|Henry F. Witte
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 251-252, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Henry F. Witte, a practical farmer and stock raiser, lives on a
good farm in section 3, township 18, range 11, where he owns 120 acres
of fine prairie land and forty acres of timber. He bought this land in
1862 and has since been successful as a farmer. He was born in Harford,
Menden, Westphalia, Prussia, Germany, on August 9, 1824. He is the son
of Fred and Minnie (Isserman) Witte, natives of Prussia, Germany, where
they married and began life as farmers. There, too, all the family was
born, and in 1855 the parents, with three children, set out for this
country, taking passage on a sailing vessel, the Berker, from Bremen,
leaving September 8,m 1856, and landed in New Orleans after a voyage of
nine weeks and two days. From there they came up to Beardstown on a
steamer, landing her November 24, 1855. Here the parents lived and
died, the father when about seventy years old and the mother when ten
years younger. They were members all their lives of the Lutheran Church.
Henry had two brothers and a sister that finally came to this
country, Henry being the only one now living. He was a single man when
he made the voyage and worked for two years in the Park House and brick
yards in Beardstown.
In 1856 he was married in Beardstown to Minnie Vette, born near
the birthplace of her husband. Her mother had died in Germany, and her
father, Fred Vette, followed his daughter to the United States and
spent his last years, dying in Cass county when nearly eighty years
old. He and his wife were life long members of the Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Witte had come to the United States when a young woman, in 1855,
on the same vessel that brought her future husband. They were married
about eighteen months after landing. They have lived and labored to
build up a good home. They have reared a large and intelligent family
of eight children, two deceased, Carrie and Edward, aged eight years
and one month respectively. Those living are: William H., a farmer in
Arenzville, married Sophia Roegge of this county; Bertha, wife of Ed.
Krohe, in Hickory precinct; Anna, wife of Frank Lebknecher, farmer in
this county; Mariah, wife of Albert Krohe of Hickory precinct; Lizzie,
wife of William Roegge, a farmer near Arenzville; and Minnie, who is
still at home and cares for her parents. She is an intelligent and
accomplished young lady and is greatly beloved by her parents. The
entire family are members of the German Lutheran Church, and Mr. Witte
is a stanch Republican.
When Mr. Witte was a young man he traveled extensively in
Germany, and was in the regular German army from 1845 to 1847, but was
not in the Revolution of 1848. He and his family are highly respected
by all who know them.
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