William Schewe
Biography

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 Beardstown.
  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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