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Charles Rohrer, who is engaged in general farming and stock-raising on section 9, Northville township, LaSalle county, has throughout his life been connected with the agricultural interests of this community. He was born on section 8 of this township, his parents being Louis and Lib (Smith) Rohrer. His father, now a resident of Sandwich, Illinois, was for many years a prominent citizen of Northville township. He was born in Alsace, Germany, January 6, 1837, and in 1845 came to America with his parents, Joseph and Mary Ann (Harter) Rohrer, who located on the farm now occupied by the subject of this review, Charles Rohrer. There Joseph Rohrer carried on agricultural pursuits until his death, in 1858. He was the father of six children: John B., Rosalie, Louis, Celestia, Constantine and one now deceased. On the 4th of July, 1857, Louis Rohrer was married to a daughter of Frederick and Amelia (Foster) Smith, who had seven children. Her parents came to LaSalle county in 1834. Her father was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, August 6, 1810, and was one of the honored pioneer settlers of this county. By the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Rohrer ten children were born, namely: Annie, Charles E., William J., Clara E., Frederick, Matilda J., Herbert C., Elizabeth, who died at the age of fifteen years, and two who died in early childhood. Mr. Rohrer, while residing in Northville township, held several offices, including those of highway commissioner and supervisor. He finally removed to Sandwich and is now an esteemed resident of that city.

Charles Rohrer, whose birth occurred March 3, 1861, was reared on the homestead farm and early trained to the duties of farm life, assisting in caring for the stock, in tilling the fields and harvesting the crops in the late autumn. He attended the district schools through the winter after crops were all gathered, and gained a good practical English education. After attaining his majority he began farming on his own account, and has made it his life work. The waving fields of grain indicate his energy and diligence, and in addition to the cultivation of the various cereals adapted to this climate he raises considerable stock, and in both branches of his business is meeting with good success.

On the 3d of September, 1885, Mr. Rohrer was united in marriage to Miss Adaline Bernard, a daughter of David Bernard, and their union has been blessed with seven children, namely: Edna, Louis, Lillie, Joann, David, and Edwin F. and Emma, twins, born October 27, 1899.

In his political affiliations Mr. Rohrer is a Democrat, but has never been an office-seeker, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business interests, in which he is meeting with a well merited prosperity. His life has been a quiet and uneventful one, but one true to all manly principles, and his native county numbers him among its valued citizens.

Extracted 26 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 2, pages 455-456.

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