From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 553-554, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry C. Niestradt, a general farmer living on section 12,
township 17, range 12, is a young, progressive man. He has always lived
in this county where he was born September 29, 1861. He was reared and
educated in the public schools, remaining home with his father until
his majority. He is the third son of Henry B. Niestradt, who was born
in Prussia, Germany, where he grew up and remained until he was
twenty-five years of age. He then came to the United States and settled
where he now lives and now owns a large property. He is the only member
of his father's family that came to the United States. He is very
active for his eighty years, and is proud of his good, healthy German
blood. He was married, in Cass county to Charlotta Miller, who was born
in Prussia, Germany and who came alone, the first of her father's
family who ventured to this country. Her parents have died, but the
most of her brothers and sisters have joined her here. Henry B. and
wife are both active members of the Lutheran Church and he has been an
officer in the same for some years. Henry C. is one of seven children,
two having died in infancy.
Mr. Niestradt has been a farmer for some years, having carried
on farming for three years before he took the present farm. This he
purchased September 30, 1890. He is a very practical man and has so
improved his eighty acres that one would predict great success for him
in the future.
He was married, in this county, to Miss Minnie Lawner, who was
born in this township, August, 1868. Her early life was spent at home
with her parents, Frederick and Carrie (Meyer) Lawner, both natives of
Illinois. They were married in Cass county and began life as farmers in
township 17, range 11, and there Mr. Lawner died, in 1878, being under
forty years of age. He was a good citizen, a fine farmer, a member of
the Lutheran Church and a Republican in politics. His wife was married
for a second time, to John Kern, who lives in Arenzville, Illinois.
Mrs. Niestradt is the only child born to her father. She is an
intelligent woman and makes a good wife and mother. She and her husband
have one child, Anna B. Mr. and Mrs. Niedstradt are Lutherans in
religion and Mr. Niedstradt belongs to a Republican family. They are
highly respected people of their neighborhood.