|Henry C. Funk
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 612, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry C. Funk, a well-to-do farmer and stock-raiser of township
17 north, range 11 west, section 14, near Virginia, Illinois, was born
in this precinct February 13, 1860. His parents were Conrad and
Frederica (Steiner) Funk. The father was born in Hesse-Darmstadt,
Germany, December 26, 1832, and his mother in Texas, December 5, 1839.
They were married in Beardstown, Illinois, July 28, 1857. Conrad came
to Cass county in 1842 with his mother, his father having died on the
ocean. They came directly from Europe to Arenzville, where they rented
for a short time, afterward removing to this precinct, where Conrad
purchased a farm, having at the time of his death 1,150 acres of land,
all except 304 acres being in Monroe precinct. He died upon the farm
where our subject now resides, March 8, 1888. His wife still resides at
the old homestead where her unmarried children live.
They had eight children, who are as follows: Willis Conrad died
in childhood; Henry C., our subject; Louis A. resides upon a farm near;
Rosa, Mary, George, Emma, and Frank, living at home. This whole family
has enjoyed good educational advantages and have an excellent home.
Henry grew to manhood upon the farm and received his education
in the common schools. He now owns 360 acres of good land, which he
rents. He furnishes all the seed and gets one half of the grain. The
girls have good farms and the brothers are equally well off. The voters
of the family are Democrats. The parents were members of the Lutheran
Church and the whole family is prominent, and possesses the confidence
and esteem of all who are fortunate enough to know them. George Edward
is not married, and is of a roving spirit, having visited many of the
cities of the West. Early in life he developed a fondne4ss for
fire-arms, and is now one of the best rifle shots in the country. He
has given numerous exhibitions of his skill at target practice,
shooting glass balls, etc., and has always come out best in competition
with local authorities. He was born November 13, 1868, on the farm
where his mother and family live and which is his home.
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