JOHN H. SALZMAN, a native of Butler County, Ohio, became a resident of Illinois in 1875, and is now located
on a good farm in Danvers Township, on section 12. He was born July 15, 1848, and is the son of Christian and Mary
(Imhoff) Salzman, natives respectively of France and Germany. His father was born in 1811, and his mother in 1806.
Christian Salzman was a farmer by occupation and left his native land in 1831, settling in Butler County, Ohio,
and cultivating rented land until 1850. He then removed to Tippecanoe County, Ind., where he purchased eighty acres
of land and where he still resides.
Mrs. S. emigrated from Germany to the United States with a brother and sister. They located in Pennsylvania, whence Mrs. S. removed to Ohio, and was there married, in Butler County, in 1837, to the father of our subject. They became the parents of six children: Melinda, now Mrs. Christopher Haag; Mary, Mrs. Christian Ehresman; Catherine, Mrs. John B. Zook; Elizabeth, Mrs. John Ummel; Anna, Mrs. Joseph Ehresman, and John H., of our sketch. Mr. Salzman was Democratic in politics, and both parents were members in good standing of the Mennonite Church.
John H. Salzman remained on his father's farm and attended the common schools until he was twenty-one years of age. He then crossed over from Indiana to Illinois, and coming to this county, worked on a farm for one year. He was then united in marriage with Miss Magdalena Strubhar, their wedding taking place in the spring of 1870. They located on a rented farm for three years and then returned to Indiana, and our subject worked with his father for three years. He then returned to this county and rented land in Danvers Township four years, where he purchased 200 acres of his present homestead. Upon this he has made extensive improvements, all the land being now under good cultivation and well stocked with the better grade of domestic animals. The farm dwelling, barn and out-buildings are fair and substantial structures, and everything about the premises indicates the enterprising, industrious and thrifty agriculturist.
Mrs. Salzman is the daughter of Valentine and Barbara Strubhar, natives of France, the father born in 1817, and the mother in 1828. The latter was a child of two years old when she came to America. Mr. Strubhar came to this county in early youth, and located in Butler County, Ohio, where he followed farming until 1832, when he removed further westward and located in this county.
Here he was married, in 1847, to Miss Barbara Gingerich, and they became the parents of eleven children, as follows: Joseph died when a young child; Magdalena, Mrs. Salzman, was the second of the family; Mary became the wife of John Schaffer; John W. married Miss Catherine Forney; Valentine died in infancy; Peter A. married Miss Elizabeth Augsberger; Rosa became Mrs. James F. Tobias; Elizabeth A., Mrs. Jacob Ehresman; Emile; Jacobine C. and Ulysses. Mr. Strubhar died Nov. 29,1881. The mother and children are members of the Mennonite Church except Emile, and the father was also a member of the same church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Salzman have been born eight children—Sylvester, Emanuel E., Simon R., Newman A., Dora May, Ada B., Azalia M., and Lulu M.; Sylvester, Newman and Dora May are deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Salzman are members of the Mennonite Church, and Mr. Salzman is in politics a Prohibitionist.
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), 426. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.