From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 503-504, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Christian Brockschmidt, a general farmer and stock raiser in
Beardstown precinct, was born in Washington county, Illinois, January
30, 1852. His father's name was Henry, who was a native of Hanover,
Germany, grew up a blacksmith and came to the United States in 1828. He
settled in St. Louis, Missouri, and later his father and stepmother,
through his help, also came to America. After Henry came to this
country he worked with the Eagle foundry of St. Louis, but losing his
health he settled with his family on a farm in Washington county,
Illinois. His wife died some years later and he afterward went back to
St. Louis and spent his last years there, dying in 1877 at the age of
sixty-three years. He was a skilled mechanic, an active citizen and a
worthy member of the Lutheran Church. He was a Democrat in politics.
His wife was named Katharina Helmick, a native of Prussia, who came to
St. Louis when a young girl. She was a mother of nine children and died
in 1866, at the age of fifty-seven. She was a good, kind woman and a
member of the Lutheran Church.
Christian is the youngest of a family of nine. He came here from
St. Louis, where he had lived since he was fourteen years. He had been
engaged as a teamster for many years. He came to Cass county, February
1880, first rented his land and then purchased his present farm, August
12, 1890. It consists of 244 acres in what is known as bottom lands,
and 120 acres are under the plow. This is considered a fine piece of
farming land and is located in township 19, range 11.
He was married in St. Louis, Missouri, to Louisa Shave, who was
born in Prussia in 1850 and came to the United States when fourteen
years old, located at St. Louis, Missouri, where her father, William
died in 1877. He was thrice married. His first wife, the mother of Mrs.
B., died in Germany when the latter was very young. Mr. and Mrs. B.
have three children: Ida E., Fred W. at home, and Minnie, deceased.
They are members of the Sixth Street Lutheran Church. He is a
Republican. They are excellent people and highly respected.