Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder of Effingham County, has the honor of being a native-born citizen of Illinois.
His birth occurred in Chicago on the 15th of March, 1860. He is a son of William and Augusta (Bumchala) Hubrich,
both of whom were born in Prussia, near Berlin, the father in 1822, and the mother in 1828. The parents were married
in the Old Country, where they resided until 1856, when they bade good-bye to home and friends and emigrated to
the United States. On reaching this country they took up their residence in Cook County, within the present limits
of the city of Chicago. In that locality they continued to reside until the spring of 1863, when they removed to
Effingham County, and settled on a farm in Moccasin Township, where they still reside. They are industrious and
frugal people, and have acquired a good property, amounting to about nine hundred acres of rich farming land.
Hubrich, whose name heads this record, spent the days of his boyhood and youth in the usual manner of farmer lads,
being reared to manhood upon his father's farm. He received his primary education in the public schools of the
county, and later he became a student in the High School of Altamont. Following this he engaged in teaching for
a time. Not content with his own educational privileges, in 1880 he entered the Northern Indiana Normal at Valparaiso,
where he pursued a course of study, after which he again resumed teaching. He followed that vocation altogether
for ten years.
the 30th of September, 1886, Mr. Hubrich was united in marriage with Miss Otillie Rahn, the wedding ceremony being
performed in Bethlehem Church, in Mound Township, Effingham County. The lady was born in that township and is a
daughter of Charles and Sophia (Schuette) Rahn. Her parents were natives of Germany, and emigrated to America in
1860, locating at Buffalo, N. Y. Two years later they came to Effingham County and settled in Mound Township, where
the father died soon afterwards. The mother was again married and is still living in Mound Township. Three children
were born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Hubrich, of whom two are yet living, a son and daughter, William Julius
and Otillie Augusta Sophia. William, their first-born, died in infancy.
his marriage Mr. Hubrich engaged in the operation of a farm of two hundred acres in Summit Township, of which his
father had given him these. Having been familiar with that occupation throughout life, he made a successful agriculturist.
He served as Township Clerk of that township for three years in succession, and for several years he has been a
member of the Democratic County Central Committee. In 1888, Mr. Hubrich was a candidate for the office of Circuit
Clerk, but was defeated by a small majority. In the fall of 1892, he was elected to his present position, that
of Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Effingham County, for a term of four years. On the first Monday of the following
December, he entered upon the duties of the office, which he is now filling. In consequence of his election he
removed to Effingham, where he now makes his home.
the fall of 1867, Mr. Hubrich met with an accident while playing with a cane mill, whereby his left arm was so
crushed that it became necessary to amputate the member above the elbow. This accident, though a great misfortune,
has not materially interfered with the excellent business ability of our subject. He is a good scholar and penman,
and possesses the requisite qualification for an efficient officer in the position to which he has been chosen.
He and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and are highly respected people, who are held in warm regard
throughout the community.
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 405. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.