AHRENS, JOHN B., retired farmer; P. O.
Spring Bay; was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 21,1810 ;. emigrated to
America in 1846, stopping in New Orleans about five years, and in 1852,
came directly to Spring Bay, purchasing two lots and erecting a small
house. For the next ten years was employed most of the time in warehouse;
in 1863, purchased forty acres of land and commenced farming. He was
married in Germany in 1831, to Miss Ka-trina Knoll; she was born in
Germany in 1805 ; have had five children, three living-Wilhelniina (now
Mrs. Peter Peterson, of Marshall County), Margaret (now Mrs. Wm. Fisher,
of Spring Bay), and Henry; lost two- Joseph died in the army in 1864; and
Harmon, died in Spring Bay in 1871. Mr. A. now owns 72 acres of land and
23 town lots.
BARTH, GEORGE, farmer; P. O. Spring
Blanchard, Wm., farmer; P. O. Fond du Lac.
BUOKLER, JOSEPH, far ; Sec. 36; P. O.
Fondulac, Tazewell Co.; owns 80 acres of land in Woodford, and 40 in
Tazewell County, was born in Alsace, France, in June, 1824. Emigrated to
America in 1852; came to Peoria, 111., remaining there about eight years,
working at day labor. In 1861, came to Spring Bay Township, his present
location. Married Miss Ellen Schop at Alsace in 1848 ; she was born in
France in 1824, and died at Spring Bay Feb. 26, 1875. Have had nine
children, sis living-Joseph, Jr., Jacob, William, Mary, Ellen and Charles;
lost three-Joseph, Mary and Charlie. In addition to above mentioned land,
Mr. B. owns 80 acres of fine cultivated land in Metamora
BELSLEY, JOSEPH, retired far. 5 P. O. Spring
Bay: S. 24 ; was born near Alsace, France, May 20, 1S12: emigrated to
America in 1831. coming direct to Tazewell Co., Ill., remaining about five
years, then to (what is now Spring Bay Township) Woodford Co., his father,
Michael Belsley, purchasing 314 acres of land; Mr. Belsley now owns 309
acres in this township. 480 in Roanoke Township, and 160 in Livingston
Co., Ill.; married Miss Barbara Engle, in Tazewell Co.: in 1840; she was
born in France, Feb. 8,
1821 ; have had 12 children, seven living-Peter,
Chris tian, Joseph, Jr., John, David, Solomon, Benjamin ; lost
five-Joseph, Michael, Jacob, Jacob and Catharine; coming at
an early day, Mr. B.
has seen vast changes; by industry and indomitable
energy he has accumulated a nice property ; as a farmer he has ranked
among the most enterprising, and as a citizen he is much
Chickeny, Charles, far.; P. O. Spring
Cook, Micajah, mail messenger; P. O. Spring
CROCKER, OZIAS, farmer; P. O. Fondulac, Tazewell
Co.; Sec. 25 ; born in Spring Bay Township, Oct. 2, 1835 ; married Miss
Ellen Loveless, in Peoria Co., Sept. 7, 1862; she was born in Ohio, June,
1841; two children-John Russell, born July 18, 1863; Hannah, born Dec. 15,
1868; owns 96 acres of land.
CROCKER, ROLAND, farmer
and milling; Sec. 35; P. O. Fondulac, Tazewell Co.: was born in Columbia
Co., N. Y., May 24, 1815. When 13 years of age, came
to Tazewell (now Woodford) Co., and
has resided here ever since. Owns 240 acres of
land and a flouring-mill.
Married Miss Lydia Loveless at Spring
Bay, March 18, 1860. She was born in
Ohio, July 11, 1838; one
child-Austin, born Oct. 30. 1869. Mr. Crocker was one of the
early settlers, and a more extended notice of him appears in the
historical part of the work under head of Spring Bay Tp.
J., farmer; P. 0. Fondulac.
carp; P. O. Spring Bay.
Dubois. F., farmer : P. O.
Dubois, A., farmer; P. O. Spring
DeFord, Isaac, farmer: P. O. Spring
DE FORD, GEO. W., farmer: See. 26: P. 0. Spring
Bay; was born in Polk Co., Iowa, Feb. 12, 1850. Parents came to Woodford
Co. in 1852, locating in Partridge Tp.; resided there about sixteen years,
then to Linn Tp., remaining four years, then back to Partridge Tp. for
four years; finally, in 1876, to Spring Bay Tp., his present home. Married
Miss Elsie Williams at Spring Bay, July 2. 1876. She was born in Woodford
Co., Nov. 14, 1860. One child-Leon Lewis, born Sept. 12, 1877. His father,
Isaac De Ford, resides 1/2 mile south, in Spring Bay Tp. He was born
in Ohio, Aug. 8, 1820.
EGE, JOHN, carpenter and lumber
dealer; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Wurtembnrg. Germany. April 12,1826;
emigrated to America in 1846 ; locating in Philadelphia, remaining there
three years, engaged in furniture trade ; then to Peoria. Ill, in 1849,
and in 1851. to Spring Bay, his present home; owns 134 acres in Spring Bay
Township, about 2S town lots, and other town property ; married Miss
Margaret Stan-ter. at Peoria. in Dec. 1849 ; she was born in Bavaria,
Germany, Sept. 19. 1825; have had seven children, three living-Hannah (now
Mrs. John Belsley, of Roanoke), Carrie, Amelia : lost four-Catherine, died
Jan. I8. 1851: John C. died Sept. 19, 1860; Mary died in Dec, 1872 ;
Louisa, died in Oct., 1873. Mr. Ege now holds offices of Justice of the
Peace. Assessor and School Trustee; is also Notary Public. and has been
Supervisor five years.
EICHHORN, PETER, Sr., brewer:
P. O. Spring Bay; was born at Walldorf, in Baden, Germany, Aug. 30, 1828:
emigrated to America. June 8. 1847: located first at Dresden, Ohio,
remaining there about one year, employed in a cooper shop; from there, to
Cincinnati, working about nine months as a brewer, then about three months
in St. Louis; thence, in 1849, to Peoria. Ill.., working as brewer, and
also keeping a saloon and boarding house; in 1851, came to Spring Bay
Township, building a brewery the same year, which he has continued ever
since.. Married Josephine Schultz. at Peoria, in 1850; she was born at
Weier,in Baden, Germany, March 15. 1832, and died Nov. 10,1869; married
Miss Catharine Winkler, at Peoria. May 12. 1870; she was born (in what is
now Woodford Co.) Aug. 6, 1848; nine children by first marriage- George
C., Louisa (now Mrs. Ehringer, of Washburn), Peter, Jr., Frederick, Mary,
Henry, Anna, Bertha, Bosa; four children by second marriage-Herman,
Julius, William and Edward Anton. Mr. E. owns 80 acres of timber land, 21
miles from Spring Bay, and 640 acres of land in
FAUBER, PERRY, farmer;
P. O. Fondulac. Fischer. Win., wagon maker; P. 0. Spring
Fasott, F. G.,
farmer: P. O. Spring Bay.
Fagot. Jos., farmer: P. O. Spring
FRIEDRICH, ERNST, farming and milling : P.
0. Spring Bay; was born in Saxony. Germany, Sept. 28, 1834; emigrated to
America in 1853, locating first in Shebovson. Wis.: working at carpenter
trade about one year, then to Ontonagon, Lake Superior, remaining about
two years, then back to Wisconsin two years, thence to Peoria. Ill.
in 1858, locating there; finally in 1867, came to Spring Bay, his present
home; purchased a flouring-mill of Alex. Patridge, and has continued it
ever since; in 1876, bought 308 acres of land of A. N. Biard, Sec. 1.
valued at about $12 per acre; married Miss Lousia Lingel. at Sheboygan.
Wis., Nov., 1855; she was born in Saxony, Germany, Dec. 6, 1835 ; have had
six children, four living-Frances (now Mrs. P. Eichorn, Jr.), Wm. F., Emma
and Lousia ; lost two, Emma and baby not named: Mr. Friederieh has been
elected to various town offices at different times; is the present Town
Clerk, and has discharged the duties very acceptably.
C. A., retired far.; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Ohio,
Sept. 22, 1821; resided there until 17 years of age, then came to
Tazewell (now Woodford) Co., purchasing a farm of 40 acres, about one and
a quarter miles southeast of Spring Bay; in Feb., 1874, commenced
mercantile trade in Spring Bay, continuing same until March 4, 1878 ; Mr.
Genoways has held office of Supervisor at different times, and is the
present Supervisor of the town ; was also Constable for 24 years; married
Miss Diama Burt, in Spring Bay Tp., Sept. 18, 1844; she was born in Ohio,
June 6, 1827 ; had ten children, eight living-Hannah L. (now Mrs. Forney,
of Roanoke Township), Julia E. (now Mrs. Rochford, of Spring Bay), Adeline
A. (now Mrs. Marshall), Maria J. (now Mrs. Elsworth of Nebraska), Margaret
E., Fannie L., Lydia J., Douglas A.; Diama, died Feb. 3, 1872; Samuel A.,
died Feb. 12, 1873.
GOEHRING, LOUIS, farmer; Sec. 1;
P. O. Spring Bay; owns 203 acres of land, valued
at $30 per acre ; was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 5,1820; emigrated to
America in March, 1848, locating in Evansville, Ind.; remained only two
months; then to Kentucky for about two months; then for five years
spent the Winter seasons in Mississippi. Finally, in 1853, settled
in Partridge Township, Woodford Co., being there thirteen years
engaged in farming; then came to Spring Bay Township, and has lived here
since. Married Miss Elizabeth Bair, in Partridge
Township, Feb. 24, 1853; she was
born in Alsace, France, in June, 1823: eight children -Daniel,
Catharine (now Mrs. Daniel ; Wagner), Louis, Susan, Lawrence, Elizabeth,
Jacob and Christine.
HULBERT, H., farmer; P. O. Spring
Hawkins, Dempsey, far.; P. O. Spring
Hewitt, J. C, merch.; P. O. Spring
Hewitt, Sarah, P. 0. Spring
Hodge, John, laborer ; P. O. Spring Bay.
Hildemeier, Mich'l, far.; P. O.
Haas, Jacob, farmer; P. O.
HOSHOR, PERRY W., farmer; Sec.
23 ; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Spring Bay Township, Nov. 5,
1841, remaining there about six years; returned to Spring Bay and
has lived here ever since. Married Miss Catharine Dwyer at Spring Bay in
June, 1865; she was born in Ireland; have six children-Mary E., Cordelia.
William, Alfred, Ellen and John. He owns 280 acres of land in Worth
Township, 240 in Metamora Township and about 80 in Tazewell
miller; P. O. Spring Bay.
GOTTFRIED, retired; P. O. Spring Bay; was born at
Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, April 2, 1823 ; emigrated to America in 1844;
after remaining six weeks in New York City, he returned to Germany; came
back in 1845. returned again in 1847, came back in 1848, and in Jan.,
1852, located in Woodford Co., commencing the mercantile trade at Spring
Bay; about 1861, he established a lumber yard, which he continued until
1870; in Aug., 1872, he discontinued the store, selling to Charlie
Koelcher, the present occupant; married Miss Christian Meinnolt, at
Peoria, Ill., Jan. 23, 1851; she was born in Germany, Feb. 21, 1831; no
children. Mr. Jung was very successful in his mercantile pursuits, and has
accumulated a nice property; built himself a handsome residence, and owns
land in different parts of the Co.; for the past fifteen or sixteen years
he has been afflicted with rheumatism, which confined him most of the time
to the house; is very popular and universally
KOELSCHE, CHAS, P. M.; P. O. Spring
KOEMPEL, JACOB, boots and shoes; P. O. Spring
Bay; was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 14, 1831; emigrated to America, in
June, 1852, coming direct to St. Louis, remaining there, working at the
shoemaker's trade about one year; in April, 1853, went to Germantown,
Worth Township., and worked at his trade three years; came to Spring Bay,
in April, 1856, remaining about four years, and then to Partridge Tp. for
four years; finally came back to Spring Bay, and has lived here ever
since: married Miss Eve Volk in Worth Tp., Jan. 1, 1856; she was born in
Bavaria, Germany, March, 12, 1829 ; five children-Elizabeth, Sophia,
Terese, Adam, Frank.
LEINEWEBER, CASPER, carpenter; P.
O. Spring Bay.
Leonard, Wm., farmer; P. O.
Loveless, Abraham, carp: P. O. Spring
Loveless, Thomas, far.; P. O. Spring
Loser, Peter, farmer: P. O. Spring
MEISTER,J. A., far.; P. O. Spring
Matthis, John, farmer; P. O.
Matthis, James, farmer: P. O.
Mader, Gottfried, butcher: P. O. Spring
Merbath, Maria A., merchant; P. O. Spring
Meister, Conrad, blacksmith: P. O. Spring
Mourer, Jos., laborer; P. O. Spring
Meinholt, Geo., tailor; P. O. Spring
P. O. Spring Bay.
Newman F. W., shoemaker;
P. O. Spring Bay.
NICOLAS, FRANK, far.; P.O. Spring
Bay; was born in Lorraine, France, July 15, 1851: his parents emigrating
to America, same year, locating in Spring Bay Township; his father N.
Nicolas, was borne in Lorraine, France, Sept. 17, 1811, and died in April,
1861; his mother, Elizabeth Nicolas, was born in France, March 3, 1821;
they were married in Ashville, France, Sept. 17, 1850 ; two children
living- Frank (the subject of this sketch), and Ellen, born in Spring Bay,
Jan. 24, 1858; lost two-Elizabeth and Prosper. In 1872, Mr. Nicolas went
to Nebraska, remaining about fourteen months, and then returned to Spring
Bay; in March, 1878, he again started for Nebraska, to return during the
Summer; while there, had charge of land belonging to L. Williams; it is
the intention of Mr. N. to locate permanently near Lincoln.
mason; P. 0. Spring Bay.
cooper ; P. O. Spring Bay.
Rohmann, Peter, farmer; P.
O. Soring Bay.
Rohmann, Jno., far. ; P. O.
Ragy, Jos., farmer; P.
0. Spring Bay.
NICHOLAS, farmer; P.O. Spring Bay.
Wm., far.; P. O. Fondulac.
Sigel, Fred, lab.;
P. O. Spring Bay.
Shults, C. S., lab. ; P.
0. Spring Bay.
SPILLMAN, WM. P., farmer; Sec. 36 ; P.
0. Spring Bay ; owns 286 acres of land in Spring Bay and Partridge Tps.;
was born in Zurich, Switzerland, March 14, 1836; emigrated to America in
1851 settling in Peru. Ill, remaining there eight years. In 1859, came to
Spring Bay-his present location; served three years in Company " F," 85th
Ill. Inf., being discharged at Springfield, Ill., June 5, 1865: married
Miss Therese This at Peru, Ill., March 4,1859. She was born in Lorraine,
France, Aug. 28, 1838; have had eight children-MaryB., born Jan. 17. 1860
; Eugene W., born May 16, 1863; William J., born March 23, 1866 ; Anna F.,
born June 21, 1868 ; Henry J.. born Oct. 11, 1870; three deceased-Julia
M., Albert S. and Louisa M.
SHOTTENKZRK, P., farmer;
Secs. 11 and 14; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Johnstown, Montgomery Co.,
N. Y., April 22, 1812. In 1838, removed to what is now Spring Bay Tp., and
has resided here ever since. His brother, John C, had preceded him about
three years. Married Miss Elizabeth Williams April 17,1857. She was born
in Spring Bay Tp. July 16, 1841; seven children-DeEtte H., Dewitt C,
Susan, Jay, Ellen, Phineas, Cora. Owns 627 acres in Spring Bay Tp.; 360 in
Panola Tp. His father lived to be 73 years of age, having served in the
Revolutionary War, and was buried in Montgomery Co., N. Y. His brother,
John C., died here at the advanced age of 80 years. Mr. S. was one of the
first pioneers of the county, settling here at a very early day. Like many
of the enterprising pioneers, he arrived here with scarcely any property,
and in journeying over an almost unbroken wilderness he experienced a good
share of inconveniences and disappointments. Mr. S. is now pecuniarily
well situated, and has been spared to see his children enjoying the fruits
of his own economy and industry.
CASPER, wagon maker; P. O. Spring Bay ; was born in
Wurtemburg, Germany. Dec. 4, 1826. Emigrated to America in 1854, locating
first in Northumberland Co., Pa., then to Springfield, 0., to Peoria,
Ill., to Pekin, Ill., and finally to Spring Bay in 1856, living here ever
since, working at his trade. Married Miss Catherine Moorer at Spring Bay,
June 10, 1861. She was born in France Oct. 15, 1843 ; have had six
children, four living- Catherine, Mary, William, Elizabeth. Lost two-John,
died May 13, 1872; Anna, died Sept. 30, 1873. Owns fifty-six acres marsh
land, besides seven town lots and other town property. Mr. Scheerer has
been engaged in the manufacture of wagons upward of twenty years, turns
out first-class work, uses the best material, and is well and favorably
known as a skilled mechanic.
Williams, B., farmer; P.
O. Spring Bay.
Williams, C, farmer; P. O. Spring
Williams, R., farmer; P. O. Spring
Walker,Wm.,farmer; P. O. Spring
WILLIAMS, LEWIS, grain dealer; P. O. Spring Bay;
is one of the earliest settlers of the county; was born in Cincinnati,
Ohio, May 4, 1825 ; his parents removing to Illinois when he was but four
years of age ; Mr. Williams has resided in what is now Spring Bay Tp.,
Woodford County, since 1829 ; been engaged in farming, buying grain,
lumber, etc., etc. ; established a general country store in 1860, doing a
large and flourishing business; married Mrs. Morty Heufling, at Chicago,
Nov. 29, 1869 ; she was born in Switzerland, Nov. 12, 1841 ; besides 334
acres of land in this township, Mr. Williams owns land in Worth Township,
and a large tract in Nebraska.
ZELLER, JOHN G.,
physician and surgeon; P. O. Spring Bay; was born in Bavaria, Germany,
Dec. 10, 1828 ; emigrated to America in 1847 ; returned to Germany in
1849, and came back in 1853, stopping at St. Louis, Mo.; came to Woodford
County in 1854 ; returning to St. Louis in the Fall of that year, and
graduating there; came to Spring Bay, To eating here in 1855; married
Fred-erika C. Nicholas, at St. Louis, in March, 1855 ; she was born in
Prussia, Germany, in 1826, and died in May, 1865. leaving four children;
in Sept., 1865, married Caroline Winkler; she was born (in what is now
Woodford County), in 1846 ; four children by first marriage- Charles A.,
George A., Josephine M., Frederika C. ; three children by second
marriage-Catherine, Julius and Christine; Dr. Zeller is to-day one of the
most successful and largely patronized physicians of Woodford County; has
a large and lucrative practice, being a gentleman of acknowledged ability
and well educated in the medical