MATTHIAS SUTTER, a representative German farmer of Blue Mound Township, has been a citizen of the United States since the spring of 1854, emigrating here with his parents when he was thirty-three years of age. He was born in Germany, Sept. 7, 1821, where he was reared to farming pursuits. In accordance with the laws and customs of his native country he was placed in school at an early age, and received a thorough German education and afterward served in the army for a period of twelve years. After landing upon American shores he proceeded at once to Albany, N. Y., where he lived three months and then started for the West. Coming into Illinois he located in McLean County, and for five years following was employed in the lumber yards of the C. & A. R. R. at Bloomington. He then took up his abode on a small farm adjoining the city limits, where he lived until the spring of 1868, then removed with his family to Blue Mound Township, settling upon section 19, which has since been his home. He possesses the substantial and industrious qualities of his nationality and has been greatly prospered in his business and forming transactions. He is now the owner of 312 acres of valuable land, with good stock and a substantial set of frame buildings.

Mr. Sutter was married in Bloomington on the 2d of February, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Baldishfield, a native of Germany, born Sept. 10, 1833. Of this union there were eight children: Samuel, the eldest, married Miss Otillie Zable and resides in Blue Mound Township; Joseph, Henry, Edward and William; and threeóLouisa, Mary and Frankódeceased. Our subject and his wife are stanch adherents of the Catholic Church, and politically Mr. Sutter casts his vote with the Republican party.

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), 603. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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