ANDREW J. SPRINGER, one of the intelligent and progressive farmers of Allin Township, is a native of the Buckeye
State, having been born in Butler County, Ohio, 22, 1836. His parents were Christian and Magdalena (Engel) Springer,
natives of France, the father born Sept. 18, 1792, and the mother Feb. 4, 1798. Christian Springer was a miller
by trade, and with four other brothers, served under Napoleon in the War of 1812, in his native country, for a
period of four years and then deserted, for the third time, finally coming to the United States.
He arrived here on the 12th of June, 1830, and landed at New Orleans, whence he proceeded to Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio, There he followed farming upon ninety-four acres of land of which he became the owner and occupied this farm until November, 1854. He then removed to this State and county, settling in Danvers, where he lived two years. He then purchased 600 acres of land, upon which he farmed until within a few years of his death, which occurred Oct. 3, 1879. The mother died Sept. 13, 1870.
The parents of our subject were married in France on Christmas Day, 1822. Their children were ten in number and recorded as follows: Catherine died in France in infancy; Joseph E. married Miss Reiser, and lives in Stanford; Peter D. married Miss Brenaman; Christian W. married Miss Stalter; Magdalena became the wife of Mr. Nicholas Reiser; John married Miss Sherbine; Andrew J, of our sketch was the sixth child; Catherine became the wife of Mr. Peter Schurtz; Mary, the wife of Mr. David Habecker; George died in Ohio. The parents were members of the Mennonite Church.
Andrew Springer received a fair education in the common schools and lived with his parents until he had attained his majority. He was then married, July 22, 1875, to Miss Eliza Slaughbough, and then purchased eighty acres of land in Allin Township.
His present homestead consists of 146 acres, all finely cultivated and improved. The children of our subject and his wife, six in number, were William E., Daniel A., John Q. (died Feb. 22, 1887), Mary M., Anna A. and Lucrella; the latter died March 9, 1883.
Mrs. Springer is the daughter of Daniel and Mary Slaughbough, natives respectively of Maryland and Germany. Her father was born in 1827, and her mother in 1822. They were married in 1849, and became the parents of six children—Eliza, John, Catherine, Mary, Anna and Susan. Mr. and Mrs. Slaughbough live in Danvers Township and are members of the Mennonite Church. Mr. Springer is Democratic in politics, a temperate and law-abiding citizen and a worthy member of the community.
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), 331. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.