A farmer residing on section 13, Cornwall Township , is a native of Switzerland , in which country he was born Jan. 7, 1851 . At the age of four years he accompanied his step-mother and uncle to the United States , his father having preceded them to this country two years before. Mr. Wachs, his uncle and step-mother, after a pleasant voyage across the briny waters, landed at New York , where, after remaining a few days, they went to Ohio , remained about three months, and then came to Kewanee, this county. The father of Mr. Wachs, of this sketch, was also a native of Switzerland , having been born in that country in May, 1828. He married Miss Cathrina Schwab in 1849, in Switzerland . She died in 1852, leaving one child, John, the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Wachs was married to Miss Catherine E. Knapper, Feb. 26, 1878 . She was born in this county, and her father, Gottlieb Knapper, was a native of Wurtemberg , Germany , and on the 18 th of February, 1821 , he first saw the light of day in that country. He was united in marriage with Christina Kinsinger in 1839.
Mr. Wachs, of whom we write, is at present the proprietor of 280 acres of good farm land, 120 of it being in Annawan Township , and the remainder in Cornwall Township . Of their union four children were born,--Jacob B., Catherine E., Bertha M. and John William. They are all members of the Presbyterian Church. They are all members of the Presbyterian Church. Politically, Mr. Wachs is liberal in his views.
1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois page 545
Transcribed by Jan Roggy
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