Biography of Philip Speilman
Winona County, MN Biographies

PHILIP SPIELMAN, farmer, was born near Heidelberg, Germany, October 14, 1814. He attended school till eighteen years old, the last two years being spent at the famous university under whose shadow he was reared. On leaving the university he entered the army, in which he served seven years. In 1839 he came to America, landing at New Orleans, where he learned the carpenter's trade. He arrived at port seven dollars in debt, and paid this by two days' labor in unloading the vessel. From New Orleans he went to Portage county, Ohio, where he was married November 2, 1841, to Catharina Mohn, a native of Loraine, born January 23, 1823. In 1844 Mr. Spielman went to Washington county, Wisconsin, then a new region, and proceeded to open up a farm in heavy timber; for a short time after locating there his nearest neighbor was eleven miles away. Here he continued to follow his trade most of the time, his sons carrying on the farm work as soon as they were old enough. In 1862 he came to St. Charles and bought 160 acres of land on Sec. 5, where he lived until 1877; his health failing, he bought a house and lot in St. Charles city, where he has lived ever since his removal from the farm. He now owns 260 acres of land, eighty acres being on Sec. 7, and the balance on Sec. 29, in Elba. Mr. Spielman is a member of St. Charles Lodge, A. F. and A. M., in which he is now steward; he is a republican in politics and in religion a Methodist. He has reared eleven children, as follows: John, born October 8, 1842, married Katie Gim, died at Faribault, April 30, 1868; Catharina, born November 7, 1843, married Christ Busman and lives on Sec. 5; Henry, born November 8, 1847. died December 6, 1865, at St. Charles; Mary, born December 3. 1849, married John Henrich and is living in the township of Elba; Andrew, born October 8, 1851, married Tilla Kobler and lives in St. Charles city; Nathaniel, born September 16, 1853, married Amelia Bossewitz and lives at Curry, Minnesota; Philip J., born March 27, 1855, lives at St. Charles; Maggie, born August 20, 1857, dwells with parents; William, born April 18, 1860, resides on Sec. 7; Mina, born April 15, 1862; Sarah, born October 15, 1864.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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