Lee County Biography


This gentleman is numbered among the old locomotive engineers in the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, and is among the pioneers of this State. He was born in Saxony, Germany, November 30, 1835. His parents, Charles and Maria Weise, came to the United States in 1848, and settled on a farm near Aurora, IL, where they both died. The father of our subject was twice married, by his first union becoming the parent of one daughter, Dorothea, who married Henry Figenger, of Aurora.

The parents of our subject had thirteen children, all born in Germany, of whom six grew to maturity, as follows: John, who died in Aurora; Frank; Louis, who resides in Aurora; Mary, wife of Charles Huff, of Chicago; Caroline, the widow of Fred Nichols, of Chicago; Charles, a resident of Denver, Col.; and Clara, who married August Nichols, and died in Chicago. Our subject came to the United States with his i father's family, and was reared on a farm at Aurora, also becoming a musician. He went to Mendota and worked at various employments, but gave most of his time to furnishing music for entertainments. From Mendota he came to Amboy, and after working for a few months in the machine shops of the Illinois Central Railroad, he became fireman on a locomotive, and in less than four years was given an engine, and is now the oldest freight engineer on the Amboy Division of that railroad.

Mr. Weise has been twice married, the first time in Amboy, to Mary Kufelt. She was born in Germany, and died at Amboy in 1878, leaving five children: Frank, Herman, Mena, Theresa and Clara. By a former marriage Mrs. Weise was the mother of one child, Josephine, now Mrs. Nolte. Mr. Weise was a second time married April 2,1879, to Miss Delia Hartha. They have four children: Albert, William, Bertha and Ina. Mr. Weise is a stanch Democrat, and he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church. The present Mrs. Weise is, by a prior marriage to Henry Brady, the mother of five children: May, Charles, Clara, Johnnie, and Louise (deceased).

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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