MRS. LENA BARTEL, who resides on her beautiful farm of 160 acres situated in section 16, Dorchester township, Macoupin County, was born at Dorsey, Madison County, Illinois, November 11, 1861, and is a daughter of Herbert and Lena (Beauman) Bohlen.
Herbert Bohlen, who was a native of Germany, came to America about 1845, landing at New Orleans, where he remained but a short time, then removing to Alton, Illinois, and later locating on a farm near Dorsey, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Bohlen followed farming his entire life. Mr. Bohlen's first marriage took place in his native land, where his wife died, leaving two children, Wubka and Rixte, who accompanied their father to America. Wubka died at the age of 25 years, while Rixte, who married Thomas Saahoff, is now a resident of Litchfield, Illinois. Two children were born to Mr. Bohlen's marriage to Lucy Beauman, a native of Germany, namely: John, a resident of Mount Olive, Macoupin County; and Mrs. Lena Bartel. Mr. Bohlen died on his farm near Dorsey, Illinois, on his 61st birthday, February 8, 1880. Mrs. Bohlen, our subject's mother, died at Dorsey, Illinois, in 1883, at the age of 63 years.
Lena Bohlen, when 19 years of age, married Herman Rust, a native of Germany, with whom she removed to Mount Olive, Macoupin County, where they resided until 1895, when they located on our subject's present farm. Mr. Rust followed farming the greater part of his life, but worked for a short time in the mines at Mount Olive. he died on the farm in Dorchester township, in 1897, at the age of 47 years. They were blessed with seven children, namely: Fred; Henry: William; Eddie; Francis; Sophia, and Otto, all of whom reside on the homestead farm. On October 1, 1903, Mrs. Rust was married to Henry Bartel, who was born at East St. Louis, Illinois, September 19, 1858. Mr. Bartel when 15 years of age removed with his parents to Dorsey, Illinois, where he resided until three years ago, when he removed to Bunker Hill. Mr. Bartel is one of a family of eight children, born to Richard and Annie (Heyes) Bartel, both of whom were natives of Germany. Mrs. Bartel is a member of the German Lutheran Church of Bunker Hill.