Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. II, p. 883
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
C. H. WEIHE
Classed with the leading and representative agriculturists of Farmer township, Rice county, is C H Weihe, whose beautiful and attractive place, located on section 23, is one of the fertile tracts of this locality. He was born in a little German home across the sea, having first opened his eyes to the light of day in the province of Prussia, on the 17th of February, 1850. His father, Frederick Weihe, was a native of the same place, and was there reared and educated. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Oecheman, also a native of the province of Prussia, Germany, and they became the parents of five children, - D Henry, Fred, Caroline, Ernest and Mary, all born in Germany. With the exception of the subject of this review, the parents and their children still reside in the fatherland.
C Henry Weihe received a good education in his native language, having attended school until he was fourteen years of age, and from that time until his seventeenth year he was employed on a dairy farm. In company with an aunt he then bade adieu to home and native land, and from Bremen sailed for the United States. After landing in New York he proceeded on his way to Washington county, Illinois, and afterward was employed on a railroad in eastern Kansas for fifteen months. His next location was in Warrensburg, Missouri, where for eighteen months he helped make the brick used for the State Normal School there. In Warrenton, that state, he was a student in the Central Wesleyan College during the season of 18721-2 and also during a part of the year 1874-5. After leaving that institution he was engaged in business for himself four years, dealing in sewing machines in Nashville, Washington county, Illinois, in which industry he met with a fair degree of prosperity. Mr Weihe remained a resident of the Prairie state until 1879, the year of his arrival in Kansas. After coming to this state he purchased eighty acres of unimproved land in Farmer township, Rice county, where he immediately began making a home for himself and family. After ten months had passed he bought an adjoining eighty acres, and from time to time has added to his place until it now contains five hundred and sixty acres. By earnest and indefatigable labor he has placed his land under a high state of cultivation and erected thereon a beautiful residence at a cost of fifteen hundred dollars. One of the attractive features of the place is his beautiful grove, and a glance at the neat and thrifty appearance of the farm will indicate to the passer-by the supervision of a progressive owner.
In Nashville, Illinois, in 1875, occurred the marriage of Mr Weihe and Miss Carrie Korf, who was born in St Louis, Missouri, a daughter of Fred and Augusta Korf. The father is now deceased, but the mother still survives and is a resident of Bushton, Rice county, Kansas. The union of Mr and Mrs Weihe was blessed with seven children, but a little son died at the age of four weeks. Those living are: Bertina, who is a popular clerk in the postoffice at bushton; Arthur, at home; Theodore, a student in the Enterprise Normal School; and Mata, Luther and Walter, all at home. Both Mr and Mrs Weihe are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a stanch advocate of Republican principles, and has been the choice of his party for trustee, assessor and treasurer of his township. In all these positions he discharged the duties which devolved upon him with honor to himself and satisfaction to his constituents, and both his public and private life are above reproach.