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The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900. These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!
John H. Lange.
One of the extensive farmers of Brown county is John Henry
Lange, who belongs to the class of German-American citizens whose energy and
enterprise make him a valuable addition to any community. A native of
Hessen, Germany, he is a son of Adam and Anna M. (Werner) Lange, who crossed the
Atlantic to America and became residents of Illinois. The father died in
Springfield, that state, and the mother's death occurred in Menard county.
Their children were John H.; Justus,
a minister of the gospel, living in Emporia, Kansas; Martha, widow of Dietrich Grube, of Springfield, Illinois; Lizzie, wife of V. Morwitz, and a resident of Springfield; Frank, deceased; and Lena, wife of
Charles Hosdick, of Springfield.
John Henry Lang spent his early boyhood days in the
Fatherland and in 1852 accompanied his parents in their emigration to the new
world. A location was first made in New Jersey, but later he went with his
family to Menard county, Illinois, where he aided in the development and
cultivation of the home farm. He was thus engaged at the time of the
inauguration of the civil war. In response to the country's call for
troops he donned the blue and became a member of Company I, Thirty-second
Illinois Infantry, under command of Colonel John Logan, and was mustered into
the service at Camp Butler
and from there went to Bird Point, Missouri, and later to Tennessee, participating in the movements that resulted in the battles of Fort Henry and Donelson.
He also took part in the battle of Shiloh, and was in the vicinity of the battle of Corinth. The regiment next went to Grand Junction, Tennessee, and took part in the battle of Lamar. From La Grange the Thirty-second Illinois started for Vicksburg, Mississippi but on arriving at a spot near, they learned of the capture of the Federal supplies by the rebels and were sent to Lumpkins' Mill, where the regiment were encamped two months. Leaving that place with Vicksburg as the objective point they embarked on a transport at Memphis, passed below the city of Vicksburg and landed at Warrenton.
The Thirty second Illinois held a position on the left of the army at Vicksburg and after the siege and surrender went to Jackson and Scranton and participated in the Meridian campaign. The regiment was afterwards stationed at Big Black River and while there Mr. Lange was granted a furlough of thirty days, which he spent at home. Upon his return to the field he was placed upon detached service in the commissary department and was thus engaged until the end of the war, receiving an honorable discharge March 30, 1865.
For six months thereafter Mr. Lange continued at the family home in Menard county, Illinois, and then came to Kansas, having received favorable reports from his brother concerning the opportunities afforded in this state. His first work on reaching the county was fence building in the employ of Conrad Halberstadt, his future father-in-law. On the 1st of the following February he wedded the daughter, Caroline Halberstadt, and their union has been blessed with nine children, namely: Justus H., who married Sarah Jenkins and resides near Robinson; Lena; Adam, who married Lucinda Moffit and resides in Brown county; Caroline, wife of Homer Truax; John C.; Mary E., wife of E. H. Douglas; George W.; Cora L. and Walter E.
Since his marriage Mr. Lange has carried on agricultural pursuits on his own account and as his financial resources have increased he has added to his property interests until he now owns very extensive realty holdings. He owns 680 acres and his farm is conveniently and pleasantly located in Robinson township, not far from the village of that name.
He is one of the earnest and ardent Republicans of Brown
county and has served as a member of the township central committee. He
belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and his life has ever been in harmony
with his professions, commanding the respect and confidence of his fellow men.
His business career has been characterized by energy and honorable dealing and
his duties of citizenship have ever been discharged with the same loyalty which
he manifested when on southern battle fields he followed the stars and stripes.
Last update: Friday, July 18, 2003 20:22:15
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