Owning and occupying a nice farm and a pleasant rural home on section 16, Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, not far distant from the little town of Danway, is found the subject of this review, Lorenzo Hayer.
Mr. Hayer was born and reared in the township in which he lives, the date of his birth being July 14, 1853, and is a son of Norwegian parents. Hans Hayer, his father, was born in Norway, July 28, 1822, and in his early manhood came to America, settling first in Rock county, Wisconsin, in 1842, where he remained two years, until 1844. That year he came to Illinois and took up his abode in LaSalle county. Here, in the year 1849, he was married to Miss Sarah Elefson, who was born January 13, 1831. They lived on a farm in LaSalle county until 1885, and reared their family here. Since 1894 they have been residents of Iowa. They are the parents of five children, four daughters and a son, viz.: Lorenzo; Julia, wife of M. J. Danielson, of Lamoni, Iowa; Ellen; Sarah, wife of W. E. Hougas, of Iowa; and Carrie.
Lorenzo Hayer was reared to farm life and has never been engaged in any other business. His present farm on section 16, above referred to, comprises one hundred and forty acres. It has a good residence and other farm buildings and is among the desirable farms of the locality.
Mr. Hayer was married March 17, 1881, to Miss Bertha Danielson, at Earlville, this county. Mrs. Hayer is a daughter of Christopher and Ann Danielson, early settlers of LaSalle county. Their family comprises nine children, namely: M. J., D. C., Bertha, O. M., Ida, E. A., D. N., Mary Gaard and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Hayer have four children - Minnie E., Lida, Andentia and Vernie.
Mr. Hayer is a Republican, and is now serving his district as school trustee. He and his family are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 338-339.