Lee County Biography


Among the residents that Germany has furnished to Lee county is William Vogeler, who makes his home on section 21, Reynolds township. He owns valuable property in this township, improved with all the accessories and conveniences of the model farm of the twentieth century. His birth occurred in Germany, May 15, 1857, his parents being Sebastian and Elizabeth Vogeler, both of whom were natives of the fatherland, but in 1868 they came with their family to the new world and settled in Lee county, Illinois, where their remaining days were spent. They became the parents of seven children, of whom four are yet living.

William Vogeler was a little lad of eleven years when he accompanied his parents on the voyage across the Atlantic. He was reared in the usual manner of farm boys and continued to assist his father in the cultivation of the old homestead until twenty-five years of age. He was then married to Miss Anna M. Pippert, who was born in Germany, October 13, 1857, and is a daughter of John and Eva Dorothy Pippert, who were likewise natives of Germany and came to America in 1881. They established their home in Lee county, where they continued to reside until called from this life. Of their family of twelve children five are living.

Following his marriage William Vogeler purchased the farm upon which he now resides, on section 21, Reynolds township; and in addition he also owns one hundred and sixty acres on section 20 and one hundred acres on sections 22 and 27, Reynolds township. He has improved all of his land, and his home place gives evidence of the careful and practical supervision of the owner. There are substantial buildings, well kept fences and the latest improved machinery, and the farm presents a pleasing appearance with its well tilled fields, giving promise of golden harvests. He also owns a home in Ashton.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Vogeler have been born ten children: Charles C., born May 22, 1883; Catherine E., who was born August 2, 1884, and is the wife of Charles Mall, now of Ogle county, Illinois; William, born July 14, 1885; George E., born June 13, 1887; Bert O., born August 23, 1889; Henry W., born May 21, 1891; Emma, who was born March 26, 1893, and is the wife of Boyd T. Butler, of this county; Vera K., who was born January 6, 1895; Malinda A., who was born November 17, 1896, and died on the 13th of June, 1897, and Gertrude M., born March 19, 1899. Mr. Vogeler and his family are members of the Evangelical church, in which he is serving as a trustee. His political support is given to the republican party, and he has acted both as school director and road commissioner. For about forty-six years he has lived in Lee county, witnessing its growth and development, and he can relate many interesting points relative to its history. He has lived to see remarkable changes since he arrived and has ever manifested a helpful attitude toward projects for the public benefit. In his business he has displayed many of the sterling traits of his German ancestry and has become a substantial farmer of the community.

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


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