Lee County Biography


Since 1901 Adam Wendel has owned and operated a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Bradford township and he has become known as one of the substantial and progressive farmers of his locality. He was born in Germany, May 11, 1868, and is a son of Ciriacus and Martha Wendel, also natives of that country. The parents came to America in 1869 and located in Lee county, Illinois, where the father engaged in farming, later living retired, his death occurring in 1909. He had survived his wife since 1901, To their union were born seven children, six of whom are still living.

Adam Wendel was one year old when his parents came to Lee county and he was reared upon his father's farm here, acquiring his education in the district schools. When he began his independent career at the age of twenty-one he turned his attention to farming, operating rented land until 1901. He then purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Bradford township and he has since lived upon this property, which reflects everywhere his careful supervision and practical methods in its management. Upon it he has erected substantial buildings and he has installed modern machinery, neglecting nothing which might add to the appearance or value of the property.

On the 11th of February, 1892, Mr. Wendel married Miss Mary Magdalene Bower, and they have become the parents of five children: Hannah E., at home; Henry Ray; one who died in infancy; Robert A., deceased; and Roy W. The parents are members of the German Lutheran church. Mr. Wendel gives his political allegiance to the republican party, has been school director and school trustee and is now serving as road commissioner. He is a public spirited and progressive citizen and as such is interested in the growth and development of the county where he has spent practically his entire life.

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

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