Biography of Philip Geheber

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Philip Geheber, section 28, Allen Township, was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, Sept. 28, 1826, a son of Jacob and Mary (Telpt) Geheber. In 1847 he and his father came to the United States and located in New York, and two years later his mother and the rest of the family followed them. In 1852 he came to La Salle County and settled on a land warrant he had located in 1850, and his father built a small house in which the family lived four years, Philip in the meantime being married. The father died in Allen Township, Aug. 11, 1872, and the mother, Feb. 14, 1881. Philip Geheber was married July 17, 1854, to Kathrina Michelbach, a native of Germany, born Feb. 8, 1836, a daughter of George and Eva (Eaokin) Michelbach. Her father died in Germany, in 1845, and in 1851 she accompanied her mother to the United States, and settled in New York, where the latter died in1871. Mr. and Mrs. Geheber were the first couple married in Allen Township, and their eldest son was the first white child born in the township. They have five children - Jacob, born June 19, 1855; Margaret, Feb. 8, 1857; Philip, Aug. 5, 1862; Lydia, Jan. 8, 1864; Mary, Aug. 25, 1861. Margaret is the wife of Chris Walker, of Iowa, and Lydia married Lewis J. West, of Binghamton, N. Y. In polities Mr. Geheber is a Republican. He has served as School Director since the organization of the district, with the exception of three years. He and his wife are members of the Evangelical Association.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886