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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

JOHN G. ADELHART is one of the prosperous and thrifty agriculturists of Assumption Township, his home being on section 2. He is an example of the self-made man, as he has carved out a fortune for himself single-handed. He has been a resident of Christian County for about twenty years, and during this time he has done all in his power to advance the interests of the community in which he dwells.

A native of Germany, he was born in Bavaria, August 18, 1846. He received a good education in the German language, and early formed a determination to emigrate to the United States. For several years he engaged in farming in Bavaria, but in 1872 took passage in a sailing-vessel at Hamburg, and in due time landed in New York, on the 15th of June. He proceeded directly Westward to Illinois, joining an elder brother who was located in Nokomis.

For about three years Mr. Adelhart worked by the month, and then bought a piece of corn in the field, which he harvested, making quite a profit on his investment. The following year he rented a place in this county of Samuel Winters, which he farmed for one year, and then rented a half-section of land, and in company with two brothers operated this land for two years. For several successive years our subject continued as a renter, carefully saving his profits, and thus in 1885 he was enabled to become a land-owner himself.

In 1871, previous to leaving his native land, Mr. Adelhart was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Price, who has proved a true helpmate to him along the voyage of life. Eight children have come to bless their home. In order of birth they are as follows: John, Joseph, Fred, Robert, Peter, Maggie, Elizabeth and Helen. Anna died at the age of two years. The children have been given good educations in the Assumption schools, and the two older sons have been of great assistance to him on the farm. The family are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church, of Assumption.

In 1885, Mr. Adelhart became the owner of his present valuable farm on section 2. This place comprises ninety acres adjoining the corporate limits of Assumption. Our subject has made substantial improvements on the place, has erected a large and pleasant house, with barns and farm buildings, and set out an orchard. He is considered one of the thrifty farmers of the county, and has shown that he possesses practical ideas on the subject of farming.

In his political opinions, Mr. Adelhart is a strong Democrat and takes great interest in elections. He has, however, never desired office for himself, but chooses rather to give his entire time and attention to his agricultural duties. He is a man of upright character and has made many friends during his residence in this community.



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