From: "Biographical Review of Cass,
Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review
Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 395-396, a reprinted by
Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler
County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Lewis E. Krohe, an intelligent and enterprising citizen of
Bainbridge township, Schuyler county, Illinois, was born in Cass county
on May 18, 1837, and removed to Schuyler county March 13, 1859, and has
lived here ever since. His father, August Krohe, was a native of
Saxony, Germany, and was a son of Frederick Christian Krohe, also a
native of Saxony, and a weaver by trade. His father followed the weaver
trade in his native country until 1833, when he emigrated to America,
making the voyage across the ocean in seven weeks, and landing at New
Orleans, Louisiana. From there he came direct to Beardstown, Illinois,
being a week coming from St. Louis to the former place, a distance made
now in two hours. There were at that time but two houses in Beardstown,
and the surrounding country was sparsely settled and deer and wild
turkey, quail, prairie chicken, and other game abounded in profusion.
He bought a tract of land near Virginia, which was mostly covered with
timber, the rest being wild prairie land. There was a log cabin on the
land when he bought it, and in this he took up his abode, beginning the
life of a pioneer. He soon met and married Christiana Jockish, daughter
of Gotlieb Jockish. She was a native of Saxony, where she was born, and
came to America with her father. After his marriage, August Krohe went
to live on his farm, but afterward bought land near Bluff Springs,
where he resided many years, until he finally returned to his old home
on the farm, where he now lives. They had seven children: August,
Lewis, Mena, Louisa, Henry, Julia and Amelia. In April, 1889, the
faithful wife and fond mother died, leaving many friends to mourn her
loss. She was a woman of intelligence and generous impulses, and highly
esteemed by all who knew her.
Our subject was reared and educated in his native county, that
of Cass, and resided with his parents until the time of his marriage,
which occurred on March 13, 1859, to Marie Sophia Korte. She was a
native of Hesse-Cassel, Germany, in which place she was born November
14, 1841, her parents being John Conrad and Christiana (Myer) Korte.
Her father was also born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, where he was reared
and afterward married. He followed the trade of black smithing in his
native land until 1857, when with his wife and three children he sailed
from Bremen, Germany, for America, landing in Baltimore, Maryland, in
August, after a voyage of fifty-eight days. From there he came directly
to Illinois, spending a few months in Cass county, and moving thence to
Schuyler county, where he worked at his trade, in Bainbridge, until his
death, where his wife also died. They reared three children: Henry,
Mrs. Krohe and George.
After his marriage, the subject of our sketch rented some land
in Schuyler county, where he farmed for five years. He then made his
first purchase of land, since when he has from time to time made other
purchases, until he now owns upward of 700 acres. This is under a good
state of cultivation, with a commodious home, besides other modern
conveniences to facilitate agricultural pursuits. His home is situated
on an attractive site on the bluffs, from which he has an uninterrupted
view for miles around, extending across the river to Cass county. He
has a large orchard. He is acknowledged to be one of the most
substantial farmers in this locality. All his property he has
accumulated by industry and economy.
Mr. and Mrs. Krohe have seven children living, viz.: Amelia,
wife of Jacob Logsdon; Frank, Louisa, Julia, Edward, Emma and Minnie;
William died at the age of thirty-one, and Adolph died in infancy.
Mr. Krohe is a Democrat in politics, but takes no active
interest in political matters, other than desiring the advancement and
welfare of his country. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran
Church, and have contributed liberally towards its support.
Intelligent and able, industrious and frugal, enterprising and
progressive, he has bent circumstances to his will, until from nothing
he now stands among the first inhabitants of his community, looked up
to and esteemed by all who know him.