Christian Haeberle is one of the well and favorably known citizens of Ottawa, LaSalle county, of which town he is a native, his birth having occurred here February 24, 1861. He is a son of Christian Haeberle, Sr., who was born in Wittenberg, Germany, and came to the United States at an early day. For many years he was numbered among the substantial business men of Ottawa, his sterling qualities winning the respect of all who were in any manner associated with him. He married Miss Paulina Heffemer, and to their union two sons and a daughter were born, namely: John, now a resident of Broken Bow, Nebraska; Christian, Jr.; and Carrie, who is the wife of J. Formhalls, of this place. The husband and father, who was an esteemed member of the Odd Fellows society, died at the age of forty-nine years, and was buried with the rites of that honored order.
Christian Haeberle, Jr., was reared in Ottawa, and received his education in the public schools of the place. In 1893 he became the proprietor and assumed the management of the Washington Hotel, at No. 219 Main street, and has met with gratifying success in his efforts. The hotel, which is one of the most popular in the county, was established by the father of our subject, who was experienced in this line of business, and safely launched the new undertaking, always a doubtful experiment in any town or city. Long since it had won its way into the favor of the public, and its high standard has been maintained until the present time. The building is spacious, light and well ventilated, every arrangement being made for the comfort and convenience of guests. An air of neatness and homelikeness pervades the place, and the personal attention of the proprietor is constantly given to the supervision of every detail.
In his political attitude Mr. Haeberle is quite independent, not being affiliated with any party, and reserving the right of unrestrained judgment as to the nominee or principle which shall receive the support of his ballot. Fraternally he belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He finds an able and willing assistant in the management of his hotel in the person of his wife, a lady of good education and general attainments. She was formerly Miss Katherine Flagaus, and was married to Mr. Haeberle in 1893. A native of Ottawa, she has spent her entire life here, and numbers many friends in the community. The only child of our subject and wife is a little daughter, Ola, who is a great favorite with the guests of the hotel.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 112-113.