From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 400-401, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Herman H. Korsmeyer, a practical farmer of section 19, township
17, range 12, has been a resident of this farm since 1851, making some
very fine improvements in the buildings and on the land. He first
purchased 120 acres, the same being his homestead, and has since added
to the original farm until he now owns about 600 acres and nearly
one-third of that amount is under the plow. He has also engaged in
raising stock of the best grades. He came to this county in 1848 and
has since made Cass county his home, beginning here as a poor boy
working by the month. He later rented land until he purchased his
Mr. Korsmeyer was born in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany,
September 29, 1831. He is the eldest son and child of the family. His
parents were John H. and Anna M. (Lovecamp) Korsmeyer, who were both
born and reared in Hanover, coming of good German stock. Our subject,
when yet a young man, set out for America alone, taking passage in
August, 1848, on the sailing vessel Agnes, which landed him in New
Orleans after a sixty days' passage. He then came by steamer to St.
Louis, and thence to Beardstown. In 1851 the parents, with their other
two children, Fred and Anna, set sail from Germany also, and reached
Beardstown that same year. They began farming some miles southwest of
Beardstown, the father and his eldest son living together, where the
father died in 1860. Our subject's mother died in the same place in
1870. She was born in the early part of the present century. She and
her husband had always been members of the Lutheran Church.
Mr. Korsmeyer was married in this county, to Miss Anna M. E.
Knipenberg. She was born in Hanover and was the daughter of Frederick
and Maria Knipenberg, who came to the United States as a family in
1848, and settled on a farm in Cass county. Mr. Knipenberg was a
carpenter by trade. He and his wife continued to reside here until
their death, which occurred when they were old people. They were
consistent members of the Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Korsmeyer was young when she came to this country, and she
lived with her parents until her marriage. She is a good, true woman,
and is highly regarded all through her township. She and her husband
are members of the German Lutheran Church, and he is a Republican in
his political faith.
He and his wife are the parents of seven children, all living:
John H., remaining at home, assisting his father, married to Minnie
Boes; Louisa became the wife of Henry Buscher, a farmer in Morgan
county; William, a farmer in the same county, married Mary Rogge; Lena
M., wife of Herman Rogge, a farmer of Cass county; Henry is a mechanic
now at home with his father, but a graduate of Pearson Institute, of
LaPorte, Indiana; Anna W., at present with her sister, Mrs. Buscher, of
Morgan county; and Sophia, at home.
Mr. Korsmeyer and his wife are highly respected citizens of this county.