HENRYC. KORTE, general farmer of section 4, township 17, range 11, was bornin Kurhessen, Germany, January 2, 1840. He grew up at home, and in 1855came to this country with his parents and three children. They set sailfrom Bremen, Hanover, on a sailing vessel, landing after an eight weeks’voyage on the vessel Oldenburg in Baltimore, and from there by railroadto Springfield, Illinois, and from there by wagon to Beardstown, Cass county.The father, Conrad, started a blacksmith shop, that being the trade helearned in Germany and carried it on for twenty years, dying at the ageof seventy-six. He was a good worthy citizen and a member of the LutheranChurch. He was a Democrat in politics. His wife survived him about tenyears and died at the age of seventy-two. She was also a Lutheran. Hermaiden name was Christina Meyer. Henry, a sister, Mrs. Sophia Krohe, anda half sister, Mrs. Catherine Fischer, are the surviving members of thefamily.
Mr.Henry Korte began here as a poor man and worked as a farm laborer, beginningfor himself in 1863, having been in the county since 1856. He purchasedhis first land in 1889. He has a fine farm in the section where he lives.
Hewas married in this county to Wilhelmina Krohe, born, reared and educatedin Cass county, near the farm where she now lives. She is the daughterof August and Christine (Jokisch) Krohe, natives of Germany who had cometo America when young and single, and were married in Cass county, wherethey made their home, the mother dying in 1889, aged over seventy. Mr.Krohe is still living in this county and is eighty years old. He and hisfamily were always Lutherans and Mr. Krohe continues in the faith of hisyouth.
Mrs.Korte is one of seven children, being the third, and has been a good andfaithful wife and mother. She has borne her husband four children: AlbertH., married Mary Hessler of this county, and they live on Mr. Henry Korte’sfarm; Arthur G., single and a farmer on his own account, living at home;Edward, at home assisting his father; and Amelia, at home.
Mr.and Mrs. Korte, with their family, are Lutherans, and Mr. Korte and hissons are all Democrats. They are worthy good people.
BiographicalReview of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, BiographicalReview Publishing Co., Chicago, 1892, pages 273-274.
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