ECKHART WENDEROTH, a representative farmer and stock-raiser of Danvers Township, owns a tract of valuable land
on section 31, which embraces 130 acres, with a fine two-story dwelling and all necessary barns and outhouses for
the carrying on of farming and stock raising after the most approved methods. Our subject is a native of the German
Empire and was born in Hesse-Cassel, Sept. 6, 1833. He is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Wenderoth) Wenderoth, natives
of the same Province. His father was born in 1783, and in 1839 was instantly killed by a runaway team, leaving
a widow and five childrenóConrad, Henry, Elizabeth, Eckhart and Phillip. Henry and Elizabeth are now deceased.
Mr. Wenderoth remained in his native country until after his marriage. His wife was Miss Elizabeth Maurer, and their wedding took place on the 29th of January, 1869. Mrs. W. was the daughter of Samuel and Magdalena (Schwartzentruber) Maurer, and was born Feb. 29, 1834. She came to America with her parents in 1860, and they located in Bloomington. They are both now deceased, the father dying in June, 1863, at his home, and the mother in November, 1884. Their family included eight childrenóPhoebe, Christian, Peter, Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Daniel and Catharine.
Mr. and Mrs. Wenderoth have become the parents of five childrenóSamuel P., Emil D., Catharine L., Matilda P. and Arthur O. After landing upon American shores Mr. Wenderoth spent a short time in the city of Baltimore, afterward going to Ohio, thence to Indiana, where he spent one year, and finally came into McLean County, Ill. He commenced life with nothing to depend upon but his own labor, and was employed as a farm laborer for some years, in the meantime saving what he could of his earnings. In 1869 he found himself possessed of sufficient means to purchase eighty acres of land, to which he subsequently added as time progressed and his capital increased. He has done a large amount of hard work and has pursued a straightforward course through life. In his later years he is reaping a liberal reward, and is highly respected by his fellow-citizens.
Our subject, since early childhood, has been identified with the Mennonite Church, which embraced the religious faith of his parents, and Mrs. W. and two of their children. Samuel P. and Emil D., are also connected with this denomination. In politics our subject affiliates with the Democratic party, and takes an intelligent interest in whatever is for the general good of his county and 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), 555. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.