JOHN H. and HENRY SCHIRDING, farmers and stock-dealers; P.O. Petersburg; sons of Henry and Helen M. (Zurbord) Schirding. John was born in the province of Hanover, Germany, July 24, 1828, and came to this country in 1847. Henry was also born in Hanover Oct. 12, 1833, and, with his parents, came to this country in 1848, and joined John H. in opening their present home farm, which now consists of 781 acres of as fine land as may be found in Menard Co. Their parents still live with them, and have arrived at a ripe old age, their combined ages being 160 years, and enjoy fine health for old people. Henry married Miss Mary C. Behma, of his native country, June 26, 1864. They have a family of three. They are enterprising, benevolent and practical farmers, enjoying the reputation of being much respected citizens.