Biography of J. W. Unger
Adams County, NE Biographies





J. W. Unger is a prominent farmer and live stock dealer of Adams county, having handled much blooded stock, and in this connection he has done much to improve the grade of stock raised in this part of the state. He now makes his home in Juniata and still gives personal supervision to the management of his business interests, although he is now in the seventy eighth year of his age. He was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, August 15, 1838, a son of John and Elizabeth (Faust) Unger, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania and representatives of old Pennsylvania Dutch families. The mother died during the early boyhood of her son, J. W., and the home was broken up. In his seventeenth year he came west, locating at Pawpaw, Lee county, Illinois, where he remained until, aroused by a spirit of patriotism, he enlisted in 1862 in defense of the old flag, joining Company K of the Seventy fifth Illinois Regiment to serve for three years or during the war. He remained with his command until discharged at the close of hostilities. He had been wounded in the battle of Stone River, a ball striking a finger on his right hand. He never left his company, however. He took part in the battle of Perryville, where after an hour and a half's hard fighting there were only two hundred and fifty men left out of the thousand who entered the engagement. He participated also in the battles of Nashville, Chickamauga, Pine Mountain, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold and with his command proceeded into Alabama and took part in a number of engagements in that state. He was also in the battle of Lovejoy Station, of Franklin, Tennessee, Liberty Gap and Whiteside and when the war was over he returned to his home with a most creditable military record, having proven his fidelity and his bravery on many a hotly contested battlefield.

For some time after the war Mr. Unger remained a resident of Illinois and then removed to Chariton county, Missouri, where he spent twelve years. On the expiration of that period he established his home in Jefferson county, Nebraska, where he remained for ten years, and in 1892 he went to Oxford, Nebraska, but in 1893 removed to Prosser, continuing his residence at that place for nine or ten years, devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits. He then came to Juniata, where he has since resided save for a period of five years spent in the city of Hastings and two and one half years in Colorado. He has always followed farming and is one of the most enterprising and progressive agriculturists of this part of the state. Ever a lover of good horses, he has kept some fine blooded stock and was one of the first in this part of the state to invest in blooded imported stable horses. He has likewise engaged in raising fine hogs and both branches of his business have proven profitable. He is today the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of valuable farm land near Maywood in Lincoln county. His business affairs have ever been carefully conducted and well directed energy has brought him success.

In 1862 Mr. Unger was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Britton and they became the parents of four children: John Sherman, living in Colorado; Susie, the wife of Ed Carroll, of Juniata; Ada, who gave her hand in marriage to George Pratte, of Juniata; and Louie, who is the wife of Lester Fairbanks of this county. The wife and mother passed away in August, 1895, and her death was deeply regretted not only by her immediate family but also by many friends.

In politics Mr. Unger has been a lifelong republican, always indorsing the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He belongs to Hastings Post, G. A. R., thus maintaining pleasant relations with his old army comrades, and he likewise belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal church. Those who know him esteem him highly, for his has been an upright career characterized by public spirited citizenship, by enterprise and industry in business, by reliability in all trade transactions and by strict honor in his relations with his fellowmen.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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