Lee County Biography


Henry Vaupel Family

Among those who contributed in substantial measures to the agricultural development of Lee county Henry Vaupel was numbered. He settled in this part of Illinois in 1863 and from that time until his death, in 1909, remained an honored and respected resident, his interests extending to many fields and touching closely the business, political and social growth of the community. He was born in Germany, August 23, 1844, and came to America when he was nineteen years of age, settling immediately in Lee county, Illinois, where for six years he worked as a farm laborer. At the end of that time he rented a farm of eighty acres and after two years purchased two hundred and forty acres, upon which he carried on general farming and stock-raising successfully until he retired from active life and moved to Ashton. Later he bought an additional three hundred and fifty-five acres and at the time of his death was an extensive landholder, owning five hundred and ninety-five acres well improved and cultivated. His widow still owns two hundred and forty acres of the homestead and the house in Ashton where she makes her home.

Mr. Vaupel married Miss Mary Heibenthal, a native of Bradford, Lee county, and a daughter of Charles and Martha Heibenthal. Mr. and Mrs. Vaupel became the parents of nine children: John, a resident of Lee county; Anna, deceased; William, of North Dakota; Christina, the wife of Samuel Moll of Dixon, Illinois; Sarah, deceased; Charles, of Melvin, Iowa; May, the wife of Will Burhenn; Henry, of Lee county; and Harry, at home.

Mr. Vaupel was a member of the Evangelical church and gave his political allegiance to the republican party. For several years he rendered the county efficient service as a member of the board of commissioners and he was for six years tax collector. His success came to him as the legitimate and logical reward of his perseverance and labor. Although he did not seek to figure prominently before the public, he came to be known throughout the community as an exemplary citizen, a faithful husband and father and a reliable and trustworthy business man.
Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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