Portrait 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. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

L. J. WALLICH, the present editor and proprietor of the Altamont News, claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity. He was born in Franklin County on the 20th of February, 1828, and when a lad of eight summers removed with his parents to Richland County, Ohio. This was in 1836. The family located upon a farm in the Buckeye State, and in the usual manner of farmer lads our subject spent his youth.    

            During the winter season he attended the common schools, where he acquired his education, and in the summer months he aided in the labors of the farm. After eleven years spent in
Ohio, the family again made a journey Westward. On the 27th of June, 1847, they started for Illinois, and located in Knoxville, where our subject pursued a full course of study under the direction of Prof. I. S. Lemmon. The city of Galesburg was not then incorporated, and in that city was located the first school of note in Knox County.

            In February, 1851, Mr. Wallich went to Morgan County, Ill., and engaged in teaching school until the following September. In the meantime, on the 4th of May, 1851, he married Miss Christiana Long, and in September removed to Knoxville, where he engaged in carpenter work. In a few years he had gained an excellent reputation in his business and had become a prominent contractor, often employing as many as twenty-five workmen, but unfortunately he was overcome with the heat in the summer of 1867, and this so prostrated him that he was unable to work for some time. After two years of intense suffering, he and his wife removed to Arenzville, Cass County, Ill., and he engaged in teaching school in June, 1869. After a few years he opened a small furniture store, and in 1874 embarked in newspaper work. Ten years later he established the Arenzville Advance, the first paper established in that place. It was a successful enterprise, but he later contracted for the Altamont News, of which he took charge August 2, 1885. The patronage was then very small, and the advertisers could be counted on the fingers of one hand. The town numbered six hundred and fifty inhabitants, and did a business of about $50,000 per year. Owing to the business ability and enterprise of Mr. Wallich, the News has now a good circulation and is crowded with advertisements. The village has a population of sixteen hundred and fifty, and its business amounts to $1,500,000 annually. It is the only place of its size in the State where the inhabitants have no village taxes to pay, and at this date, May 5, 1893, it has no outstanding debts and has $3,500 in the treasury.

            Mr. Wallich has held a number of public offices of honor and trust. He was elected Sunday-school Superintendent when he was only seventeen years of age, and has filled that position for almost a quarter of a century. He formerly belonged to several secret societies, but now holds membership with only the Ancient Order of United Workmen. At this writing, Mr. Wallich is sixty-five years of age, and his health is now better than it was at any time between the years 1867 and 1886. He is recognized as one of the valuable and prominent citizens of Altamont, and is held in the highest esteem by his fellow-townsmen. He uses the News for the benefit of the community, and under his guidance that paper has played an important part in bringing to a successful issue many important questions and interests which have been up before the people.

 

Portrait 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. 203. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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