H. M. LEVERING, master in chancery of Menard county, was born in Petersburg, December 13, 1867, and through much of his active business career has been connected with the public service - a fact which indicates his reliability and efficiency. His father, Cave Levering, was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and was united in marriage to Miss Catherine von Felden, a native of Germany. On his removal to Illinois he located in Springfield, where he remained for a few years, and thence came to Petersburg, where he turned his attention to merchandising, in which field of business activity he continued until with a few years of his death, when he retired to enjoy the fruits of his former toil.
The eighth in order of birth in a family of nine children, H. M. Levering was educated in the public schools of Petersburg and then entered his brothers store as a salesman, being thus employed for eight years. On the expiration of that period, in 1889, he was elected county clerk and was twice re-elected, thus serving for three consecutive terms. On his retirement from that office he was appointed master in chancery, in which capacity he is now discharging his duties in a most capable and commendable manner. He regards a public office as a public trust and brings to the discharge of his duties the same enterprising spirit and keen discernment which he manifested when controlling private business interests.
In August, 1889, Mr. Levering was married to Miss Celia Combs, a native of Menard county and a daughter of Amos Combs. She died January 25, 1895, and her death was deeply regretted by many friends to whom she had become endeared through her many good traits of heart and mind. She left two children, Leigh and Warren. In 1896 Mr. Levering was again married, his second union being with Miss Nellie C. Hutcherson, a native of Menard county and a daughter of William T. Hutcherson, who died in the ‘80s. There is one son of this marriage, William;
Mr. Levering is prominent in Masonic circles, belonging to both the lodge and chapter. He also holds membership relations with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of the Maccabees. He has a wide acquaintance in the county where his entire life has been passed and where he has so directed his energies as to gain recognition as a devotion to the public good and his co-operative support of all measures which he deems will promote the welfare and substantial upbuilding of city and county.