Lee County Biography

George Stenger
Sublette Twp.


George Stenger is one of the substantial and highly respected citizens of Sublette Township, where he is engaged in farming. He is a native of Bavaria, Germany, and was born near Frankfort April 23, 1825, his parents being .John A. and Agnes Stenger. The latter died in Germany in 1834. She was the mother of eight children, of whom only two grew to maturity, our subject and his sister Agnes. Agnes came to the United States, married Michael Shilling, and died in Peoria, Ill. The father of our subject had one son by a former marriage, Frank, who died in Peoria. By a third marriage he had a son named John, who now resides in Utah.

The father of our subject came to this country in 1836, landed at Baltimore, and from there made his way to Zanesville, Ohio, where he at once took legal steps to become a citizen of the United States so as to share in the defense as well as in the pro­tection of his chosen country. In 1838 he returned to Germany to receive some money which he had inherited, and after he came back to America he continued to live in Ohio until 1841, when he came to Illinois and settled in Woodford County, I where he died the following year, thus depriving that section of the services of a loyal citizen in its upbuilding.

He of whom this biography is written was a stalwart lad of eleven years when he crossed the ocean with his father in 1836 to become a citizen of the United States of America in due time. His father's death a few years later left him almost alone in the world, and thus early thrown on his own resources be sought and found work as a farm hand, He was thus engaged in Woodford, Peoria and McLean Counties until 1845, when he went to Princeton and for five years was engaged in a brickyard. He saved his earnings, and in 1851 was enabled to purchase eighty acres of land and estab­ lish himself in the manufacture of brick, which business he carried on successfully the ensuing seven years. In 1858 he purchased his present farm on section 28, Sublette Township. It was then merely a tract of wild prairie, and though he made some improvements on it, he did not then locate there, not moving his family to their new home until 1860. He has erected neat buildings, has had his land under the best of tillage and amply supplied with good farming machinery and conveniences for carrying on agriculture. Mr. Stenger and Miss Elizabeth Gosse were united in marriage in 1851, and five children have blessed their wedded life, named as follows: Andrew, Elizabeth J., Mary, Joseph and Frank. Mrs. Stenger was born April 19, 1825, in Alsace, Germany, when it was under French dominion. In 1831 she came to this country with her parents, Frank and Mary Gosse, who first settled near Detroit, Mich., and later removed to Princeton, where Mrs. Stenger first met her future husband.

In our subject the Democratic party has a faithful follower. In religion he is a firm adherent of the Roman Catholie Church. He has been School Director and has done what he can for his educational interests of his adopted township, as well as in other matters, and is one of the public-spirited men of his community.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 221

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