Carroll County IL Biography


Frederick Winter is a well-known farmer owning 160 acres of good land on section 4, in Woodland Township. He was born Nov. 20, 1831, in Prussia, of which country his parents were also natives. His father was George Winter, and his motherís maiden name was Christina Zacharias. They were married in their native land, and came to the United States in 1848, bringing their young family with them. For ten months they lived in the city of Leeds, Mass., and for five years thereafter made their residence in New England, living in several places, as the father found work at his trade of weaver. In 1854 they came to Illinois, settling in Carroll County, where the father took up a tract of 160 acres of land, on which he expected to make a permanent home. He did not, however, live long to enjoy his new possession, as he died a few months after settling there. Fifteen years later the mother followed him to the grave, dying in 1869.

Our subject is the second of his parentsí eight children, and received the rudiments of an education in his native country. He was early put to work, learning the trade of weaver with his father when but ten years of age. He worked for his father and helped to support the family until his parentís death. After this sad event, in order to assist his widow mother, the younger brothers and sisters, our subject returned to New England, and worked at his trade in Connecticut until the fall of 1856, when he came back to Illinois, and engaged in the labor of clearing up the land belonging to his fatherís estate. In 1858 he purchased the home farm of 160 acres, paying to the other heirs $1,000, the appraised value of their interest. To one brother he rented the place for five years, in lieu of paying cash, and then returned to Connecticut, to try and earn enough to pay off $500, which was the share of two other brothers. Having accomplished this he returned to Illinois in 1863, and took possession of the home, on which he has ever since resided.

The marriage of our subject took place Dec. 27, 1867. His bride was Magdalena C. Walter, a daughter of John and Catherine (Sticker) Walter Ė natives of Wurtemburg, Germany. Her parents had six children, three of whom are now living. The mother died in 1873, and the father is now living in Jo Daviess County. Mrs. Winter was the fifth child, and was born in Pleasant Valley, Jo Daviess Co., Ill., May 9, 1847. She received her education at home, and grew up there, and before her marriage was very seldom outside the limits of her native county. Mr. and Mrs. Winter have had the following children, six of whom now living, namely: Louisa F., Mary A., John (deceased), Minnie Grace, Rosa B., Emma H., and Freddie S.

The early industry of our subject gave him a comparatively good start in life. When he and his wife began their career together, they had the farm all paid for, and moved into the old log cabin which is still standing on the place. His present home, a fine two-story frame house, he built in 1868. His original farm he has cleared up, and has added to, until he is now the possessor of 212 acres of rolling prairie, most of it under a fine state of cultivation. He is also the owner of 160 acres in Barton County, Mo., which he bought in 1885. In addition to his general farming, he is considerably interested in stock-raising, usually selling from twenty to twenty-five head of cattle per annum, and several head of horses. He has planted, and has now in full bearing, a fine orchard of over three acres.

Our subject has taken a somewhat active part in local politics, and is a leader of the Democracy in Carroll County, having voted the ticket of that party straight for many years, with the exception of three times, when he voted the Greenback ticket. He has been a member of the Grange, and School Director in the township. His success in life is due to his industry, careful habits and foresight, aided by the efforts of a capable and thrifty wife

Contributed by Carol Parrish - Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889), Pg 833

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