Biography of Henry Schirding
Cook County, Il Biographies

HENRY SCHIRDING Justice of the Peace, was born in Germany in 1824, son of J. H. and Catherine Schirding. He came to America in 1837, with his parents, who located in Chicago for two years. in 1839 they removed to Schaumburg, Conk County, locating on a farm, where the father of the subject of this sketch still lives, ninety years of age. On attaining his majority, Mr. Schirding engaged in farming, on Section 21, Township 42, Range 10, where he resided until 1864. when he removed to Palatine, He was elected Justice of the Peace at the first election held at the organization of the township, in 1851, and has held that office for thirty two consecutive years. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Palatine, having held that position for ten years. He was married in 1847 to Miss Rebecca Slade, daughter of John and Betsey Slade. They have had six children, three of whom are now living - John H., Mary J. and Sarah. Mrs. Schirding died in 1867. He was married in 1868 to Miss Henrietta Matthei, daughter of Henry and Sophia Matthei. They have had four children, three now living, William, Tillie and Alma. He is a member of the Union Evangelical Church, and of the Masonic fraternity, A. F. & A. M. For thirty five years be was an auctioneer of farm stock, and for twelve years was engaged in the mercantile business. Marked success has attended his business efforts, having accumulated a large property, which he now enjoys.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.


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