PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF MORGAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers

1889


GEORGE H. RUSSWINKLE. This prosperous farmer and stock-raiser, who is residing on section 17, township 16, range 12, was born in Morgan County, Feb. 23, 1860. His parents were John H. and Ella Russwinkle, natives of Germany. The father came to this county when a young man, poor in purse, and occupied himself as a farm hand until he had laid up sufficient money to purchase the land which his widow now occupied and where he built a good home. But forty acres were broken at the time of purchase, and he added to his real estate until he was the owner of 300 acres, all of which he had accumulated through his industrious efforts. Not only did he come to this country without means, but was obliged to borrow $1.50 in order to get from New Orleans to St. Louis.

To the parents of our subject there was born quite a large family of children, of whom six survive, viz: John, George H., our subject, William, Mary, the wife of Henry Jording of Lafayette County, Mo., Annie, the wife of John Bullis of Broken Bow, Neb., and Ella. After the death of the mother the elder Russwinkle was married the second time, and there were born two more children, Lizzie and Lotta. Mr. R. was a member of the Lutheran Church, in which he served as trustee, and in politics was a Democrat. His sterling worth and integrity were the means of gathering around him many friends. He served as School Director in his township and was numbered among the prosperous German farmers of Morgan county.

The subject of this notice was reared to man's estate in this county and received his education in the common school. He remained a member of his father's household until twenty-three years old, assisting in opening up the new farm, and remained unmarried until after the death of his father, which occurred in October, 1885. On the 5th of May, 1887, he was married to Miss Lizzie, daughter of George Werries of Morgan county, and they have one son, George H. Mr. Russwinkle owns eighty acres of good land which he has accumulated by his own industry. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, like his father, and also like him belongs to the Democratic party. Mrs. Russwinkle died at the homestead, Oct. 3, 1888.


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