Biography - Henry Whitehouse

HENRY G. WHITEHOUSE, one of the wide-awake and enterprising young farmers of Montgomery County, residing on section 29, South Litchfield Township, was born near Mt. Olive, in Macoupin County, Ill., March 2, 1856. His parents were William H. and Justine (Nobbe) Whitehouse, the former of whom had come to America in 1843. He was then a young man in limited circumstances, but by good business ability, enterprise and perseverance, worked his way steadily upward to a position of wealth and affluence, and at his death, in 1878, left a large estate. He had made several trips to Europe, hoping to benefit his health, but at length was called to his final rest. He left nearly three thousand acres of land, besides other valuable interests. In the family were five brothers, namely: William, Gottleib, Henry, Fred and Charles, though three are now deceased. Charles is a wealthy farmer residing in this county. The brothers were all successful business men and acquired considerable property, but the father gained the largest fortune of them all. The mother of our subject is still living.
Henry G. was reared to manhood in the usual manner of farmer lads, and his education was acquired in the German and public schools. After attaining to years of maturity, he was united in marriage, in 1877, with Miss Ann, daughter of Henry Neimann, one of the substantial and representative farmers of this community. Six children grace this union, one son and five daughters, namely: Louis, Sophia, Augustina, Lena, Mary and Matilda.
Since the death of his father, Mr. Whitehouse has not only looked after his own fine farm, but has assisted his mother in the management of the estate, which has not yet been divided among the heirs. His land is well tilled and under a high state of cultivation, and the many improvements upon his place indicate the thrift and enterprise of the owner, who is numbered among the leading agriculturists of the township. He is a prominent citizen and has been honored with several local offices, having served as Highway Commissioner, School Director, and for the past ten years has been the efficient Treasurer of South Litchfield Township school funds. He is a leading and influential citizen, and has the confidence and high regard of a large circle of friends and acquaintances in this community. In political matters he is a stanch Republican.

Extracted 04 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 230-233.

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