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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, p. 269.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.

LEE SCHRANTZ. Among the many men who have contributed to the building up of Stonington Township, stands the name of our subject, whose farm is situated on section 18. Like many of the residents of Christian County he hails from the Buckeye State, having been born in Stark County, December 16, 1855. He is one of four sons and a daughter born to Ephraim and Nancy (Mohler) Schrantz, whose record may be found in another portion of this work, in the history of Sylvester Schrantz.

 The early years of our subject were passed on his father's farm in Ohio, and at the age of eleven years he attended his parents on their removal to Christian County. Until reaching his majority he gave his time to assisting his father on the homestead and acquiring a good common-school education.

 When he was twenty-one years of age, his father gave him a good start in life by deeding to him an eighty-acre farm. On this place he has continued to reside up to the present time and has made quite a success of agricultural pursuits. Although he follows general farming, he makes a specialty of breeding thoroughbred Jersey cattle, in which he deals quite extensively.

 On the 28th of December, 1876, Mr. Schrantz married Miss Emma Wood, who was born in October, 1854, in Piatt County, Ill. She is a daughter of George and Sarah (Hodge) Wood, who were old and respected settlers of Piatt County. Three bright children have blessed the union of our subject and wife. In order of birth they are as follows: Ross, Roy and Claude. They are all at home and are being given good educations.

A patriotic citizen at all times, Mr. Schrantz endeavors to the extent of his ability to promote the general welfare, and believing that the measures of the Republican party are best adapted to that end he deposits his ballot in favor of its nominees.  

He has in his possession a secretary which was made for his father's family in 1840, a pocketbook of his grandfather's, which was purchased in 1836, and a letter written to Hans Schrantz from Germany and sent to Pennsylvania May 22, 1761. 

He has been a witness of much of the development of this county and has done his share in assisting in her prosperity. He is an upright and honorable man, one whose fairness of dealing and good judgment have won for him the confidence and high regard of his friends and neighbors. 



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