Lee County Biography


Marcus Ventler owns and occupies an excellent farm of three hundred and twenty acres on section 17, Reynolds township, and section 8, Bradford township, Lee county. This by no means comprises the extent of his realty holdings, however, for he has other valuable farm land in this state and in South Dakota. Lee county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Bradford township, December I3, 1862, his parents being Andrew and Katherine E. Ventler. both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to America in the early '50s and crossed the continent to Lee county, Illinois, where they established their home upon a farm, the father devoting his remaining days to general agricultural pursuits here. He died in this county, but the mother is still living and makes her home in Ashton. In their family were nine children, six of whom survive.

Marcus Ventler spent his youthful days under the parental roof, his time, being divided between the acquirement of an education and work in the fields. He supplemented his public-school training by study in college, and he is today a well informed man, keeping in touch with the world's progress along many lines. After he had attained his majority he started out in business life on his own account, renting a farm for six years. He next purchased the land upon which he now resides, having three hundred and twenty acres on section 17, Reynolds township, and section 8. Bradford township. He has made excellent improvements upon this property, which is one of the fine farms of the county, equipped with all modern accessories and conveniences. In addition to this Mr. Ventler owns one hundred and eighty acres in Ogle county, Illinois, and a half section of land in South Dakota.

In 1887 Mr. Ventler was united in marriage to Miss Martha Albrecht, a native of Bradford township, this county, and they became the parents of seven children: Clara K., who was born December 16, 1887, and is the wife of Harry Schafer; Edward A., born January 9, 1890; Mollie K., born May 28, 1892; Oliver A., born August 22, 1895; George, who was born November 28, 1897, and who died in December of the same year; Amanda, born July 16, 1901; and Florence K., born June 13, 1906.

Mr. and Mrs. Ventler are members of the Lutheran church. They are well known in the community where they reside and have an extensive circle of warm friends. In his political views Mr. Ventler is a republican and is now serving as township assessor and has been school director. He is interested in everything that pertains to the advancement and improvement of his section of the state and especially in progress along agricultural lines. He is a self-made man, deserving much credit for what he has accomplished, for since attaining his majority he has made substantial progress and is one of the leading farmers of his district.

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


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