Lee County Biography

Nachusa Township

Edward E. Wingert, an active practitioner at the bar of Lee county, his ability finding ready recognition in a large and distinctively representative clientage, was born in Lee county November 13, 1866, his parents being Walter J. and Mary C. (Emmert) Wingert, natives of Ohio and of Maryland respectively. It was in the year 1852 that the father came to Illinois, settling in Lee county, where he reared his family. Edward E. Wingert obtained a public school education in Dixon, while his professional training was received in the University of Michigan, being graduated from the law department with the class of 1889. He taught language in the Northern Illinois Normal school for two years and was also a teacher in a law school for three years. He has since practiced in Dixon and has gained a creditable place among the representative members of the bar. His ability is pronounced and comes from his careful preparation of cases, his thorough analysis, his close reasoning and his logical deductions. He has been connected with many important suits that have been heard in the courts and has won many verdicts favorable to his clients. In 1892 Mr. Wingert was married to Miss Bessie Boardman, and they have become the parents of four children: Marjorie. Bessie, Edward B. and Mary Constance. The family attend the Methodist Episcopal church of which Mr. and Mrs. Wingert are members. In politics he is republican, well informed concerning the questions and issues of the day. He has never sought nor held office, however, outside of the strict path of his profession. In 1890 he was elected city attorney and served for three years, when in 1902 he was again chosen for that position, which he filled for two years. He regards the pursuits of private life as abundantly worthy of his best efforts and his close conformity to the highest professional standards have brought him the warm regard of his fellow members of the bar and of the general public.



John W. Wingert is one of the enterprising and well-known farmers of the county. His home is on section 29, Nachusa Township, where he owns a valuable farm of two hundred acres under a high state of cultivation, well-watered by Franklin Creek and complete in all appointments. There is a good residence as well as the necessary outbuildings, and the farm is well stocked with horses, cattle and hogs. It has been the property of our subject since 1877, but his residence in the county covers a much longer period, the date of his arrival being October 1, 1852.

Mr, Wingert was born in Greencastle, Pa. July 19,1831. Record says that the family was of German origin and its members were early settlers of Franklin County, Pa. Jacob Wingert, the grandfather of our subject was there reared to manhood upon a farm and spent his entire life near Greencastle, dying at the ripe old age of eighty seven years. He is one of nature's noblemen and the upright life which he lived won him the esteem of all. He was long a minister of the United Brethren Church, with which his wife was well connected as a faithful member. They had a family of eleven children, nearly all of whom reached mature years, were married and left families. Only one yet survives. Daniel, who is now living in Iowa at the age of seventy-five years.

The father of our subject, Henry Wingert, a native .of Franklin County, Pa., learned the tanner's trade in his youth. In the Keystone State he married Anna Bentz, who was also born in that locality, her parents being natives of Pennsylvania, of German lineage. After the birth of three children, Henry Wingert emigraterl with his family to Preble County, Ohio, where for five years he carried on a tannery. He then purchased eighty acres of land, upon which he made his home until 1852, when selling out he emigrated to Illinois and cast his lot with the early settlers of Lee county, when he arrived on the 1st of October. Upon a farm of one hundred and sixty acres which he soon afterward purchased they began life in the west and continued to reside there until called to their final home. Mr, Wingert, who was born February 23, 1804, died an the 24th of August, 1891, his wife had previously been called home, dying suddenly December 24, 1877. Her birth occurred May 4, 1805. For years they have been members of the Methodist Church and in politics, Mr. Wingert was a stalwart Republican. In their family were fifteen children, nine of whom are yet living and all are married with the exception of one daughter. Success has attended them in life and they are now well-to-do people.

.John Wingert was the third of the family. In his youth he was inured to hard labor and his educational advantages were those of the common school. After coming to Illinois he became acquainted with Miss Hannah M. Hittle and they were married in Nachusa Township, January 28, 1869. The lady is a native of Columbia County, Pa and in 1842, when a young maiden, accompanied her parents to Illinois, the family settling in Nachusa Town­ship upon new farm. Her father Jacob Hittle, died at the age of sixty-nine years, and his wife, whose maiden name was Nancy Culp departed this life when Seventy years of age. He was a member of the Christian Church and his wife held the religious views of the Dunkard.

After the breaking out of the late war, Mr. Wingert responded to the country's call for troops, enlist mg on the 13th of August, 1862 as a member of Company H, Seventy-fifth Illinois Infantry, under Capt. Williams. Co1. Ryan commanded the regiment, which was assigned to the Army of the Tennessee and was first under fire at the battle of Prairieville, October 8, 1862. In January 1863, the troops participated in the battle of Stone River , where the Seventy-fifth sustained heavy Iosses; later were in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Iuka and in many other engagements followed the stars and stripes. Mr. Wingert was honorably discharged at the close of the War June 28, 1865. He went to Washington and attended the theatre on the night President Lincoln was assassinated and saw the shot fired. His health was seriously impaired from exposure during the service and the hardships of army life.

Returning to the north, Mr. Wingert resumed farming to which he has since devoted his energies. Six children have been born to him and his estimable wife, five yet living - William B, Fred A, Adelbert G and Burton B and Bertha B, twins. They lost one son Charles H. Mr. and Mrs Wingert are members of the Methodist Church, contribute liberally to its support and in its work take an active interest. In politics, he is a Republican, but has never sought public office. He is a member of George W. Hewitt Post No 398, G A R of Franklin Grove. Throughout the community he is recognized as a successful farmer and an influential citizen who is true to every duty as he was to the country in her hour of peril.

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