LaSalle County

Biography - ADOLPH F. HERZIG

Adolph F. Herzig, foreman in the machinists' department of the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Works, LaSalle, is, like many of the employes of that establishment, a native of Oberhausen, Germany, born September 3, 1858, a son of Adolph and Mary (Kottenbach) Herzig, and one of a family of four children, whose names in order of birth are as follows: Adolph F.; Otto, a machinist of Chicago; Ida, married and living in Chicago; and Ewald, also a machinist of Chicago.

Adolph F. was reared in his native land, receiving there the rudiments of an education and learning the trade of machinist. For a time he was employed in a large steel works and later in the shipyard at Wilhelm's Haven. When a young man he left Germany, in order to avoid the army service required by law in that country, and came to America, landing in Baltimore, Maryland, February 22, 1879. From that city he immediately came west to Missouri and secured employment on a cattle ranch near Kansas City. He landed in this country without means and with but little education, knowing not a word of English, but during the year he spent in Missouri he learned to speak English and has since learned to read and write it; and while his advantages for schooling were limited he has in the broad school of experience picked up a fund of useful information.

Mr. Herzig's brother Otto came to the United States in 1880 and secured employment in the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Works in LaSalle, Illinois, and the same year Adolph F. joined him here and also entered the employ of this concern. Working together and saving their money, the brothers soon accumulated money enough to send for their parents, which they did in 1881. They came and settled in LaSalle, but soon afterward removed to Chicago and there the father died, in 1885, at the age of fifty-three years. The mother then returned to LaSalle, where she now resides.

Adolph F. Herzig has been continuously in the employ of the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company since he came here with the exception of two years, 1885 to 1887, during which time he ran a machine shop of his own in LaSalle. At the end of the two years, on resuming work with the company, he was made foreman, which position he has since filled. He has an excellent reputation both as a skilled machinist and as a trusted employe, and it may be added that his success in life is due to his own efforts.

October 18, 1881, Mr. Herzig married Miss Kunigunda Seiwerth, of German birth and a native of his own town, and they have six children, viz.: Helena, Jacob, William, Adela, Adolph and Ferdinand.

The family belong to the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Herzig is a pronounced Republican in politics.

Extracted 18 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 518-519.

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