From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 246, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Charles Bockemeier, general farmer and stock raiser, was born in
Prussia, not far from the river Rhine, August 16, 1835. His father,
Charles, lived and died in Prussia, a blacksmith by trade. His wife
came to the United States six months after his death, joining her sons
in Cass county, dying at the age of eighty-two. She and her husband
were life long members of the Lutheran Church. Charles was a young
single man when in 1854 he set out for the United States. He took the
usual route via New Orleans, Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois rivers, to
Beardstown, and joined his brother Casper, who had come here two years
before. He has been in the county for more than thirty years, and what
he now owns he has made by his own efforts. He has owned his present
place for fourteen years. It consists of 160 acres, some well improved,
and some very fine pasture land. He is at present Commissioner of road
district No. 3, of Cass county.
He was first married to Miss Barbara Gemming, of Germany, who
came to the United States when a young woman. At her death she left
three children: Mrs. Anna Flamme, of Pekin, Illinois; Mrs. Lena Herety,
wife of a railroad employee, and Mrs. Emma Nortrup, of Scott county,
Illinois. He was married a second time, near Beardstown, to Mrs. Loise
Wubker; her maiden name was Loise Schewe. She was born in Prussia, came
here when a young woman, was first married in Cass county to Henry
Wubker, and by that marriage had seven children. Mr. and Mrs.
Bockemeier have two sons, Charles and William. They attend the Lutheran
Church, and are highly respected members of it. Mr. Bockemeier is a
sound Democrat and an excellent man.