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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Frederick Schlorff

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


FREDERICK SCHLORFF was born January 22, 1832, in Tarpien, Germany, and obtained his education in the public schools of that country. He was afterwards engaged in farming in Germany until he was twenty years old, when he emigrated to America, locating at Albany, N. Y. He worked on a dairy farm during one winter, and in 1865 moved to Sadorus, Ill. He was employed as one of a hand-car crew on a railroad, and worked in that capacity for four years. He then purchased thirty-two acres of land in Somers Township, and later bought an additional eighty acre tract of wild prairie land. Of this he sold forty acres and cleared the remaining forty acres, on which he built a homestead and resided there until 1892. In that year he bought forty acres adjoining the city limits of Champaign, and there he built another home, in which he has since resided. He is a member of the German Methodist Episcopal church, in which he occupies the pulpit every other Sunday. In his political views, he is a Republican.

Mr. Schlorff was married August 22, 1860, to Miss Sarah FRY, a daughter of John and Urilla (FRANKS) FRY. They became the parents of the following named children: John, born May 12, 1861; Charles, born January 28, 1863; Amelia (Mrs. Matthew MYERS), born May 9, 1864; Frank, born August 14, 1868, died August 20, 1869; Louisa, born March 7, 1870; Carolina (Mrs. Fred HEIMLICHER), born August 18, 1875; Maria, born August 12, 1878; and Frederick, born July 12, 1884.

The parents of Mr. Schlorff were John and Dorothea (HARMON) SCHLORFF, the former of whom died in Germany about the year 1847, at the age of forty-four years. The mother came to America with her two sons, Frederick and John, and is now eighty-eight years old.

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