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GEORGE H. WINTERBAUER, classed with the practical and progressive farmers of Fancy Prairie township, was born in Menard county, November 13, 1864, and as the family name indicates is of German lineage. His father, Adam Winterbauer, was born in Germany, December 11, 1832, and came to America about fifty-four years ago, landing at New Orleans, where he was quarantined for a time, because of a cholera epidemic. Proceeding northward to St. Louis, he soon afterward secured employment in Belleville, Illinois, at the blacksmith’s trade, which he had learned in the fatherland. Subsequently he removed to Springfield and thence went to Petersburg, Menard county. He also worked at his trade in Athens and Greenview and he had a blacksmith shop at the Four Corners, east of Athens. Later he purchased twenty acres of land near Fancy Prairie, afterward added twenty-two acres and built thereon a shop and house. As he found opportunity he made other purchases, securing at times different tracts of twenty-eight, thirty, forty, eighty and then another forty acres, making in all two hundred and sixty acres of fine farming land, a part of which was wild prairie when it came into his possession, but his labors transformed it into productive fields, which bore rich harvests. He gained his start by working at the forge, but as his financial resources increased he was enabled to purchase more land and he gave his attention more and more to agricultural pursuits and became a prosperous farmer.
It was after his arrival in Illinois that Mr. Winterbauer was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary Cundiff, who was born in Montgomery county, Illinois, August 24, 1839. Twelve children were born unto them, of whom eight died in youth. While two sons and two daughters are yet living. Susie M., the eldest, is the wife of George W. Duncan, a resident of Freeport, Kansas. George H. is the second. Mary C. is the wife of Edgar Mott, formerly of Freeport, Kansas, who owns three hundred and twenty acres of land in that state, while in Athens he has a house and lot, and he makes his home in Fancy Prairie, where he owns residence property. Philip C. married Miss Catherine McMahon and is living in Menard county.
To the public-school system of his native county George H. Winterbauer is indebted for the educational privileges which he enjoyed in his youth. He attended school in the winter months and in the summer season assisted in the work of the home farm. When twenty-three years of age he was married and began farming on his own account. On the 3d of April, 1888, he wedded Bridget Coady, a daughter of Peter and Catherine (Turner) Coady. Her father was born in Ireland and at the age of eighteen years came to this country, landing at New York city. He worked in New Jersey for a time and then came to Illinois. After being employed by others for a brief period, he began farming for himself on land which he purchased in Menard county and he bought at different times until he had three hundred and twenty acres, all in one body. He broke and improved the greater part of this himself. There are two houses upon that farm and they are occupied by two of his sons, while Mr. Coady and his wife are residing in Athens, he living a retired life. They also own six other houses in Athens which they rent, and Mr. Coady has three hundred and twenty acres of land in Kansas, on which one of his sons is living. Unto him and his wife were born fifteen children, and four sons and four daughters are yet living: James, who married Anna Gleason and resides in Logan county; Mary Ann, the wife of Alex Gigoux, of Kansas; Mrs. Winterbauer; John, who married Emma Bellmay and resides in Kansas; Michael, who married Mary Murray and lives on the old homestead; Anna, twin sister of Michael and the wife of Benjamin Wallsmith, of Menard county; Peter who married Margaret Gleason and is living on the old homestead; and Katie, who is the wife of James Coughlin, of Sangamon county.
Mr. Winterbauer, at the time of his marriage, began farming on one hundred and sixty acres of land and for many years there carried on general farming and stock-raising with good success. He now has forty acres of land in his home place, and, his old home having been destroyed by fire, March 2, 1892, he has built a nice modern residence, which he now occupies. He also has one hundred and sixty acres of land in Kansas, which brings to him a good rental. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Winterbauer had been blessed with seven children: John P., born July 18, 1889; Andrew A., born December 11, 1891; Maggie, who was born March 5, 1894, and died on the 11th of the same month; George H., born April 17, 1895; Adam, born September 16, 1897; Katie F., born February 11, 1900; and William L., born August 5, 1902.
In his fraternal relations Mr. Winterbauer is a Modern Woodman, belonging to Main camp, No 5924, of which he is a charter member. He votes with the Democracy and gives unfaltering support to its principles. At this writing, in the fall of 1904, he is serving as clerk of the school board. He is a worthy citizen of his native county. In his business he is reliable and in other relations of life manifests many commendable traits, so that his friendship is valued, and in the regard of his fellow men he holds an enviable position.