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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.

CHARLES GREB is one of the German-born citizens of Christian County, and has been no small factor in her development and present prosperity. His farm is located on sections 5 and 16, Stonington Township. The birth of our subject occurred in Hessen, Germany, October 24, 1853. His father, John Greb, was born and reared to manhood in Germany, where he married Miss Katie Pope. After the death of his wife he crossed the broad Atlantic to try his fortune in the United States, and made a settlement in Cass County, Ill. There his remaining years were passed, and there he died at a good old age.

In the family of six children, Charles Greb was the second-born. He acquired a good education in his native land, and made his own livelihood from the time he was sixteen years of age. He was twenty years old when he left his native land, and on his arrival in New York he went to work at the carpenter's trade, which he had mastered in Germany. He continued to reside in the Eastern metropolis for about three years, when he set his face Westward and arrived in Cass County, Ill., in 1876. Four years later he came to Christian County, where he has since made his home.

In the same year in which Mr. Greb settled in this county, he was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Brauer, who was born and grew to womanhood in Cass County. Her parents, however, were natives of Germany, and became respected settlers of Cass County. The union of our subject and wife has been blessed with two bright children, John F. and Alice.

The beautiful and fertile farm of Mr. Greb consists of two hundred acres located on section 16. He also owns another good farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 5, of Stonington Township. In politics, he is identified with the Democratic party, and fraternally is associated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Both himself and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and rank high in the friendship and esteem of all who know them. The many broad acres now owned by our subject have been acquired in a very few years, but it is owing to the unusual energy, industry and business ability which are his native characteristics. In addition to the farm owned by him, his good wife, besides giving him great assistance and loving counsel, has brought him an inheritance of two hundred acres from her father's estate.



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