Lee County Biography


William Sandrock is numbered among the citizens of Lee county who owe their success entirely to their perseverance, determination and industry He started out in life empty-handed, but he recognized the fact that success is due to the close application and diligence of the individual and in employing these qualities he has worked his way steadily upward. He now owns a fine farm on section 29, Reynolds township, and it was upon this farm that he was born February 8, 1871. He is a son of George an Martha E. (Thiele) Sandrock, both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to America in 1848 and cast in their lot with the early settlers of Lee county, contributing to the development and progress of their locality as the years passed on. They had a family of five children and with the exception of Charles, all are yet living.

The boyhood of William Sandrock was spent upon the farm which is now his home and which is endeared to him through the associations of youth and of manhood. At the usual age he entered the public schools and mastered the branches of learning tlicrcin taught. He was twenty-two years of age when, in 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna C. Kersten, who was born in Ashton township, Lee county, and is a daughter of Hartman and Anna E. Kersten, both of whom were natives of Germany, when they came to America in early life. They too made Lee county their destination and the father continued his residence here until his demise. He is survived by his wife, who is in Ashton.

Following his marriage William Sandrock rented the old homestead for two years, during which period he carefully saved his earnings and was thus enabled to purchase the old home property comprising two hundred and forty acres of rich and productive land on section 29, Reynolds township. His labors have since wrought many changes in the appearance of the place. He has erected a fine and commodious residence, has built barns and sheds for the shelter of grain and stock and has added all the modern equipments and improved machinery which so greatly facilitate farm work. The actual work of the fields has been given over to a tenant and Mr. Sandrock lives practically retired. He also owns six hundred and forty acres of land in Canada, and the success which has crowned his efforts is the merited reward of his perseverance of purpose and his unfaltering labor.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Sandrock have been born three children: Lydia M., who was born October 6, 1895; Joy William, born January 13, 1906; and Ray William, born August 30, 1908. The parents are members of the Evangelical Association, and Mr. Sandrock is president of the board of trustees and superintendent of the Sunday school. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, but he has never sought nor held political office. He served, however, for four terms as school director, and he believes in giving to children the opportunity for acquiring a good education which will serve as a preparation for life's practical and responsible duties. A lifelong resident of this county, residing always on the farm which is yet his home, he is well known in this section of the state and that his life has been a commendable one is indicated by the warm regard in which he is uniformly held.

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


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