Lee County Biography


This gentleman, who operates a well-kept and carefully conducted meat market, located on Galena Avenue at Dixon, also carries on an extensive ice business. He has been engaged in the former occupation since 1866, and during that time was for some years in partnership with his brother Henry.

Mr. Weigle was born in Allentown, Pa., January 3, 1844, where he was reared and educated. His father, David Weigle, was a native of Germany, where he learned the trade of a butcher, and when a young man came to the United States, settling in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he was married. After their marriage this worthy couple spent most of their lives in Allentown Pa., and there died when quite old people. They were both members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Weigle was formerly a Democrat but in his later years became a member of the Republican party.

The subject of this sketch served for three years in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1861 at Philadelphia in the Second Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, it being the one hundred and twelfth regiment organized in the State of Pennsylvania. Col. Gibson of the regular army was in command of his regiment which was attached to the Army of the Potomac and James River. Mr. Weigle took part in the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, City Point and Petersburg and had many narrow escapes from death. At Cold Harbor a musket ball passed through his hat just grazing the top of his head. Pie was captured. at the battle of Petersburg, but in half an hour afterward, he and a comrade by the name of Weaver, planned and succeeded in making good their escape and returned safely to their regiment. This was a close call, as had he not escaped when he did he would have served a term of imprisonment in the terrible prisons of the South.

Mr. Weigle was married in Dixon in February, 1866, to Miss Mary Nelig, who was born in Allen­town, Pa., but grew to womanhood in Illinois, having come to this county with E. B. Stiles when quite young. She is well educated and an intelligent woman. Mr. and Mrs. Weigle have had born to them seven children, of whom one, Charles, died when four years old. Those living are Estella, Sarah, Addie, Florence, Olive, and Ray A., all at home. This worthy couple are among the highly respected citizens of Dixon. Mrs. Weigle is a member of the Methodist Church and active in its good works. In politics Mr. Weigle affiliates with the Republican party.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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