Conrad Herzberger

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 399-400, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Conrad Herzberger, now deceased having died at his home in township 19, range 11, March 9, 1882, was born near Frankfort, Germany, November 9, 1831. He came of good and respectable German families, his parents having lived and died in Hesse-Darmstadt, and they had been respected members of the Lutheran Church. Conrad was the only member of his family to come to the United States. He came to America when twenty years old, via New York city; from there he went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and worked for nine years in a tannery. He afterward made two trips back to his native country. He came to this county in 1860, began as a renter, afterward purchased his farm in section 32, and this remained his home during the rest of his active life. Before he died he owned 281 acres of well improved land. He was a good, hard-working man, a prominent citizen, a successful and practical farmer and one with a host of friends in the county. He was not a politician, but he was a Republican and a worthy member of the Lutheran Church. He had obtained a good education in Germany as a practical surveyor and bookkeeper.
  He was married in Morgan county, Illinois, to Caroline Dorr. She came to America in 1852, and was the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Retiz) Dorr. These parents settled first at Jacksonville, Illinois, and there the father is still living, being seventy-three years of age. He has been a farmer all his life. His wife died at her home in Morgan county, at the age of fifty-six. They were both highly respected members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Herzberger, widow of our subject, is the eldest of six children. Since the death of her husband she has managed the farm with wonderful success, receiving assistance from her children. She is a smart and accomplished lady, interested in everything of importance in the county. She and her children are all members of the Griggs chapel of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The children are as follows: Amelia, wife of Henry Hoerr, a farmer of this township; Tillie, wife of William Huppe, a farmer of this county; Lewis, conducting his mother's farm, and has successfully managed her affairs although yet a young man; John William assists his brother; Elva L. remains at home; and Clarence. The children all bid fair to continue a comfort to their widowed mother and a credit to the memory of their honest father.

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