George Windisch is a successful farmer, operating one hundred and fifty acres of land in Weller township, which he leases. He is a native of Des Moines, Iowa, born January 30, 1864, of the marriage of John and Anna (Anderson) Windisch, the former a native of Germany, and the latter of Des Moines. The father now makes his home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the mother passed away many years ago, her death occurring in Des Moines in 1869. George Windisch, bereft of a mother's love and care when but five years of age, was reared in the home of his uncle, and acquired his education in the public schools of Bishop Hill, his father having established his home here during the early youth of the son. After putting aside his textbooks he secured employment with Swan Swanson at farm labor, working for him until the latter retired, since which time Mr. Windisch has leased the land. He cultivates one hundred and fifty acres in Weller township and although he is not in possession of the land he takes just pride in its appearance and has made many needed improvements on the place. He understands his work and his labors are productive of good results as is evidenced in the excellent crops which he stores in his granaries each year.
Mr. Windisch was married on the ist of December, 1887, the lady of his choice being Miss Ida C. Olson, of Nekoma, Illinois, a daughter of John Olson, who is engaged in the mercantile business at that place. They lost their eldest child, Oscar E., when a little lad of nine years. The surviving children are: May A., a young lady of nineteen years, engaged in teaching; Pearl A., who at the age of seventeen is attending the public schools at Bishop Hill; Edna C., fourteen years of age, John E., eleven years old and Helen E., a little maiden of eight, all attending school.
Mr. Windisch in the main advocates the principles of the republican party although he is not strictly partisan and occasionally casts an independent ballot. He is a member of the Select Knights at Bishop Hill and his wife and daughters affiliate with the Swedish Methodist church. He possesses all the elements of what in this country we term a "square" man— one in whom to have confidence, a dependable man in any relation and any emergency
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