HERMAN VOGELSANG. - Coming to this country at the age of fifteen years Herman Vogelsang afterward dependent upon his own resources worked his way upward from a humble financial position to success. he became one of the well known carpenters, millwrights and architects of Springfield, in which city he took up his abode in 1865. His business career, characterized by activity and straightforward dealing, gained him the respect and confidence of his fellow men and his death in consequence occasioned deep regret among his many friends.
Mr. Vogelsang was a native of Prussia, Germany, born on the 19th of April, 1838, his parents being Gustave and Lottie Vogelsang, who were also natives of Germany. The father was a cooper by trade and followed that pursuit in his native country during the greater part of his life. Both he and his wife passed away in Germany.
Herman Vogelsang obtained a good education in the public schools of his native land and after coming to America took up the study of English an devoted his evening hours to the master of the language of the United States. As a lad he assisted his father in the cooper shop until he obtained good mechanical ability. When he was fifteen years of age he crossed the Atlantic to America with his father, who came to this country on a visit. The father afterward returned to Germany, but Mr. Vogelsang remained and settled in San Marcus, Texas, where he now has a brother living. He assisted the farmers of that locality in building their houses and in that way learned the carpenter's tradce. He afterward carried on agricultural pursuits in Texas for some time, but subsequently resumed carpentering and followed the business until after the outbreak of the Civil war, when he enlisted for service in the southern army. he was taken prisoner by General McClernand and was sent to Camp Butler, where he remained until shortly before the assassination of President Lincoln. About the time of the close of the war he was liberated.
Mr. Vogelsang then came to Sangamon county, settling in the village of Pleasant Plains, where he engaged in farming for a few months. He then removed to Springfield, where he worked at his trade. He continued to engage in carpentering for some time and erected most of the coal shafts near Springfield. He also worked in the Reisch Brothers brewery, doing millwright work, but gave his attention principally to carpentering and was employed on the construction of many of the fine residences in Springfield, including the homes of Mr. Brinkerhoff and John Bressmer.
In May, 1867, Mr. Vogelsang was married to Miss Gertrude Polmyer, a native of Germany, born on tghe 20th of April, 1843, and a daughter of Christopher and Teresa (Smith) Polmyer, who were also natives of Germany and removed to America in 1857, settling in St. Louis, Missouri, where they remained for four years. in 1861 they came to Springfield and Mr. Polmyer engaged in the manufacture of brick, conducting that enterprise until about ten years prior to his death, when on account of ill health he retired. he died here at the age of sixty-eight years and his wife passed away at the age of eighty-two years and six months. Eight children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Vogelsang. Charles C., a watchmaker by trade, is now employed in the largest retail jewelry store in Springfield and makes his home with his mother. Teresa M. is the wife of Edward Trutter and resides with her father-in-law. Joseph H. is deceased. Henry P. married Emma Larson and is now a member of the Springfield police force. August died in infancy. Anna M. is the wife of Julius Clavadetscher, an interior decorator of Springfield. William J. is a carriage painter, living with his mother. Albert F. also resides at hom and is employed in the Springfield watch factory.
In his political affiliations Mr. Vogelsang took quite an active interest, giving his allegiance to the Democracy, while his social relations were with the Ancient Order of United Workmen; with the Modern Woodmen of America; and the Knights of the Maccabees. In 1901 he was taken ill and never recovered his health. He passed away October 8, 1902, respected by all who knew him. Not long after his marriage he built the brick residence which is now occupied by his widow at No. 407 West Miller street and by reason of his well directed efforts and untiring activity he became the possessor of property and thus left his family in very comfortable circumstances. In addition to her home Mrs. Vogelsang now owns a block of building lots on West Miller street. Like her husband she has many friends an dis well known in Springfield, where she has long resided.