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                                         ADAM HOTH
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


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

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