PETER D. SPRINGER, is a native of the Province of Alsace Lorraine, and emigrated from his native country with
his parents when a child of four years old, and became a resident of the Prairie State in 1854. He was born Sept.
5, 1826, being the son of Christian and Magdalena (Engle) Springer, a sketch of whom will be found in the biography
of Andrew J. Springer in another part of this work.
The subject of this history remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority, in the meantime receiving a fair education in the common schools, and being trained to habits of industry and economy. Nov. 13, 1856, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Elisa Brenaman, in Tazewell County, Ill. The young couple soon afterward removed to the farm of Mr. S., which he had purchased before his marriage, and upon which they still reside, and which consists of 390 acres of valuable land. Our subject erected a fine dwelling, two stories in height, and covering an area of 20x34 feet, with an L 18x16. His barns and out-buildings correspond with the residence, and the whole premises indicate the supervision of a thorough-going and progressive farmer. Mr. Springer makes a specialty of raising Poland-China hogs, of which he has one of the finest herds in Allin Township. He has been prominently identified with the affairs of this section since coming here, and takes a genuine interest in the welfare of his adopted country. He has been Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Highways, Town Clerk, School Trustee, School Director, and in each position has acquitted himself with great credit. Socially he belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has been Senior Warden and Treasurer for a number of years.
Mrs. Springer is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (lutze) Brenaman, who were natives of Germany, and spent their entire lives in their native country. Their thirteen children were named as follows: Jacob, Mary, Elisa, Joseph, Allen, Anna, William, Eunice, Edward, Phebe and Christian. Two died in infancy unnamed. Both parents were members of the Mennonite Church.
The six children of Mr. and Mrs. Springer were Amelia P., who died Oct. 17, 1857; Mary E.; Edward D., who died March 12, 1872; Emma A.; George B., who died May 5, 1867, and William H. In politics Mr. S. affiliates with the Democrats.
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), 609. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.