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Henry Honscheidt
McLean County, Illinois

(Transcribed by: Amy Robbins-Tjaden)


Henry Honscheidt was born in Cologne, on the Rhine, in Germany, and there received his early education.

When he was nineteen years of age he emigrated to America, having been drawn here by the attraction of a new country and a free and generous government, and the opportunity of growing up with a new community. He was then a cabinet maker by trade. In the fall of 1854 he landed in New York City, and there worked at his trade for three years. In 1857 he started for Indiana, because of the great financial crisis of that year.

He came to Bloomington in May, 1861, and in August of the following year he enlisted to fight in the service of his adopted country. He served in the Ninety-fourth Illinois Volunteers, entering the service as a private, and being mustered out as a first lieutenant and was afterwards breveted a captain. He was at the battle of Prairie Grove, at the siege of Vicksburg, at the capture of Brownsville, Texas, and at the siege of Fort Morgan and Spanish Fort. He served under General McNulta, and at the close of the war was discharged with his regiment, after which he worked for a while at his trade.

In the fall of 1868 he was appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue. He was elected sheriff of McLean County November 5, 1872, by the Republican party, and has filled his position most acceptably. On the 5th of April, 1874, Colonel E. R. Roe, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, appointed Captain Honscheidt deputy marshal, which position he also fills with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of those with whom he has business relations.

Captain Honscheidt is a man of good muscular development, and is heavily built. Added to this is a certain genial and winning good humor, that is a part of his nature, making him personally popular with everybody who meets him. He has brought to the office of sheriff such efficiency and industry, that the interests of the county have been admirably cared for during his management of this important trust. While he has the tenderest feelings for the land of his birth, he has shown his love for the country of his adoption by fighting for three years in her service.

[The Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois (Bloomington Ill, 1874)]



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