WILLIAM KERBER, an enterprising German citizen of Blue Mound Township, owns 320 acres of valuable land on section 30, and as a successful farmer and stock-raiser is contributing his full quota toward the agricultural interests of this section. He was born in Germany, Feb. 27, 1828, and is the son of Jacob and Mary Kerber, natives respectively of France and Germany. Both died in the latter country, after becoming the parents of thirteen children.

Mr. Kerber of this history pursued his studies several years in the common schools of his native country, and then entered the Prussian army, where he served three years. He afterward engaged in farming pursuits in his native Province, where he lived until 1854, and then set sail for the United States. He spent his first winter here in Wisconsin, then came to Illinois, making his home in Bloomington about eight years, and working at whatever his hands could find to do. In 1867 he purchased forty acres of land on section 20, Blue Mound Township. This he afterward sold and made a purchase on section 30, which comprises a part of his present farm. Here he has made good improvements and brought the land to a high state of cultivation. By his upright and straightforward business methods and promptness in meeting his obligations, he has secured the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens, and has occupied an important place in their counsels. He is Democratic in politics, and has served as Commissioner of Highways. Both Mr. and Mrs. K. are firm adherents of the Catholic Church.

After living two and one-half years in this country, Mr. Kerber returned to the land of his birth and visited for six months among his old friends and acquaintances. Upon the return voyage he formed the acquaintance of Miss Elizabeth Lorig, a native of his own country. The acquaintance ripened into mutual esteem, and on the 14th of March, 1857, they became husband and wife. Mrs. K. was born in Germany, March 5, 1839, and of her union with our subject there were born fourteen children, two of whom are deceased. Those surviving are Nicholas, John, William, Mathias, Mary, Michael, Frederick, Peter, Henry, Anna, Elizabeth and Clara. Nicholas married Miss Annie Hutter, and resides in Blue Mound Township; John married Miss Hoffman, and lives on a farm in Anchor Township; William married Miss Mary Slitter, and Mary became the wife of Joseph Sutter. These reside in Blue Mound Township.

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), 641. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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