AUGUST H. SCHWIEGER. The enterprising German citizen is to be found all over the West, and in other parts of the United States, pushing his way to the front, and almost without exception, industrious and well-to-do. His descendants have lost nothing by being American-born, and have united with the traits of their substantial ancestry, the adventurous and progressive qualities distinguishing the people of a country which leads the world, and we find among them some of our most reliable and responsible citizens. They have contributed their full share to the development of the rich resources of Illinois, and in Morgan County have particularly illustrated their worth in all the walks of life.
The subject of this sketch is the son of Frederick and Louisa (Muller) Schwieger, who were natives of Germany, and who emigrated to America in 1853. They settled in Erie County, N.Y., where the father died two years later, in 1855. In the meantime August H., our subject, had been born in the city of Buffalo, Dec. 2, 1853. His mother after the death of her husband, was married to Mr. Henry Pruss. When our subject was a boy thirteen years, leaving the vicinity of Buffalo, where he had spent his early life, he sent with his mother and step-father to Muscatine County, Iowa. They took up a tract of land from which they constructed a good homestead. The mother is still living in Carroll County, Iowa.
After a sojourn of eight years in the Hawkeye State, Mr. Schwieger recrossed the Father of waters, and coming to this county, was thereafter employed as a farm laborer by the month for five or six years. With genuine German prudence and forethought, he had saved what he could of his earnings, and in the spring of 1882, purchased 160 acres of land in township 14, range 10, that which constitutes his present homestead. Since that time he has given his close attention to the improvement of his property, and the cultivation of the soil. He has erected a good house with a barn, and the other necessary structures, and has established a most pleasant home. He operates considerably as a stock-dealer, and is in the enjoyment of a comfortable income.
While a resident of Illinois, Mr. Schwieger was married at Springfield, Jan. 2, 1879, to Mrs. Sophia Wahl. This lady was born in Germany, about 1840, and came to America with her husband, Mr. Wahl, when twenty-four years old. At the time of her marriage to Mr. Schwieger, she was the widow of John L. Wahl. Both she and her husband are members in good standing of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Schwieger, politically, is a supporter of Democratic principles, but as may be readily understood, has very little time to give to public matters. He is a man prompt to meet his obligations, and occupies a good position socially and financially in his community.