JOSEPH LOTTER, a practical German farmer, residing on section 23, Staunton Township, has made his home in this community for about a third of a century. He was born in the Province of Byron on the Rhine, August 16, 1829, and is a son of Charles and Anna (Coleman) Lotter, who were also natives of the same Province. His father was a cooper by trade and followed that business throughout is entire life. Both were members of the Catholic Church and lived to an advanced age. Our subject is one of the youngest of a large family. The only ones that came to America are himself and his sister, who married and had a large family. She is now living in Muscoutah, Ill., at the age of sixty-one years.
Our subject acquired his education in the schools of his native country, and remained under the parental roof until nineteen years of age, when wishing to begin life for himself he left his home and also his native land. It was his desire to try his fortune in America, and in the spring fo 1848, he sailed from Havre, France, reaching New Orleans after a voyage of forty-six days. Making his way up the Father of Waters to St. Louis, he learned the cooper's trade in that city and followed it for some years, becoming a skilled workman. At length he came to this county, about 1860, and located upon the farm which is still his home. It comprises one hundred and eighteen and a half acres of land, on sections 23 and 24, and by his untiring efforts it has been placed under a high state of cultivation and supplied with many improvements, including all the necessary buildings and machinery. He also raises a good grade of stock and is regarded as one of the practical and progressive farmers in the community.
While living in St. Louis, Mr. Lotter led to the marriage altar Miss Julia Roughmann, who was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, and came to this country with her parents, Charles and Anna (Friezel) Roughmann, who crossed the ocean landing in New Orleans, and came up the Mississippi to Madison County, where they resided with a daughter until called to the home beyond. Th death of the father was caused by falling down a flight of stairs when quite old, and his wife was well advanced in years when she passed away. Both were members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Lotter was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife in 1887. She died in the early morning of the first day of the new year, when nearing her fifty-third birthday, having been born February 17, 1834. In religious belief she too was a Lutheran. Five children were left to mourn her loss - Mary, wife of William Winder, a blacksmith of Warden, Ill.; George, who aids in the operation of the home farm; Anne, married R. Vogt and lives in Mt. Olive, Ill.; Elvina, wife of Ernst Jacob, a butcher of Warden; and Julia, who is also deceased. Three children of the family had died in childhood - Tena, Charles and Henry.
Mr. Lotter was a second time married in Staunton Township, to Mrs. Mary Burghardt, who was born in Indiana, and with her parents removed to Belleville, Ill., where she was the first time married. By that union she had one child, John, who now holds the responsible position of manager of the mines owned by the Consolidated Coal Company, at Mt. Olive. Mr. Lotter and his wife attend the German Catholic church at Staunton and in politics he and his son are Democrats. They are people of sterling worth, who are widely and favorably known throughout this community and have many friends within the township.