HERMAN STREMSTERFER. - Among the native sons of Sangamon county is numbered Herman Stremsterfer, who is living on section 8, Springfield township, where his attention is given to general farming and stock-raising, for he there owns and operates eighty acres of land. He was born December 19, 1866, and is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of German origin living in this locality. The days of his boyhood and youth were quietly passed in a manner not unusual to that of most farmer boys of the period. He worked in field and meadow through the months of summer, and when winter came on he would attend the public schools of the neighborhood. He assisted in carrying on the home farm until he had reached man's estate, and afterward operated rented land for three years. On the expiration of that period he removed into the city of Springfield, where for a few years he worked at any employment which he could secure and then, with the capital which he had gained through his industry and economy, he purchased the farm upon which he is now living, a well-improved tract of land of eighty acres, of which he has been the owner since January, 1900. He rents other land and is today one of the successful agriculturists of the county, having extensive and important farming and stock-raising interests. Long experience in these lines of business has made Mr. Stremsterfer extremely capable in his work, and in carrying on his farm he follows progressive methods, uses the latest improved machinery and does everything that will facilitate his labors and render his efforts more effective in gaining a comfortable competence.
On the 27th of May, 1896, in Sangamon county, Mr. Stremsterfer was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Louderbach, a native of Springfield, Illinois, reared and educated there. They now have one son, Herman Lee. In his political views our subject is an earnest Democrat and case his first presidential vote for Grover Cleveland and his last for William J. Bryan, but he has never sought or held office, preferring to give his time and labors to his business affairs. He and his wife are members of the German Lutheran church of Springfield and they have many friends in the city and surrounding country where they have always lived, therefore witnessing the development and progress of this portion of the state. Our subject is known as a man of honorable dealing and inflexible integrity, of loyalty in citizenship and of genial and unaffected manner, and wherever he has gone he has won the high regard of those with whom he has been associated.
It will be interesting in this connection to know something of Mr. Stremsterfer's parents. His father, John Stremsterfer, was a native of Germany, born about 1833, and there he was reared, coming when a young man to the new world. He sought a home in Springfield township, Sangamon county, Illinois, and was married here to Margaret Keffner, who was likewise a native of the fatherland, crossing the Atlantic to the United States when a young lady. The father of our subject purchased a farm not farm from Springfield, and there he carried on the work of tilling the soil until his death, which occurred about 1878. His wife long survived him and passed away on the 4th of November, 1887. In the family were two sons and a daughter: George S., who is a farmer of Sangamon county; Herman, of this review; and Anna, the wife of Charles Klor, who is represented on another page of this volume.