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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Ernst Lorenz

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


, druggist, of Dewey, Champaign County, Ill., was born march 7, 1844, in Saxony, Germany, and is a son of Gotlieb and Dora (DEARY) LORENZ, natives of Saxony. The subject of this sketch came with his parents to the United States when he was six years of age, and located in Kentucky, where he received his mental training, and resided until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the Sixth Ohio Infantry. In this regiment he served for three years and four months, and then joined the Seventy-first Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry, in which he served until the close of the war.

In 1865, Mr. Lorenz came to Champaign County, where he was engaged in farming until 1871. He then moved to East Bend Township, and there started a general store. He was the first to build in Dewey, where he started in business, and now owns the only drug store in the town. In politics, Mr. Lorenz is a Republican, and has served as constable; as Justice of the Peace, for thirty years; and Assessor, for twenty-six years. He was elected Sheriff of Champaign County in 1898, serving four years, and was elected Supervisor in 1904. He was the first postmaster in Dewey, and held that office for twenty-one years; was also express agent for nineteen years.

In religious views Mr. Lorenz is a Lutheran, fraternally, belongs to the I.O.O.F., and the G.A.R. He was married in July, 1866, to Catherine BOWMAN, a native of Darke County, Ohio, where she obtained her education. To Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz have been born the following named children: Ida (Mrs. CHATM), Emma (Mrs. SCHRADER), Dora (Mrs. WART), Minnie (Mrs. GLENN), Ernst and Annie. Mrs. Lorenz died in March, 1902.

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