BIOGRAPHY - Michael Imm

MICHAEL IMM is numbered among the early settlers of the county, having since 1862 made his home on section 35, Peach Orchard Township, where he owns a good and well-improved farm of eighty acres. His life record is as follows: He was born on the 25th of February, 1834, in Prussia, Germany, and is a son of Michael and Mary (Blising) Imm. His parents were both natives of Prussia, and his father was a farmer by occupation, following that business throughout his entire life. In their family were seven children, four sons and three daughters, namely: Minnie, Michael, William, Samuel, Godfrey, Catherine and Dolly.

The educational advantages of our subject were limited, for he attended school only until thirteen years of age, but since arriving at years of maturity reading and observation have largely counteracted this deficiency of his youth, and he is a well-informed man. He remained with his parents until 1866, when, at the age of thirty-two years, he bade good-bye to his old home and emigrated to America. The voyage lasted seven weeks, but at length the vessel reached the harbor of New York in safety, and from that city Mr. Imm made his way to Chicago. He finally located in Marshall County, Ill., where he began working by the month on a farm, and was thus employed for four years. At the expiration of that period, he came to Ford County, in 1871, and, having saved some capital as the result of his industry and economy, purchased eighty acres of land on section 35, Peach Orchard Township, where he has since made his home.

In 1873, Mr. Imm led to the marriage altar Miss Tina Gurkee, and unto them were born four children, but two of the number died in infancy. Two daughters, Minnie and Tina, still reside with their father, who, in 1884, was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife.

When Mr. Imm located upon his land it was in its primitive condition, hardly an improvement having been made, but he plowed and planted it and continued its cultivation, until now eighty acres of well-cultivated land yield a golden tribute to the care and labor he bestows upon it. The place presents a neat and attractive appearance, and the owner is accounted one of the practical and enterprising farmers of the community. Whatever success he has achieved in life is due to his own efforts, for became to America empty-handed, and has worked his way upward by indomitable will and energy. He has met with some reverses, but, all in all, his prosperity has been achieved without aid. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the Republican party and is a member of the German Lutheran Church.

Extracted 31 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, page 291.

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