lee County, Illinois, containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with biographies of all the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States", Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, Pgs 553 and 554 of 850 pgs.

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Daniel Reichart, farmer, Palmyra, was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, on April 9, 1829, and is the son of Samuel and Catharine (Weidman) Reichart. His father died in Pennsylvania in 1852, but his mother is still living in that state. After leaving school Mr. Reichart learned the carpenter's trade, and also farmed considerably, and in 1853 came to the west, but returned home during the following winter. In 1854 he came to Palmyra township and settled permanently, and still owns the original eighty acres of land on which he commenced to farm, but which has since increased to over two hundred acres. He was married January 1, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth J. Kressler, also a native of Northampton county, Pennsylvania, and they have eight children living: Susan F., born May 13, 1854, married to Albertus Miller, and resides in Cherokee, Iowa; Job, born June 21, 1855, also a resident of Cherokee; Elizabeth, born May 28, 1857, and married to William F. Seavey, who resides in Palmyra; Samuel, born January 25, 1859; Sara, born May 8, 1860; Minnie, born October 30, 1865; Edith J., born November 3, 1866, and Carrie C., born September 10, 1868, all reside with their parents. In his political affiliations Mr. Reichart is a member of the democratic party."

Source: "History of Lee County, together with Biographical Matter, Statistics. Etc.", Chicago: H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers. 1881. Additional Matter, page 844.

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