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                                     MICHAEL LOCHNER
                                    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. 401-402

MICHAEL LOCHNER, a pioneer and prominent farmer of Niles
Township, was born in Roeddingen, Bavaria, Germany,
September 5, 1836. His grandfather kept a hotel, and also
dealt in lumber, at that place, and his parents, Michael and
Susannah (Berchman) Lochner, were both born there. The
father, Michael Lochner, Sr., was the youngest of a family
composed of two sons and seven daughters, and was a farmer.
In the year 1844, he left his native land to make a home in
the New World, and arrived in Cook County, Illinois,
settling in Niles Township in July of that year. He bought
one hundred acres of land on sections 18 and 19, and
continued to reside there until his death, which occurred
August 7, 1848, at the age of forty-eight years. His widow
survived until 1863, reaching the age of fifty-eight. Five
of their seven children grew to maturity. John, the eldest
of these, was shot at the battle of Chattanooga, during the
Civil War, while serving as a member of the Thirteenth
Illinois Infantry. Michael, the subject of this biography,
is the second. Magdalena married John Brosel, now a resident
of Niles Township, and died in Chicago. Killian is a farmer
of Pilot Township, Kankakee County, this State; and Michael
Medad is engaged in the same occupation in Niles.

As shown above, the subject of this sketch was near the
completion of his eighth year when the family arrived in
Niles, and here all his life has been spent since that time.
On the 22d of July, 1894, was celebrated at his residence,
by friends and relatives, the fiftieth anniversary of his
arrival here. He had but little opportunity for English
studies, attending the primitive public schools of this
region two or three months in the winter for a few terms,
and during the same time he attended the parochial schools
of the vicinity about one year. When he was but twelve years
old his father died, and the care of the farm devolved upon
him. From that time he took the lead in the labors of the
farm and did a manís work. His mother continued to reside on
the homestead until her death, after which he purchased the
interest of the other heirs and became its sole owner. He
has disposed of a portion of this farm, retaining but eight
acres of the original farm, to which he has added
twenty-eight acres, and he is also the possessor of one
hundred acres in Wheeling Township. He has always made
farming his business, and has achieved success. He is a
Trustee of St. Peterís Roman Catholic Church of Niles
Center, and is active in the erection of the fine new church
edifice now being constructed by that society. He has served
two terms as School Trustee, and has often refused township
offices, being averse to engage in the strife for
preferment. In matters on National policy, he has always
upheld the Democratic party, but takes little part in
political action. As a farmer and citizen, he enjoys the
respect and confidence of his fellows, and enjoys the
blessings of life in a rational and quiet way.

In 1865, Mr. Lochner was married to Terese Baumann, a native
of Chicago and daughter of Franz Baumann, formerly of Baden,
Germany. Thirteen children have been given to Mr. and Mrs.
Lochner, of whom eleven are still living, namely: Susan
Bridget, wife of Martin Knidl, of Wheeling, Cook County,
Illinois; Agatha, Mrs. William Hoffman, of Morton Grove;
Michael, Jr., at home; Mary, wife of Henry Heinz, residing
in Niles Center; Peter and Frederick, employed as grocery
clerks in Chicago; Teresa, Annie, Katharine, John and
Albert, with their parents. Magdalena, the seventh, and
Caroline, the eighth, died at the ages of five years and
four months, respectively.

Mr. Lochner has served in all the hardships and severe
labors common to pioneers of this locality. In the early
days, all produce was hauled to Chicago with oxen, and gave
very small returns for the labor necessary to its production
and marketing. He remembers getting stuck with a wagon in
the mud of Randolph Street, between Franklin and Fifth
Avenue. Hickory wood sold for a few shillings per cord, and
hay was almost a drug in the market. He persevered, and by
the work of his own hands won a home and comfort for his
declining years.

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