CHRISTIAN STRUBHAR, who is pleasantly located on Danvers Township, on section 3, is one of the representative farmers of this section who is meeting with success and contributing his share to the agricultural interests of this county. Mr. S. is a native of the township where he is now living, and was born June 13, 1844. He is the son of John and Anna (Schertz) Strubhar, natives of Alsace Lorraine when it was a Province of France. The father operated a farm in his native country until 1833, then emigrated to America and located in Butler County, Ohio, where he engaged in distilling for about six years. In 1839, after having come to this county, he was married to Miss Anna Schertz. The parents of Mrs. S. came here from New Orleans. After marriage John Strubhar purchased eighty acres of land, to which he afterward added 650 acres, and in due time became proprietor of one of the finest farms in this section of the country. Upon the homestead which he had thus established, he remained until his death, which occurred Jan. 17, 1884, when he was over seventy-five years of age, being born in 1809. The mother, born in 1820, is still living. Their ten children were: Mary; Christian, of our sketch; Anna; Magdalena, who became the wife of C. W. Kinzinger, and they reside in Danvers Township; Barbara married Peter Risser, and they live in Danvers; Catherine married C. R. Stuckey, and they live in the village of Danvers; Maggie, Phebe, and Peter, who is making his home with his mother. Maggie, Phebe and Mary are deceased. The parents were members of the Mennonite Church; the father was a Democrat until 1856, when he changed his views and identified himself with the Republican party.

The subject of our sketch was reared on his father's farm and received a good education in the common schools. He remained under the parental roof until twenty-one years old, and was then married to Miss Magdalena Ehrisman. Their wedding occurred in this county, Feb. 22, 1865. After marriage Mr. S. cultivated a part of his father's farm, and in 1877 became the owner of eighty acres, and has added to his homestead until it now consists of 200 acres, and is finely improved, with a handsome and substantial dwelling, a good barn, and all necessary out-buildings. Everything about the premises is neat and orderly and indicates the supervision of an intelligent and enterprising man. In connection with his farm Mr. S. owns and operates a large sawmill which, in the sawing of lumber for his own use, proves a saving of hundreds of dollars during the year and in sawing for his neighbors yields him a considerable income.

The wife of our subject was born in Danvers Township, McLean County, Jan. 22, 1845, being the daughter of Christian and Fannie (Barrett) Ehrisman, natives of Wurtemberg, Germany. They came to this country about 1836; the family consisted of nine children—Magdalena, Joseph, Barbara, Catherine, Susan, Lydia, Samuel, Jacob and Benjamin; the latter died in 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Strubhar have three children—Lydia, Samuel and Louis A., all at home with their parents. Both parents are members of the Mennonite Church, and our subject in politics is strongly Republican.

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 and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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