One of the foremost agriculturists of Jackson county, Henry Vogel, of Fountain Bluff township, holds a high position among the energetic, progressive and successful farmers who thoroughly understand the vocation which they follow and are enabled to carry it on with both profit and pleasure. He was born January 16, 1850, in Perry county, Missouri, and is of thrifty German ancestry.

His father, August Vogel, was born and reared in Germany, and as a young man served as a soldier in the German army. Immigrating to the United States soon after his discharge from the army, he soon made his way to Missouri, where he settled permanently. Buying land in Perry county, he improved a good farm, which he managed with excellent results until his death, about 1868. He was a member of the German Evangelical Lutheran church, and was not only a farmer of prominence, but was a citizen of influence. He married, in Scott county, Missouri, Catherine Doering, and of the seven children born into their home three are living, as follows: August and Samuel, of Missouri, and Henry.

The fourth child in succession of birth of the parental household, Henry Vogel grew to manhood on the home farm in Perry county, Missouri, in the meantime gleaning a good education in the public schools. In 1879 he made his way to Illinois, and having bought land in Fountain Bluff township has since been actively and prosperously engaged in agricultural pursuits, having one of the most highly cultivated and productive farming estates of Southern Illinois. Mr. Vogel is a man of solid worth, possessing in a marked degree those traits of character that command respect in business life and gain esteem among one's neighbors and associates. He has ever evinced an intelligent interest in projects calculated to benefit town or county, and as one of the organizers of “The Big Lake Drainage District” was largely influential in having the drainage canal pass through Fountain Bluff township into the Mississippi. A Republican in politics, Mr. Vogel has served as one of the first drainage commissioners for many years and as school trustee. Religiously he belongs to the German Evangelical Lutheran church of the Missouri Synod and contributes liberally towards its support.

Mr. Vogel married, in 1875, Amalia Palich, a daughter of Ernest Palich, of Frohna, Perry county, Missouri, and they have a fine family of eight children, namely: Anna, Ernest, Hulda, Adelia, Clara, Gustav, Arthur and Dorathea.

member of the firm of Fithian & Kasserman, attorneys and counselors at law in Newton. The firm holds a foremost position and is concerned in important litigation and retains a clientage of signally representative character. Mr. Kasserman was born on a farm in Richiand county, Illinois, January 27, 1870, and is a son of Stephen and Annie (Tomi) Kasserman. Stephen Kasserman was a native of Switzerland, where he was born August 16, 1829. Coming to America with his parents when still a lad, he settled in southeastern Ohio, where he grew to manhood and followed farming, in addition to engaging in steam-boating on the Ohio river. About 1866 he moved to Richland county, Illinois, and after he had engaged in agricultural pursuits for a time he became a general contractor, his field of operation being Olney. He removed to a farm in Jasper county in 1879, where his death occurred in 1893. He married Miss Annie Tomi in Ohio, and she died in 1895, having been the mother of nine children, of whom Rudolph.. J. was the fourth in order of birth. Rudolph J. Kasserman 's early life was spent in Olney and his education was secured in the public schools of Jasper county. He eventually became private secretary to Congressman George W. Fithian, of Newton, and while discharging the duties of that position found time to prosecute his law studies under Mr. Fithian's preceptorship, and became his partner after his admittance to the bar in 1895. Mr. Kasserman as a counselor is safe and duly conservative,, and well merits the reputation he has gained as one of the able and honored attorneys of the county. Politically he is a Democrat, and has served as master in chancery of Jasper county. In 1894 Mr. Kasserman was united in marriage with Miss Lydia L. Moore, and they have had three children; Homer, George and Anna. Mrs. Kasserman attends the Presbyterian church, and is well known in religious and charitable work. Mr. Kasserman belongs to the local lodge of Masons.

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