From: Schuyler County Illinois History, compiled in 1983 by the Schuyler
County Jail Museum, printed by Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas Texas, Genealogy
Section, page 339-40.
Fern Hess Family
Fern Hess was born March 10, 1899 in Woodstock Township, Schuyler
County, one of 12 children born to George and Mary (Hughes) Hess. Fern's
grandfather, August Hess came from Germany along with two brothers.
He married Kathryn Herche.
George Hess married Mary Hughes on August 31, 1892 and the following
children were born to this union: Katie who married Warren Persinger, they
had one son, Warren Henry; Herman married Mary Clements; Verlin married Hildreth
Emerick, they had one son Kenneth Lyle; August married Florence Eckroy, they
had one son, Ralph; Fern married Jennie Park, they had one daughter, Mary
Jane; Olive married Tom Barker, he died and she later married Ed Creal; Gwendolyn
married James Fowler, they had two children, Norma and Grant; Mark married
Edna Reece, they had three children: George, Richard and Marilyn; Rolland
married Della Miller; Cecil married Grace Kerr, they had one son, Ronald;
Norma and Lloyd died in infancy.
Fern's parents died in 1924, his mother July 3 and his father July
24. They are buried in the Herche Cemetery in Woodstock Township.
Fern is a member of the Memorial Chapel Church.
He was always a farmer, purchasing the farm known as the Valentine Farm in 1927.
Fern married Jennie Park September 4, 1937. She was the daughter
of James and Louisa (Robertson) Park. James was the son of David and
Jane (Malcomson) Park. They both came from County Down Ireland in the
1840’s. The reason for coming was the trouble between Catholics and
Protestants. They were married after coming to America. They
settled near Pleasantview.
They are buried in the lot north of their son, James and wife in the Messerer Cemetery in Frederick Township.
Louisa's father was Alex Robertson, the son of William Robertson,
the first settler of Browning Township. Her mother was Sarah (Reno)
James and Louisa had the following children: Paul who married
Florence Croxton. Grace who first married Melvin Smith, they had one daughter,
Maxine. After Melvin’s death, she married Charles Utter and they had
one son, Charles Richard. Ethel who never married and Ralph who died
in infancy. Jennie married Fern Hess.
Jennie received her education at the Rushville High School and graduated
with the class of 1924 and at Western University. She also had several
art courses for the University of Illinois. She taught in the schools
of Schuyler County for 44 years. She is a member of the local, state
and National Retired Teachers Assoc.
She has always been active in both the Pleasantview Methodist Church,
of which is a member, and the Memorial Chapel Church. She is a member
of the Church Women United of Rushville.
She has held several offices in Home Extension. She belongs to Woodstock Sugar Grove unit.
She has exhibited her canning, baking and gardening at the Schuyler County Fair for years.
Fern and Jennie are parents of one daughter, Mary Jane who graduated
from Rushville High in 1956 and from Gem City Business College in Quincy
in 1957. She married David Collins on August 18, 1957 and he died on
June 3, 1962. Later she married Emanuel Voepel on September 14, 1963.
They are the parents of three children. Steven was born in 1967, Lynn
in 1973 and Susan 1977.
Jane has always worked in the office of the State Street Store and
her husband has his own business in Quincy, the V. and E. Building Specialists.
The Voepels are members of the St. James Lutheran Church in Quincy.
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