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
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
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.