From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 358-359, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Paul P. Philippi, one of the leading and successful young
farmers of Cass county, lives on a farm consisting of 200 acres on
sections 8 and 5, township 17, range 11, where he was born October 16,
1854. He was reared here by good parents and educated in the public
schools and at a German institute in St. Louis. He has always been a
farmer and also very industrious, and as he is yet a young man the
prospect looks very bright for him. He is the youngest of a family of
ten children, five yet living. One, Louisa, wife of John E. Fuhr, a
farmer of Christian county, Missouri. The eldest, Mrs. Annie Bohema, is
now deceased, and one brother, Victor, fought through the Rebellion for
over four years as a private volunteer. He was never wounded or
captured, but had a sunstroke in battle and is now dead, leaving a wife
and eight children. Herman, a farmer in this county, married Mary
Winhold; Bertha is the wife of Ferdinand Winhold, a farmer in this
county; Armeda now lives with Paul. Bertha Amelia died when small, and
Charles died aged 24.
The father, Pompeius Philippi, was a native of Hamburg, being
the eldest of the family of whom the mother and all the children came
to the United States, the father having died in Germany. Pompeius
Philippi was the inventor of several improvements, which were patented.
The last patent issued to him was dated January 24, 1882, for what is
now the leading automatic straw-stacker. The family left April 24,
1834, and after a journey of sixty-two days landed in New York. The
mother had her three sons, Pompeius, Julius and Victor and her one
daughter Louisa. From New York they came to Cincinnati, Ohio, and later
joined the twin brothers, Caesar and Alexander, at Hamilton, where they
had settled when they came over some time before. The family all came
West in 1834. Caesar went to New Orleans, where he was married and
where he has since lived, being a bookkeeper in the Consumers' Ice
company. He is now eighty years old. The other living children are Dr.
Julius, who is a widower with two sons and is eighty-four years old,
and is yet smart and active. Another brother, Alexander, is now eighty
years old, is married and in St. Louis. The family is remarkable for
its health and activity. They all are free thinkers. One brother,
Victor, noted for civil engineering, died in year 1842. The mother died
when an old lady at Arenzville.
The father of our subject was a faithful man. He was married in
Germany to Caroline Richelman of Hamburg, Germany. She was a very
beloved woman in all respects, who came with her husband to the United
States in 1834 and afterward lived in Cass county. Here she and her
husband improved a large farm of 200 acres, now owned by our subject
and named Fair View. Here the father and mother died, the former in
1887 and the latter eleven months later. The father was eighty-one
years old at death. They had been married fifty-four years and the wife
was seventy-seven years old at her death. They were good people and
Freethinkers. Mr. Philippi was a Republican, but not an office seeker.
They were recognized as pioneers who helped build up the county.
Our subject and brothers are all Republicans in politics. He has
never married and is a reliable good farmer of the county.