One of the most prominent members of the bar in LaSalle county, Illinois, is Frederick E. Hoberg, who resides in Peru, where he was born December 29, 1862. His parents were August William and Justine (Schlingmann) Hoberg, both natives of Prussia. Their marriage was solemnized in this country, the maiden having preceded her betrothed here by two years. He landed in America on the day that saw Franklin Pierce elected to the office of president. He came to Peru, where he was married, in 1853, and with the possible exception of two years has resided in LaSalle county ever since. Some fifteen years ago they moved to Peru, where they are spending their declining years. Five of the ten children born to them are living at this time. They have been adherents of the Lutheran faith for many years. The father has been a mechanic and is well known throughout the county. He is a Democrat and for six years has filled the office of alderman of Peru.
When Frederick E. Hoberg was a child his parents moved to Tonica, where they resided until he was fifteen, returning then, in 1878, to his native city. His education was received in the public schools, and at the age of fifteen he left school to accept a clerkship in a dry-goods store in Peru. He remained with this concern seven years, but his whole ambition was to enter the profession of law, and for this purpose he left his place as clerk to enter the law office of H. M. Gallagher, of Peru, to study under hini. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and began practicing in Peru the same year. It is said to be one of the most difficult things for a young man to enter upon any profession in his native city and make of it a success, that in order to obtain the smiles of the fickle goddess of fortune it is necessary to start where you are a comparative stranger; yet young Hoberg settled down amidst the people who had known him from childhood, and here proved the fallacy of the adage. His success was assured from the start, and for nine years he represented the city as attorney, in a manner that showed a thorough knowledge of the requirements of the office. A Democrat, he has been active in the work of helping that party to success, and has been called to fill a number of municipal offices in recognition of the fact that he ever holds the welfare of the community as of paramount importance. He has been town and city clerk, a supervisor, and a member of the board of education, and in discharging" the duties incumbent upon him has shown that the public confidence has not been misplaced. He is a Knight Templar and also a Modern Woodman of America. In 1889 he was married to Miss Annie R. Knapp. of Peru, a most estimable lady. Five children have been born to them, one of whom is deceased.
Extracted 26 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 2, pages 454-455.