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HENRY C. LEVERING was born on the 1st of January, 1849, his parents being Cave and Catherine (Von Felden) Levering. His mother was born in Germany and came with her parents, George and Margaret Von Felden, to America at an early age. His father was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and when a young man came to Illinois and after spending several years in Springfield took up his residence in Petersburg, entering the employ of A.D. Wright and afterward engaging in business for himself. He was married to Miss Von Felden in Petersburg and to them were born eleven children, nine surviving to maturity, eight of whom are still living: Mrs. Robert Carver, Aaron, Thomas, Mrs. Lester Redmon, Cave, Charles, Harvey M. and Margaret. Harvey M. Levering, the youngest son, has been actively identified with the political life of the county, having been elected by large majorities to fill the office of county clerk for three successive terms, and is at the present time holding the position of master in chancery.
Henry C. Levering was married in Petersburg, November 6, 1872, to Julia Chatterton, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Miles) Chatterton. She was born in Springfield February 15, 1855. Her mother was reared in Menard county where her parents, George U. and Jane Miles, settled at an early day, coming from Kentucky. Mr. Levering entered mercantile life as a grocer and was very successful in that line. He was associated in a partnership with Martin Nicolai, which relation was continued for some time, when the firm of Harms, Levering, Nicolai & Company was formed. This was succeeded by Harms, Levering & Clary, and after the retirement of Mr. Clary became Harms & Levering. In 1890 they erected the present brick business block at the southwest corner of court house square, one hundred and twenty-four by one hundred and two feet. The building was constructed for departments---groceries, dry goods, clothing and notions---and had a stock and facilities for the conduct of a general mercantile business second to none in this part of the state. Mr. Levering was very active in the development of this business, which was conducted along modern lines of progress, and he instituted fair and honorable methods which would bear the closest scrutiny. He was also interested quite extensively in stock-raising and continued in both lines up to the time of his death, which occurred on the 3rd day of July, 1903, the community thereby losing a very prominent and influential citizen whose value was widely recognized. His name had long figured in connection with mercantile interests here and always stood as a synonym of honorable dealing and progressive effort. He was a Mason and a life-long Democrat, but always held patriotism above politics. He was a man of unblemished character, tireless energy and unbounded industry.
He is succeeded in business by his two sons, his only children, Paul and Harry C. The firm of Harms & Levering was discontinued, the young men retaining the clothing and grocery departments under the name of Levering Brothers. They are of good business ability, alert, energetic, quickly recognizing possibilities, finding in each transition stage of their business career opportunity for further advancement and bid fair to sustain the reputation their father made as an honorable man and a useful citizen.