LOUIS E. CORDUM. We take pleasure in presenting to the readers of this work one of the most prominent and influential farmers of Macoupin County, as well as one of the largest stock raisers in Southern Illinois. He was born on his present farm, which consists of 280 acres in sections 7 and 8, Cahokia township, September 16, 1875, and is a son of Henry and Reka (Mohlman) Cordum, and a grandson of Louis Cordum.
Louis Cordum, the grandfather of our subject was a native of Germany where he was a highly respected citizen. He was twice married, and had four sons by his first union and three daughters and one son by his second.
Henry Cordum was born in Germany and came to America when a small boy in company with his parents, who settled in Macoupin County, Illinois, where Henry continued to reside the remainder of his life. Mr. Cordum was a self made man in every sense that this term implies, for he engaged in the battle of life with scarcely any material aid and at the time of his death left a large estate which was solely earned by himself. Mr. Cordum was a Democrat and aided in promoting that party's interests. He served as school director for several years. Religiously Mr. Cordum was a member of the German Lutheran Church. Mr. Cordum was married to Reka Mohlman, a native of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Cordum were the parents of six children, namely: Hannah (Weyen), a resident of Cahokia township, Macoupin County; Minnie, who resides at home as housekeeper; Louis E., our subject; Henry, who resides in Gillespie, where he conducts an electric light plant; Fred and Edward. Mr. Cordum's death took place here December 21, 1892, having reached the age of 51 years. After his death, his widow married Herman Dettmers and now resides on a farm.
Louis E. Cordum has resided on his present farm all his life and at an early age devoted his energies to agricultural operations. At present he is chiefly engaged in general farming and stock raising, the chief products of his farming operations being grain and hay. Mr. Cordum also devotes much time to the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and is an extensive breeder of Percheron and Coach horses. He also raises many hogs, having on hand at present 100 head of Poland-China hogs. Politically Mr. Cordum is a member of the Democratic party, and represents his township on the County Central Committee, having previously served for one year as tax collector. He is a member of the German Lutheran Church.