From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 455-456, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry W. Oetgen, farmer and stock raiser of Frederick, Illinois,
was born near Beardstown, March 10, 1849. His parents, William and
Katherine (Middlebusher) Oetgen, were natives of Hanover, Prussia. The
father was born May 31, 1817, the mother December 23, 1823. They came
to America with their parents when quite young, the paternal
grandparents locating in Pennsylvania, and the maternal grandparents
came straight to Beardstown.
Our subject was the third child of his parents. He received his
education in the public schools of Cass county. He then engaged in
farming, which has been his life work. In the fall of 1882 Mr. Oetgen
purchased the farm on which he now resides and moved there the
following spring. He owns a stock and grain farm of 260 acres, besides
some town property in Frederick, all very valuable. His residence is a
modern cottage, beautifully located and nicely furnished.
He was married in Cass county, March 13, 1879, to Miss Augusta
C. Hansmier, daughter of Henry and Kate (Smidt) Hansmier. Her parents
were natives of Germany and both came to America with their parents
prior to marriage. The paternal grandmother and two daughters died on
the voyage. The grandfather located in Wisconsin, where he remarried,
afterward coming to Beardstown, where the father of Mrs. Oetgen married
and now resides.
Mr. and Mrs. Oetgen are members of the German Lutheran Church.
They have two children: Arthur H. and Inez Hallie. Mr. Oetgen is of
straight Republican faith. He has served one term as Tax Collector of
Frederick township and is a member of the M.W. of A.