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McLean County, Illinois
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JOHN FEAHL, a worthy and successful farmer of Allin Township, is a native of the Kingdom of Denmark, where he was born Jan. 26, 1841. His parents were Clarence and Christina (Manges) Feahl, natives of the same country as their son. They departed this life in 1859 and 1860, respectively. When twenty-three years of age, Mr. Feahl turned his face toward the New World, sailing from Bremen in 1864, and landing in New York City, whence he proceeded directly to Illinois and McLean County, locating at Danvers.

Our subject was married, Jan. 28, 1868, to Mrs. Barbara (Staker) Schertz, who was born in Butler County, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1834, of German ancestry and parentage. Her parents were John and Barbara (Engle) Staker, natives of Germany, who emigrated to the United States in 1826, and located in Butler County, Ohio, where the father died in 1862, and the mother, July 11,1886. Their children were five in number, all daughters: Elizabeth married Jacob Ehresman; Barbara of our sketch was the second; Annie is now Mrs. Peter Smith; Magdalena, Mrs. Jacob Reidell, and Catherine, Mrs. William Miller.

Mr. Feahl learned the trade of plastering and bricklaying in his native country, in which he became an expert, and followed his trade for some years there. He purchased, in 1878, eighty acres of land, which constitutes his present homestead. Upon this he has a handsome and substantial residence, with a good barn and all necessary outbuildings. In addition to general agriculture he is engaged in the breeding of Norman horses, the name of his stallion being Robert Prince Imperial, who is six years old and weighs 1,850 pounds. This is a fine animal in all respects and a model of strength and beauty. He has also several fine broods of mares, and his operations in this department of business yield him a handsome income.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Feahl are two in number Elizabeth B., Mrs. E. McReynolds, and Annie A., born March 21, 1874. Mrs. Feahl by her first marriage became the mother of five children, as follows: John E. married Miss Barbara Reser; Mary E. is single and resides with her parents; William H. married Mary J. Small, and Joseph A. married Annie E. Nebb. Mrs. F. belongs to the Mennonite Church and our subject to the Lutheran. Mr. F. is Democratic in politics, and in all respects is a law-abiding and worthy citizen.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 600. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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