From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 381-382, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Christian Kuhlmann, one of the substantial farmers and highly
respected citizens of Monroe precinct, Cass County, Illinois, was born
in the kingdom of Eilstad, Germany, in April, 1827. His parents were
natives of Hanover, and passed their lives there. When Christian was
three years old his father died, leaving a wife and three children.
Mr. Kuhlmann attended school until he was fourteen, when he
began to earn his own living, working by the year on a farm. The first
year he received only $3 and his board. In 1851 he came to America.
Setting sail from Bremen in April in the sailing vessel Capanica, he
landed at New York after a voyage of forty-two days. He there found
employment in a sugar refinery at $26 per month, and thus earned the
money to pay his way to the West. In 1852 he came to Illinois, coming
via the Hudson river to Albany, Erie canal to Buffalo, the lakes to
Cleveland, canal to Portsmouth, and the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to
St. Louis. He found employment on a farm in St. Louis county, and
remained there till 1854. That year he came to Cass county and was
employed at farm work by the month. He was very industrious, saved his
earnings, and in the course of time rented land and began farming on
his own account. In 1864 he made his first purchase of land, 160 acres,
located on section 26, township 18, range 11. There was a log cabin on
the place, into which the family moved, and he at once began to make
further improvements on the land. Prosperity attended his well-directed
efforts, and as the years rolled by he added to his original purchase
and erected suitable farm buildings. His home farm now contains 375
acres, and he also owns another farm, 437 acres, in the same township.
Besides these Mrs. Kuhlmann has a farm of 120 acres. Mr. Kuhlmann is
indeed a self made man. His life and achievements serve well to
illustrate what a poor young man with ambition, good judgment and
plenty of energy can accomplish in this free land of ours.
In 1855 Mr. Kuhlmann was married in Cass county, to Mary
Middlebusher, also a native of Hanover. She came to America with her
parents. Their union has resulted in the birth of two sons, George H.
and John H. The younger resides with his parents. George H. is engaged
in farming on his own account. He married Miss Kate A. Heminghaus, a
native of Morgan County, Illinois, daughter of German parents. They
have three children: Christian, Adelia and Lydia.
The Kuhlmann family are members of the Lutheran Church at Beardstown.