From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 569-570, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William Schewe, a large farmer and stock raiser living in
section 5, range 18, has a large farm of 160 acres. He owns in other
parts of the county large amounts of land. He has altogether 680 acres,
mostly in the Sangamon bottoms, and is unusually well improved. He has
lived in this county ever since 1866. He has always been a farmer on
his own account since 1869, having spent the first two years in
He was born in Westphalia, Prussia, Germany, in 1839, and was
reared and educated in his native country. When he was of age he set
out for the United States, being the first of the family to come. He
left Bremen in 1859, crossing on a sailing vessel to New Orleans, and
thence up the Mississippi river to St. Louis. After spending some years
in the southern part of Illinois and around St. Louis, he came on to
Beardstown, and has since been a tiller of the soil in Cass County.
He was joined, some years after his coming to this country, by
his father, William Schewe, who died in Cass county when forty-four
years of age. He had lost his wife in Germany, when she was in middle
life. Her maiden name was Lousia Meyer. She and her husband were
members of the Lutheran Church all their lives. Our subject and a
sister, Mrs. Charles Brokemeier, are all that are living of the
children born to their parents.
Our subject was married in St. Louis county, Missouri, to Miss
Ingra Otschwe. She was born and reared in Prussia, Germany, and came to
the United States when twenty years of age, and since her marriage has
been a hard-working woman, and has borne her husband eight children:
Anna, wife of Henry Wette; Louisa, wife of Henry Merz, a farmer in this
county; William, Charles, Herman, Minnie, Henry and Emiel are at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Schewe are members of the German Lutheran Church. Mr. Schewe is a Republican.
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