|Christ J. Huss
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 611-612, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Christ J. Huss is a retired farmer, living in Beardstown, and
was born near Westphalia, Prussia, March 11, 1827. He came of
respectable German parents and was the second of the family to come to
the United States, coming from Bremer-Haven on a sailing vessel, which
was forty-two days on the water. He landed in New Orleans and came
thence up the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to Beardstown, making the
trip in nine days. He had a brother, August, now deceased who had come
to Beardstown in 1845, being the first to come to the country. Our
subject was fifteen years old when his father, Henry, a farmer, died,
having been engaged on a farm in Prussia, Germany, for forty-nine
years. He was seventy-two years old when he died, and was a Lutheran in
religion. The maiden name of his wife was Caroline Andres, and she
survived her husband some years, dying in Prussia at the age of
seventy-two. She was a life-long and faithful member of the German
Lutheran Church. Christ is the only member of the family now living in
this county. A sister, Charlotta, wife of Henry Backman, lives on the
old farm in Germany.
Our subject came here in 1849 when a young man twenty-three
years of age. He worked on year on a farm as a laborer. In 1850 he
began teaming in Beardstown and in 1861 he sold out this business and
bought a good farm, where he afterward did a large stock business in
connection with grain farming. In 1890 he retired to the city of
Arenzville, where he lives in comfort, enjoying a well earned fortune,
which he obtained by his own efforts, assisted by his good wife.
He was married in Beardstown to Miss Mary Bronkar, who was born
August 29, 1833, in Hanover, Germany, and came to the United States in
1848 with her parents, who settled in Cass county, where they lived and
died. Her father, Ernest Bronkar, was a successful farmer and lived to
be eighty years of age. His wife lived to be sixty five. Her maiden
name was Mary Kelver. They were members of the Lutheran Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Huss are parents of eleven children, four died
young, an infant, Edward, William Sr., and William Jr. The living are,
August, married Mary Kuhlman and is a farmer in this county; Henry is a
shoemaker and dealer in the firm of Fish & Huss, married to Minnie
Coblones; Christian, dealer in agricultural implements and groceries,
married Mary Hurbert; John operates his father's farm in this county,
and married Amelia Buck; Minnie is the wife of Peter Hems, a farmer in
this county; George is a farmer of this county, and Lizzie is at home.
This is one of the large and most respectable families in the counties.
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