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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 and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
AUGUST MUNDHENKE, who is a farmer residing on section 23, Ricks Township, is one of the German-born citizens of Christian County, and has taken no little share in the promotion of her prosperity.

His birth occurred in Hanover, Germany, in the city of Hammel, October 2, 1835. He is a son of Frederick and Carolina (Langen) Mundhenke. The father was a farmer and followed that vocation throughout life. He reared a family of five children, and died in 1873, at the age of seventy-two years. His wife had passed away the year before. They were members of the Lutheran Church, and brought up their children to be good and useful men and women. Their eldest son, William, served for ten years in the German army; Henry, now deceased, settled in 1857 near Palmer; Carolina is the wife of William Michaelman, of Greenwood Township; Louisa died at the age of forty years; and our subject is the youngest of the children living.

The boyhood of August Mundhenke was passed on the old farm in Germany, and for eight years he attended the public schools and assisted in farm work. At the age of twenty, he came to America, leaving Bremen and landing in New York City after a voyage of forty-nine days.

Coming to Illinois, he took charge of a farm in Montgomery County which belonged to his brother, who had preceded him here about four years. The date of our subject's arrival in the Prairie State is 1856, and for three years he worked by the month at farm labor. He had only $7.50 on arriving at his brother's, but was so industrious and frugal that he soon managed to lay by considerable money, which he invested in a farm.

Later selling out, he came to his present home, in 1869, and bought the farm, which was then wild prairie land, and he turned the first sod on the place. This beautiful and fertile farm bears little resemblance to its former condition, as it is well drained and cultivated. He has three hundred and twenty acres, which he has made by honest labor and economy.

In Macoupin County, Mr. Mundhenke married in 1859 Phoebe Richardson, a native of that county. She died in Montgomery County, leaving one son, Oscar, a well-to-do farmer of Ricks Township. Our subject afterwards married Sarah Jane, daughter of William King, now deceased. She was born in Shelby County, Ind., and came with her parents to Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. Unto our subject and wife were born the following children: Ernest, who died in infancy; John Henry, a teacher in Bushnell College, of Bushnell, Ill.; James, who is engaged in farming with his brother Oscar; Lina May, wife of William Casine, of Jersey County; George, who has charge of the home farm; Dell, Norman, Ida and Ethel, who are at home. They have been educated in the common schools and are thus well equipped for the battle of life.

In all questions of politics, Mr. Mundhenke is greatly interested, and is one of the loyal supporters of the Republican party. He cast his first ballot in 1864 for Abraham Lincoln and had the pleasure of hearing him speak in Hillsboro.

He also attended a lecture delivered by the great statesman Douglas. He usually attends the conventions of his party. He has served for one term as Road Commissioner, but is not desirous of official honors. He still adheres to the faith of the Lutheran Church, in which he was reared, and is a worthy, industrious citizen, who is loyal to his adopted country and has always endeavored to uphold her laws.



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