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CHRISTIAN W. KINZINGER


CHRISTIAN W. KINZINGER, a gentleman in the prime of life, owns and occupies a fine farm of 160 acres in Danvers Township, on section 2. He has a fine dwelling and good barn, and all necessary out-buildings and appliances for the carrying on of agriculture in a first-class manner. The subject of this history is a native of the Prairie State, having been born in Woodford County, in 1846. His parents were Michael and Magdalena (Nafziger) Kinzinger. They were natives of Germany and came to this country in an early day, locating in Butler County, Ohio, where Michael K. followed the business of a distiller. He was married in about 1845 to the mother of our subject, and coming to Illinois they located in Woodford County. Here the father rented land the first year and in 1848 entered eighty acres, to which he soon afterward added 100 more. He was prospered in his farming and business transactions and is still living and in good health. He and his excellent wife became the parents of twelve children, as follows: Catherine became the wife of Joseph Fry; Peter married Miss Nafziger; Daniel married Miss Mary Schick; Jacob married Miss Lena Kerr; Christian W, of our sketch was the fifth child; Barbara became Mrs. David Zook, and Magdalena, Mrs. Jacob Gunda; Anna became the wife of Peter Strautz; Jacobina B. married Joseph Strubhar; Caroline became the wife of George Kirckler; Killian and August were the two youngest and are living in Woodford County, Ill. Both parents have been members of the Mennonite Church for many years. Mr. K. was a Democrat until the administration of Buchanan when he left the party, casting his first Republican vote for John C. Fremont, and has affiliated with that party since that time. The mother of our subject was the daughter of Peter and Barbara (Beck) Naffziger, who became the parents of the following children: Barbara, Magdalena, Phebe, Catherine, Jacob, Peter and Valentine.

Christian W. Kinzinger remained with his father on the farm, attending the common schools and assisting in the labors of the homestead until he reached his majority. He was married, Jan. 10, 1871, to Miss Magdalena Strubhar. After his marriage he cultivated rented land for five years, and then purchased the land which he had worked and which constitutes his present homestead. It is all under a good state of cultivation with ten acres of choice timber. Of late years he has been giving considerable attention to the raising of fine stock, including horses, cattle and hogs. He makes a specialty of roadsters and has some fine specimens of Norman and Clydesdales.

Mr. and Mrs. K. have become the parents of three children: Edward, born in 1872; Ophelia in 1873, and Urvina in 1876. Both parents are members of the Mennonite Church, and politically our subject is a straight Republican. He has held the office of Road Commissioner two terms and was elected a School Director three successive years. He is in all respects a representative citizen, and is contributing his full share toward the growth and prosperity of his 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), 571. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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