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Biography of Christian Pilger of Beardstown, Illinois

Christian Pilger, a live man and old citizen of Beardstown, was born in Waldeck, Prussia, in 1836, and came of a good old German family. His father, Fred Pilger, was at one time Mayor, as had been his father and grandfather before him. He was married in this city to Miss Margaret Schuman, born in Baden, Germany, and came to this country when eighteen years of age. Her parents also came to Beardstown and died here consistent members of the Lutheran Church.

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Biography of Samuel M. Schroder of Oakland township, Illinois

Samuel M. Schroder, a rising young business man of Oakland township, and one of the most progressive agriculturists of Schuyler county, was born in McDonough county, Illinois, in 1860, on the 27th day of April. His father, Nicholas Schroder, was a native of Germany, but emigrated to America with his mother when a lad of eleven years, in 1837. Mr. Schroder was united in marriage, in 1880, to Miss Sarah E. Smith, a native of Fulton county, Illinois, and a daughter of John and Rebecca (Barcus) Smith, natives of Pennsylvania and Illinois, respectively.

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Henry D. Ritter Biography

 HenryD. Ritter HENRY D. RITTER was bornAugust 6, 1819, son of Michael and Barbara E. (Schafer) Ritter. The formerwas born in 1795, being of German ancestry. By occupation he was a stonemason, and in 1812 he went to the German...

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Henry F. Witte Biography

 HenryF. Witte HENRY F. WITTE, a practicalfarmer 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 acresof timber. He bought this land in 1862 and...

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James B. Moore – Biography

 JamesB. Moore JAMESB. MOORE, a soldier in the late war, was born in Newark, Delaware, November26, 1819. His father, John, was born in the same place, October 9, 1791,and his grandfather, Archibald, was a native of Jamestown,...

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