Biography of Carl F. Oakfield

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Carl F. Oakfield was born in Coblentz, on the Rhine River, Germany, Dec. 22, 1826, a son of Jacob Oakfield, of Germany. Mr. Carl Oakfield was reared in his native place, and educated at Berlin. He learned the architect’s trade, at which he worked in his native country, and in 1852 he came to the United States, stopping a few months in New York City, then came to Bureau County, Ill., and was civil engineer on the Chicago, Burlington & Quiney Railroad nearly three years. He then went to Emporia, Lyons Co., Kan., in 1857, where he worked a farm until 1862, when he came to Arlington, Ill. He entered the Union service in the late war in a Missouri regiment and served one year as First Lieutenant, then went to Pennsylvania and was made Captain of Company C, Twenty second Regiment United States colored troops, where he served until the close of the war. He went to Iowa and was a civil engineer on a railroad. He then came to Leland in 1867, where he was engaged as a grain merchant until his death. Dec. 15, 1855, he was married to Eliza M. Aldrich, a daughter of Ira Aldrich, of Arlington, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Oakfield were the parents of seven children, six of them living— Julia E., Cora M., Clara T., Otto, Bismarck and Maude. Harry is deceased. Mr. Oakfield died Sept. 10, 1875.


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