PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL
Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company
MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1891
- There is probably no more pleasant farm in Nilwood Township than that which is owned and occupied by Mr. Gehrig, and a view of which accompanies this sketch. Although the acreage is not large, yet every rod of ground is made productive, or set apart for some useful purpose. A native of Germany, Mr. Gehrig was born February 2, 1839, and there passed the days of his boyhood and youth. When he arrived at manhood he determined to seek a home across the broad waters of the ocean and accordingly, in the fall of 1864, he emigrated to America, coming directly to Carlinville, where he arrived February 10, 1865. Since that time he has resided continuously in this county and has been closely connected with its later growth and progress.
Mr. Gehrig was first married in Carlinville, his wife being Miss Emma Michnesser, who was also a native of Germany. She did not long gladden the home of her husband as she passed from early June 11, 1886, in Nilwood Township. Mr. Gehrig afterward married again, the lade of his choice being Miss Mina Threde, who was, like himself, a native of the Fatherland. Their marriage was celebrated October 5, 1887, in Alton, this State, and unto them two children have been born - Dora and Frank.
About 1874 Mr. Gehrig located upon the estate which is still his home, and which includes eighty-six and one-half acres. Considerable money has been invested in the improvement of the farm and by hard work Mr. Gehrig has transformed it into a productive space, in which the choicest grains and vegetables may be found. Agriculture has always been the chosen occupation of Mr. Gehrig, and he thoroughly understands the best methods of farming, having been reared on a farm in Germany, and having always followed this vocation. Directly after coming to this county he rented a farm in Brushy Mound Township, and after residing there five years settled on section 21, Nilwood Township.
To his chosen calling in life Mr. Gehrig gives his undivided attention and makes a specialty of stock-raising, which he finds very profitable. He has contributed greatly to the improvement of his farm since he purchased it. The buildings are in excellent condition and are admirably adapted to their various purposes. Both Mr. Gehrig and his estimable wife are members of the German Catholic Church. The father of our subject, Frank Gehrig, died while with his son in Carlinville, this State; the mother, Katherine Gehrig, passed away in Germany. We may well be proud of having so intelligent a German-American citizen in our midst, and like many of his countrymen, he has aided largely in the development of American soil; like them also he is warm-hearted, generous and sociable.
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