CHRISTIAN UMMEL, a resident of Danvers, and an extensive importer of fine horses, is widely and favorably known
throughout this section. He is a native of Switzerland, born in the Canton of Neuchatel, Jan. 22, 1852, being the
son of John and Mary A. (Slatter) Ummel, the father a native of Switzerland, born Feb. 7, 1801, and the mother
of France, born June 13, 1811. John Ummel was a farmer and stock-raiser, and spent his entire life in his native
land, dying there June 28, 1877. The decease of the mother had occurred previously, June 13, 1869. The parental
household included nine children, as follows: Mary A., Mrs. Christian Ranseyer; Anna, Mrs. John Ranseyer; Rosina,
Mrs. Abraham Kohler; Elizabeth, Mrs. Phillip Kohler; Susan, Mrs. David Ummel; David, who married Anna Kohler, and
John, who married Elizabeth Saltzman; Henry for his first wife married Miss Anna Ummel, who died, and he was again
married, to Miss Louise Nussel; he still lives in Switzerland; Christian, of our sketch, was the youngest of the
family. The parents were connected with the Mennonite Church, and were most worthy and excellent people, and greatly
respected by all who knew them.
Christian Ummel was reared to manhood in his native land, and after reaching his majority, set sail for America in 1870. He landed in New Orleans, and from there went to Butler County, Ohio, where he was employed on a farm by the month for three years following. He then came to Illinois, rented land in this county, and commenced farming on his own account. In 1875 he was married to Miss Lydia Kohler, and they became the parents of one child, which died when but seven months old. This lady was the daughter of Christian and Susanna Kohler, natives of Switzerland. She departed this life Nov. 22, 1878, having died of consumption, and her remains were laid to rest in Imhoff Cemetery. She was a lady highly esteemed for her excellent qualities of mind and heart. She was an affectionate wife and a kind mother, and her name is held in kindly remembrance by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The second wife of our subject, to whom he was married in 1883, was Miss Catherine, the daughter of John and Barbara (Slatter) Slanaker, natives respectively of France and Switzerland. The father was born April 19, 1809, and the mother May 22, 1810. They were married in Butler County, Ohio, in 1833, each having come to this country early in life, the father in 1824. Their six children were, Mary, Louisa, Barbara, Catherine, John and Joseph.
After his marriage Mr. Ummel continued farming until 1884, when he removed into the village of Danvers, having purchased there a good residence which made a pleasant and convenient home for his family. He is dealing principally in Norman stock, and has two especially fine animals, besides a black Norman which he prizes very highly, and is considered by those well posted, one of the finest that has ever been imported into this country. Mr. Ummel, formerly Republican, is now independent in politics.
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), 538. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.