ADAM HOTH

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County, Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended (Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 58-59.

ADAM HOTH, who is living in practical retirement at Wilmette, is one of the thrifty German-Americans who constitute a considerable part of the population of Cook County, and have added materially to its prosperity.   He was born on the banks of the beautiful river Rhine, in the town of Mainz, in Hesse-Darmstadt, January 1, 1832.  He is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Mueller) Hoth, the former a blacksmith by trade.  Samuel Hoth came to America in 1870, and he died in Niles Township, Cook County, Illinois, in 1889, at the age of eighty-six years.  His wife died in Germany, in 1866.  Her father, John Mueller, who was a miller by occupation as well as by name, lived to the age of one hundred and two years.

Adam Hoth was educated in the public schools of his native land.  At the age of thirteen he began to assist his father, and learned the trade of a blacksmith, which he followed until 1882. He came to America in 1854, and spent one year at his trade in Stephentown, near Lebanon Springs, New York.  He became a resident of Cook County in the fall of 1856, and after spending the winter in Chicago, settled in Niles Township, opening a shop, in which he labored until 1866.  At that date he removed to Niles Center, where he again operated a shop.  This he sold out in 1877, and went to Gross Point, where he worked until 1882, when he retired from active labor.

For the last thirty years he has dealt more or less in real estate.  He first purchased nine acres at Niles Center, which he disposed of to good advantage after two years’ possession.  He subsequently bought thirty-five acres in the same locality, which yielded him a good profit, as soon as the value of such holdings began to be realized by his neighbors.  Foreseeing in a measure the ultimate demand for property near the lake shore, he next purchased forty-eight acres in New Trier Township, near Wilmette Village, which sold in 1890 for $20,000.  He now owns seven acres in the village of Wilmette, where the demand for, and value of, real estate is constantly increasing.  In 1892 he built a fine home at the corner of Lake Avenue and Twelfth Street in Wilmette, where he now resides.

Mr. Hoth was married, in 1859, to Elizabeth Bismann, of Niles Center.  She was born in Saxony, and came to America at the age of eight years.  They have nine children living, namely: Henry, a blacksmith at Gross Point; John, a mason, who lives at Wilmette; William, a blacksmith at Gross Point; Jacob A., a carpenter; Samuel; Elizabeth; Mary; Tillie and Emma, the two last-named being twins.  All are living at Wilmette except William and Henry.  Mr. and Mrs. Hoth are also blessed with eight grandchildren.

They are members of the Lutheran Church at Evanston, toward the building of whose church edifice they contributed.  He is a life-long Republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860.  While living at Niles Center he served as a County Constable for eight years.  In 1892 he visited the Old Country, an excursion which resulted in shattering many of his idols, and reconciled him to living in America.  In the contemplation of his business career, the reader will find an illustration of what may be accomplished by a humble investment, directed by good judgment, and accompanied by honest industry and prudence.

                                -- Submitted on 9/19/99 by Sherri Hessick ( slhessick@crosswinds.net )