ROTTGER, JOHN, (deceased), for many years a prominent and successful business man of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was a native of Minden, Germany, where he was born on February 6, 1840. In 1852 he came with his parents to the United States, and spent one year in St. Louis, Mo., whence the family moved to Morgan County, Ill., locating on a farm near the village of Franklin. His father being in poor circumstances, John Rottger enjoyed slender advantages for mental improvement. He spent his evenings in attendance at a night school, where he acquired a meager knowledge of a few elementary branches. After he attained manhood he was employed for some years as a nurseryman by Prof. J. B. Turner, of Jacksonville, and later learned the trade of cabinet making. When he had mastered this he purchased his employer's business and combined that line with undertaking. Thus he continued until the time of his death, at which period he was one of the oldest business men in Jacksonville, having been a resident of the city from 1856.
On November 27, 1873, Mr. Rottger was united in marriage with Anna M., a daughter of Edwin H. and Anna M. (Cooper) Carlile. This union resulted in six children, as follows: Maude (Mrs. Thos. W. Sweeney); John Frederick, undertaker and embalmer; Anna Wilhelmina, who is now Mrs. Spelman, of Texas; Uria Beatrice, actress and soloist; Jessie Carlile, a student in the High School; and Lucille Amelia, who attends public school in Jacksonville. Mrs. Rottger's father was of English and Scotch extraction and her mother was born in Chester County, Pa., of German descent. The parents settled in Illinois in 1852, locating on a farm ten miles from Jacksonville, and both dying at the age of eighty-four years - the father in 1883 and the mother in 1898. By a former marriage Mr. Rottger was the parent of two children, viz.: C. H. Rottger, now District Manager of the Bell Telephone, Springfield, and Mary E. Pierson, of Jacksonville.
Mr. Rottger, was a consistent member of the Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church of Jacksonville, and was in fraternal affiliation with the A.F. & A.M. order, in which he was a Knight Templar. In the I.O.O.F., he had passed all the chairs of the Jacksonville Lodge, of which he was a member for forty-two years, having represented it in the Grand Lodge. He was a diligent and conscientious worker, faithful to all his obligations, a man of dutiful spirit and pure life, and all who knew him were his stanch friends and admirers.