Biographies of Carroll County IL


It is often noticed that many of the most substantial citizens of a community in the United States are those who are not native to her soil but have come from other lands, usually in their youth and have had to more or less make their own way in the world. Frederick Nesemeier, a highly respected and substantial resident of Shannon, Ill., was a lad of some four years when his parents brought him to America, from Lippedetmold, Germany, where he was born December 6, 1856, a son of Conrad and Christian (Richisoneier) Nesemeier. The father was a farmer and had some capital to invest when, in 1861, he came with his family to Illinois. They lived one year at Rock Grove, in Stephenson county and then moved to Shannon township, in Carroll county, and there the father first bought 160 acres, situated in section 16, and made that home until his death although he had kept on adding, through hard work, to his landed possessions until he owned 600 acres. He was a man of great physical strength, unceasing industry and excellent judgment. His land was cultivated so that it would produce the full extent possible and he also raised many cattle and hogs. Frugality was a law of the household and father, mother and children all practiced careful saving. The children were reared in the Presbyterian Church, which the parents joined after coming to Illinois. There were five of these, Frederick being the oldest. Herman, the second born is a physician living in Cass county, N. D. Caroline, the only daughter, is the wife of Edward Brockhausen and lives in Stephenson county, Ill. August lives at Sheldon, Ia., while William F., the youngest, remains on the home farm. The father of the family died May 1, 1887, aged seventy-one years, and the mother died May 14, 1902, aged seventy-six years. They were excellent people in every way.

Frederick Nesemeier attended the public schools in Carroll county when he could be spared by his father for the latter required the help of his sons to carry on his large undertakings. When twenty-four years of age the young man bought eighty acres of his fatherís land and later a second eighty acres, all situated in section 9, Shannon township, and carried on general farming for some nine years. He then moved to Shannon, where he now owns and occupies one of the handsomest residences in the town. In 1890 he engaged in the implement commission business and in 1892 embarked in the hardware line together with agricultural implements in partnership with A. F. Geiseman, and they continued until 1904, when they sold out and since then Mr. Nesemeier has lived practically retired. When he came to settle permanently at Shannon he sold his farm but still owns a large ranch in Cass county, N. Dak. Later he bought 267 acres in Cherry-Grove township.

On February 24, 1881, Mr. Nesemeier married Miss Elizabeth Erdmeier, who was born at Leaf River, Ogle county, Ill., in 1856, February 18 a daughter of Henry and Caroline (Ratemeier) Erdmeier, natives of Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Nesemeier have no children. They are members of the Presbyterian church. In politics he is a republican and has served for three terms in the office of alderman since moving to Shannon. He is a member of the Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World. Both he and his wife are held in high esteem by the citizens of Carroll county. They have an adopted daughter, Bessie Elizabeth Erdmeier, a daughter of Mrs. Nesemeierís brother, Louis, but lost her mother in childhood. Her adopted parents sent her to the Shannon high school from which she was graduated in the class of 1911, and she is now teaching in Shannon township, being a very bright and beautiful girl, the pride of Mr. and Mrs. Nesemeier.

Contributed by Carol Parrish from the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Carroll County, Vol. II, Munsell Pg 860

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