Lee County Biography


Ernest H. Wiener is engaged in general farming on a tract of land of one hundred and sixty acres on section 29, Reynolds township, and is an industrious, energetic man, whose success in life is attributable entirely to his own labors. He was born October 7, 1866, in the township in which he still makes his home, his parents being E. and Elizabeth (Hunstock) Wiener, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father came to America in 1858, and the mother arrived a year later. They became residents of Lee county, Illinois, where the father still makes his home. He was a painter by trade and followed that occupation about two years after coming to America, but afterward purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land in Reynolds township and began farming. For a considerable period he devoted his energies to general agricultural pursuits but is now living retired in Ashton. His wife passed away in 1899. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom seven are living.

Ernest H. Wiener remained upon the old homestead farm until he attained his majority and during that period was a pupil in the public schools. He was married in 1889 to Miss Catherine Bolei, a daughter of George and Catherine (Bower) Bolei, both of whom were natives of Germany, but in the early '50s came to the United States and were married in Lee county in 1859. Subsequently they removed to Marshall county, Iowa, where both spent their remaining days, passing away in the year 1909. In their family were six children, all of whom survive. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Wiener have been born three children: Oscar William, born December 14, 1889; Mabel M., who was born May 10, 1891, and is the wife of G. W. Henert; and Myrtle Helen, born April 20, 1896.

After his marriage Mr. Wiener rented land of his father, but, carefully saving his earnings, was at length enabled to purchase the farm upon which he now resides, comprising a quarter section of the rich land of Reynolds township. He is persistent and energetic in the cultivation of his place, and good crops annually reward his labors. While an active business man, he is at the same time interested in the welfare and progress of the community and has aided in many movements for the general good. His political allegiance has been given to the republican party, and he is now in sympathy with the progressive element. He has served as constable for ten years and has also filled the office of school director. Fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen Camp, No. 48. He and his wife are much interested in the moral development of the community, holding membership in the Evangelical Association of which he is one of the trustees and also chief of the stewards. He is likewise the teacher of the young men's Bible class and he does all in his power to advance the growth of the church and extend its influence, his efforts constituting a factor in the moral development and progress of the community. Here he is well known, and the high regard in which he is uniformly held indicates that his has been an honorable and upright life.

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


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