From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 537-538, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry A. Hierman, a young and energetic farmer, living on
section 12, township 17, range 12, was born on this farm on June 6,
1865. He was educated in the public schools, and lived at home until
the death of his father, since which time he has farmed on his own
account. He is the fourth son of nine children born to his parents,
Bernhardt and Mary (Legermeier) Hierman, natives of Germany whose
parents both lived and died in the fatherland. The father was yet a
young man, about twenty years of age, when he came to the United States
in the ‘50s and made a settlement at Beardstown. He there followed his
trade of painter, which he had learned in Germany. He afterward decided
to go to farming, and purchased land six miles from Beardstown, in
township 17, range 11. He here improved a large and beautiful tract of
land embracing more than 300 acres. There are eighty acres of timber.
He put up good farm buildings and made everything pleasant around him.
Here he died, November 16, 1887, in the fifty-sixth year of his life.
He was a good man, well known throughout the community. He was a
Republican, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife,
who survives him, had come to the United States when a young woman. She
married Mr. Hierman in Beardstown, and after his death married a second
time, Fred Housmier, a retired farmer. His first wife had died here. Mr
and Mrs. Housmier are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
Mr. Housmier is a Republican in politics.
Mr. Hierman now conducts a large farm of 310 acres, belonging to
his mother. He has been operating it for the past three years very
successfully. It is in a high state of cultivation and is one of the
substantial farms of the township. The brothers of our subject are:
William A., a farmer of Schuyler county, married to Mary Winklehack;
Edward, a dealer in agricultural implements in Arenzville, married
Josie Beard; Theodora married Cinda Hackman, and they are farmers in
Morgan County; our subject married Lizzie Nordsick, who was born and
reared in Cass county, and is the mother of one child, Inas; Frank
lives with his brother Edward in Arenzville; George lives with his
brother Theo, in Morgan county; Louis and Albert, twins; and Charles is
with his brother Henry.
Mr. Hierman is a Lutheran, but his wife is a Methodist. Mr.
Hierman is a Republican, and both he and his wife are highly respected
throughout the community where they live.