Samuel Domer (deceased) – Was for more than fifty years an honored citizen of Ogle County, one respected by all who knew him. He was born September 3, 1818 near Sharpsburg Washington County, Maryland and there grew to manhood, receiving his education in the common schools. In 1839 he left his native state and went to Ohio where he remained one year, when for some reason he returned to his old home and there remained until 1845, when he came to Ogle County, which remained his home until called to the upper and better world. He was a brick maker by trade, and on locating in Mt. Morris Township in 1845 he made the brick and built his own home. He soon gave up his trade for the more profitable and healthy occupation of farming.
Mr. Domer was twice married, his first union being with Miss Elizabeth Steffa. After a wedded life of but two years, Mrs. Domer passed away. They had one child, which died in infancy. On the 10th of March, 1852, Mr. Domer wedded Miss Rachel Varner, a native of Fayette County, Ohio, born January 9, 1829 and daughter of William Herman and Cynthia Ann (Knox) Varner, who were also natives of the same county, the former born January 19th, 1808 and the latter April 4, 1810. When Mrs. Domer was but a year and a half old her parents moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1837, when she was but eight years old, they moved to Lee County, Illinois, and in 1850 came to Ogle County, where she has since resided. On the 22nd of June, 1892, her mother died at the age of eighty-two years. Her father died about 1837 in Indiana. They were the parents of three daughters, Mrs. Domer being the eldest; Sarah, now Mrs. William Turner of Lee County, Illinois; Mary L., wife of John Etnyre of Paine’s Point, Illinois.
To Samuel and Rachel Domer were born eight children: Martha Frances, born February 15, 1854, married Charles Reber. She died February 16, 1876. Lydia Ann, born November 27, 1855, died September 9, 1862. Andrew J., born July 29, 1857, married Ida Lewis and to them four children has been born: Maude, Earl, Minnie and Laura. They reside in Kansas, where he is engaged in farming. William H., born April 20, 1859, married Kate Alter, and four children have blessed their union: Jesse, Ethel, Percy, and Bessie. They are living in Mt. Morris. Samuel O., born May 21, 1863 married Emma Shuber, and they have two children: Floyd and Edna. They are living in Polo, Illinois. Franklin V., born September 30, 1868, married Effie Brooks and they have one child, Mary Eva. They are living in Oregon Township. Frederick W. born April 29, 1870, married Anna Fridley and they have one child, Ray V. They are living on the old homestead in Mt. Morris Township. Sarah A., born July 10, 1873, married William W. Koontz and they reside on the home place in Mt. Morris Township.
Mr. Domer commenced farming on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which he lived for twenty-two years. He then purchased another farm, to which he added from time to time until he had a farm of four hundred acres, all of which he had under improvement. This he disposed of and purchased two hundred and ten acres in Mt. Morris Township, upon which he lived about twenty years. In 1895 he rented the farm and moved to Mt. Morris, to spend his remaining years in retirement. He was, however, not long for this world, as the summons came for him to depart July 4, 1898. He died of dropsy and heart disease, and his remains were interred in the cemetery at Silver Creek, Ogle County. In politics he was originally an old-line Whig, but on the dissolution of that party he became a Democrat, with which party he acted during the remainder of his life. Interested in the public schools, for many years he served as school director. He never cared to push himself forward in any manner, but was quiet and unassuming in manner, content to fulfill his daily duties of farm and home life, leaving to others the more exacting responsibilities of public life. He left a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. His widow, who is highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities of head and heart, is yet living in Mr. Morris, where her friends are many.
Transcribed by Denise Border
Biographical Record of Ogle County
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