HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 134

HENRY W. BEHRENS, proprietor of the hotel at Mt. Olive, was born at Neuenberg, in Oldenburg, Germany, April 30th, 1848, the second of five children of William Behrens and Talke Hansen. His father was a weaver and a farmer. When quite young Mr. Behrens determined to emigrate to America. He left his native country August 15th, 1866, landed at New York, and from that place came to Alton, and the same year to the neighborhood of Gillespie, where he lived nine years. Part of the time he ran a threshing machine. In the spring of 1875 he moved to Mt. Olive, and put up the building now used by him as a hotel. In 1878 he erected another substantial brick building, the lower part of which is now occupied by him as a saloon and the upper part as a hall. In the summer of 1873 he married Martha Arkebauer, daughter of Gerd. Arkebauer; she was born near Mt. Olive in 1854. They have two children. Mr. Behrens has been one of the active business men of Mt. Olive. In the summer of 1879 he made a trip to Germany, and revisited the scenes of his younger days, and had the pleasure of meeting many old friends and acquaintances


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