Lee County Biography


Probably no man is better known throughout northern Illinois as a live-stock breeder and dealer than Peter Streit, who has made a special study of everything relating to this line of work and is now a recognized authority on breeding methods and stock values. He is interested in the scientific aspects of farming and has applied his theories to the utmost advantage in the management of his one hundred and sixty acre farm on section 24, May township. He is a native son of Lee county, born March 31,1872, his parents being Michael and Margaret (Heser) Streit, natives of Germany. The father came from that country to Illinois in 1864 and settled in Chicago, where he worked in the shops until 1866. He then moved to Lee county and settled on a farm in Sublette township, whereon he continued for two years. At the end of that time he bought the property upon which his son is now residing and thereafter carried forward the work of its cultivation until his death. He brought the place to a high state of cultivation, laying many miles of tiling, fencing and cross fencing his fields and remodeling and repairing the buildings. He passed away February 27, 1913, at the age of seventy-two, having survived his wife since 1900. Both are buried in Sublette cemetery. They were the parents of nine children: George and John, who died in infancy and are buried in the Perkins Grove cemetery: Catherine, the wife of Nicholas Jacoby, a farmer in South Dakota ; Mary, who married Peter Koldy, a farmer in Sublette township; Peter, of this review; Mathias, engaged in farming near

New Hampton, Iowa; John, second of the name, a farmer in New Hampton; Nicholas, a resident of the same locality; and Charles, also a farmer in New Hampton.

Peter Streit acquired his education in the old Dolan schoolhouse in May township, attending during the winter months and spending his summers aiding in the operation of his father's farm. He began his independent career in 1899- by renting land and now operates the old homestead. He specializes in raising pure-bred Duroc Jersey hogs and Morgan horses and has an enviable reputation as a breeder and fancier, his opinions being recognized as standard authority. He owns some of the largest and heaviest pure-bred swine in northern Illinois and has bred these animals himself, his success being the result of long experience and continued effort. He occupies an equally enviable place among the breeders of Morgan horses and his animals have been used by the United States government for military purposes.

At St. Mary's church, in May township, July 29, 1903, Mr. Streit was united in marriage to Miss Mary Becker, a daughter of John and Louise Becker, the former one of the oldest settlers in this part of Lee county. Mrs. Becker passed away in 1884 and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery. Her husband survives her and makes his home in May township. Mr. and Mrs. Streit became the parents of three children: Alma, who died in 1909 and is buried in St. Mary's cemetery; Floyd, and Edna.

Mr. Streit is a member of the Roman Catholic church and a democrat in his political views. He is a director of the Lee County Fair Association and active in his support of this and other public enterprises. While promoting his personal interests he has contributed in substantial measure to general progress and development and is numbered today among the most representative and valued citizens of Lee countv

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

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