From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 402-403, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Adolph Kallasch, a prominent farmer of Elkhorn township in Brown
county, is a native of Germany, having been born in that country,
February 16, 1840. He is the son of Frederick and Fredrica (Kuntz)
Kallasch, natives of the same country, who, in 1852 came to America in
a sailing vessel, making the voyage in six weeks and landing in Quebec,
where they remained but a short time, coming from there to Chicago, by
the lakes and railroad. From that great city they came to this county
and settled near where the subject now lives, buying ninety acres of
land, partly improved, on which had been erected a little log cabin.
This cabin they replaced later by a frame house and here died both the
father and the mother, when about seventy-six and fifty-six
respectively. They were the parents of seven children, two yet living.
The father was a carpenter by trade and a stanch Democrat in political
faith. Both he and his good wife were earnest Christians, both in life
Under the guidance of these good parents our subject remained
until 1862, when his country called him from the peaceful occupation of
a farmer and he enlisted in Company B, Ninety-ninth Illinois Infantry,
Captain Fee in command, in which he remained all through the war, being
mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and discharged at Springfield.
From there he returned home.
After his return home he was married, about Christmas, to Miss
Mary Lipkaman, born in Pike county, Illinois, daughter of Frederick and
Barbara Lipkaman, who came to this country from Germany at a very early
day, renting in Pike county, in the ‘30s. The father died when about
seventy-six, but his wife still lives, on the old farm. The family
principally carried on farming, but a few were mechanics. Mr. and Mrs.
Kallasch have had seen children, five yet living, namely; Henry,
married Minnie Wood, has one boy; Louis, at home running the old farm
for his father; Harvey, is also at home; Emma, married Andrew
Kelinlein, and they have one child; and Anna, at home.
After his marriage our subject bought seventy acres just across
from his father's farm, later adding eighty more acres, 108 acres of
which he sold to his son Henry. He first lived in an old log cabin, but
now has as fine a house as there is in the county.
This gentleman is a stanch Republican, casting his first vote
for General Grant. He and his estimable wife are members of the
Lutheran Church, attending at Perry post office, Pike county, where
they are regarded as highly respected members of that body. They have
always been church members since reaching years of maturity and lead
good, earnest lives. Mr. Kallasch has always carried on general
farming, at which he has been very successful and can be said to be one
of the leading influential men of the township.