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In 1884 Mr. Stowell was united in mar-
riage with Mrs. Martha Knettle, widow of
George Knettle. She was born March 16,
1831, near Warm Springs and Randesburg,
Pennsylvania, fifteen miles from Carlisle,
and is the daughter of Jesse and Mary
(Stone) Hippie, also a native of that state.
Her maternal grandfather, Richard Stone,
was a native of London, England, while
her paternal grandfather, John Hippie, was
one of five brothers who left their old home
in Germany and together came to America
prior to the Revolutionary war. He served
as a farrier through a part of that struggle
and shod a horse for General Washington.
He was a well-to-do farmer, but on selling his
farm received his pay in Continental mon-
ey, which proved useless and he lost all.
Jesse Hippie, Mrs. Stowell's father, was
born October 1 1, 1800, and died in Geneva,
Illinois, at the age of eighty-three or eighty-
four years. By trade he was a tailor, but
for some years prior to his death he lived
retired. In his family of six children, Mrs.
Stowell was the fourth in order of birth.

George Knettle, Mrs. Stowell's first hus-
band, was born near Mifflintown, Cumber-
land county, Pennsylvania, December 18,
1806, a son of Henry and Hannah (Walker)
Knettle, who were born near the Delaware
river in Bucks county, that state. His pa-
ternal ancestors were from Wurtemburg,
Germany, while the Walkers were of Scotch
descent. His grandfather was George Knet-
tle, who married a Miss Sleuker. George
Knettle, Jr., was twice married, his first
wife being a Miss Steward, also a native of
Pennsylvania, by whom he has four children
one son and three daughters. In Chica-
go he married Miss Martha Hippie, and to




them were born three children: One died
in infancy, unnamed; Lacy, deceased; and
Grace F. Mr. Knettle was a prosperous
business man and accumulated considerable
property. Going to Minneapolis in 1857
he purchased a large tract of timber land in
"The Big Woods" west of that city, where
he erected large sawmills and became exten-
sively interested in the manufacture of lum-
ber. He sustained heavy losses, however,
through fire, and in 1868 came to Kane
county, Illinois, where he rented a farm and
established a cheese factory. Later he re-
tired from active business and returned to
Minnesota, where he died April 10, 1883,
honored and respected by all who knew
him. Mrs. Stovvell now makes her home
at No. 304 Walnut street, Elgin, and is
surrounded by a large circle of friends and

FRANK KRAMER. Much of the civili-
zation of the world has come from the
Teutonic race. Continually moving west-
ward they have taken with them the enter-
prise and advancement of their eastern
homes and have become valued and useful
citizens of various localities. In this coun-
try especially have they demonstrated their
power to adapt themselves to new circum-
stances, retaining at the same time their
progressiveness and energy, and have be-
come loyal and devoted citizens, true to the
institutions of "the land of the free " and
untiring in promotion of all that will prove
of benefit to their adopted country. The
German element in America forms an im-
portant part of American citizenship, and of
this class Mr. Kramer is a worthy repre-
sentative. He is now editor and proprietor

of the "Deutsche Zeitung,"of Elgin, and
has made his paper an important factor in
the public welfare of the city.

Mr. Kramer was born in Bodenheim,
Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, April 24,
1838, a son of John Kramer, also a native
of that locality, who was a son of Bernhardt
Kramer. The father of our subject was a
farmer and grape cultivator, and spent his
entire life in his native land, where he died
in 1882. His wife, who bore the maiden
name of Catherine Kirchner, was a. .daughter
of Hanry and Elizabeth (-Koegler) Kirchner,
and her father was one of the soldiers who
fought under the great Napoleon. She
died in 1890. The parents of our subject
had four children, of whom he is the sec-
ond. The others are Henry, John and
Elizabeth, who are still living in the Father-
land. The sister visited Mr. Kramer in El-
gin during the summer of 1893, and also at-
tended the Columbian Exposition in Chi-

Frank Kramer was educated in the
schools of his native land and when nineteen
years of age bade adieu to home and friends
and sailed for America, landing in New
York in 1857. He spent a short period in
Elmira, New York, then went to Chicago,
and at Elmhurst, Illinois, took up his resi-
dence. He worked there as a farm hand
for a time and then went to the lumber
woods of Wisconsin, after which he returned
to Elgin and again secured work on a farm.

Later he located in the city of Elgin,
where he learned the cooper's trade, which
he followed five years in Elgin and Chicago.
Returning to Elgin, he entered the employ
of Dr. H. K. Whitford, with whom he re-
mained six years, looking after the Doctor's
collections and other business interests.
He then engaged in the dray business on

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his own account, and was thus engaged un-
til 1880, when he established the Elgin
"Deutsche Zeitung," which he has since
published with good success. He has en-
larged it from a six-column quarto to a six-
column five-leaf paper, and now has a large
circulation among the German population of
this section of the state. Its political sup-
port has ever been given the Democratic
party, and it strongly advocates the free
silver and other planks of that platform.
However, at local elections, where no na-
tional issue is involved, it upholds the best
man regardless of party affiliations. Its
circulation is now the largest of any Ger-
man weekly paper in the county. The
paper is a neat and attractive sheet, devot-
ed to the best interests of the community,
and to the advancement of the sons of the
fatherland. Its editorials are interesting,
just and progressive, and the "Zeitung" is
a popular visitor in many homes.

Mr. Kramer has not always been a
Democrat. In ante bellum days he was an
abolitionist. He voted for Lincoln and in
1868 for Grant, but in 1872 supported
Horace Greeley and has been a Democrat
since that time. In 1878 he was elected as
an independent candidate to the office of
town collector and filled that position in a
most creditable way. From 1888 to 1891
he represented the first ward of Elgin in the
city council and was chairman of the finance
committee. In 1897 he was appointed by
Mayor Price, park commissioner for a term
of three years and has ever proved a capable
and faithful public officer. He owns con-
siderable real estate, having made judicious
investments in various parts of the city.

On the 26th of October, 1860, Mr.
Kramer married Miss Carrie H., born in
Chicago September 8, 1840, daughter of

Joseph and Mary (Atzel) Markel, natives of
Alsace and Loraine, Germany, respectively.
They died in Hanover township, Cook
county, Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Kramer are the parents of
the following named children: John F., who is
now in the express business and also deals in
coal and wood ; Henry J. , a ranchman of Cus-
ter county, Montana; Katherine E. ,a gradu-
ate of the Elgin high school, who was for three
terms deputy town collector and for seven
years a deputy in the county treasurer's
office during the busy season; Martha M., a
graduate of the high school, who married
Ed Dolph, of Chicago, and has one child,
Alvin; Mamie A., a graduate of the high
school and of a short hand and typewriting
course, in Kimball's College, Chicago, who
died February 9, 1896; Carolyn H., who
attended the high school and Drews Busi-
ness College; Rutherford B., a graduate of
the Elgin Academy and now a student in
the law department of the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor; William M. and
N. Elsie, who are now students in the pub-
lic schools of Elgin.

Mr. Kramer is president of the Elgin
German Benevolent Society, the oldest or-
ganization of the kind in the county, and at
intervals has served as its president for
twelve years. The family attend the First
Baptist church. Mr. Kramer belongs to
that class of men whom the world terms
self-made, for coming to this country empty-
handed, he has conquered all obstacles in
the path to success, and has not only se-
cured for himself a handsome competence,
but by his efforts has materally advanced
the interests of the community with which
he is associated. He is a prominent figure
in business, political and social circles and
ranks among the leading citizens of Kane



county. Mr. Kramer has twice visited his
old home in Germany, once in 1881 and
again in 1891.

EDWARD S. ENO, superintendent of
the Elgin branch of the New York
Condensed Milk Company, Elgin, Illinois,
is one of the best known and highly esteemed
citizens of the place. He traces his ances-
try back to James Eno, who was of French
extraction, but who came to this country
from England in 1648, locating in Windsor,
Connecticut. A sword said to have been
brought by him from England has passed
from father to eldest son from that day to
this, and is now in possession of John S.
Eno, of Brewster, New York.

Samuel Eno, the great-great-grandfather
of our subject, was the father of Daniel
Eno, who married Chloe Mills, December
23, 1809, by whom he had six children
Charlotte, Esther, Erastus S. , Emeline E.,
Daniel Mills and Aurelia E.

Daniel Mills Eno was born October 28,
1812, in Connecticut, where he grew to
manhood, and was there married March 30,
1836, to Eunice C. Sage, a native of the
same state, born in 1813. Later he moved
to Wayne county, Pennsylvania, where he
engaged in farming until his death, which
occurred December 25, 1891. He was a
good man, a member and deacon in the
Presbyterian church for many years, and
from time to time held a number of minor
official positions. His wife, who was also a
member of the same religious body, is yet
living, an honored resident of Seeleyville,
Pennsylvania. They were the parents of
ten children, eight of whom are yet living.
In order of birth they are as follows: (i)
John S., a resident of Brewster, New York,

married Susan Clark and had five children-
Clark, Emma, Frank, Daniel (deceased)
and Susan. (2) Eunice is the wife of John
E. Woodward and is the mother of two
children Anna M. and Alfred. (3) Susan
is the widow of John K. Jenkins and had
nine children Frederick W. (deceased),
Mary, Benjamin, Laura, Martha, Susan,
John K. , Gail and Grace. (4) Laura is the
wife of Eben H. Clark and has five chil-
dren Elizabeth, Herbert, Edward, Bertha
and Daniel. (5) Edward S. , our subject,
is the next of the family. (6) George died
in infancy. (7) Alfred W. married Rose
Miller and has two children Daniel and
Helen. (8) Fred K. died in infancy. (9)
Lillie G. is at home. (10) Charlotte E. is
the wife of J. O. Southard, by whom she
has one child, Eunice.

Edward S. Eno, our subject, was born
in Seeleyville, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1848,
and was reared on his father's farm in Wayne
county, being educated in the public schools.
After leaving school he clerked for about
eighteen months in a hardware store in his
native town, and in 1870 commenced work
for the New York Condensed Milk Company
at Brewster, New York. From that time
to the present he has been connected with
that company and has served in almost
every capacity, commencing work in the
least responsible position and working his
way up to the superintendency of one of the
most important branches of the business.
They manufacture Gail Borden's condensed

Mr. Eno was married in Wayne county,
Pennsylvania, October 21, 1873, to Miss
Helen A. Conyne, a native of that county,
and a daughter of Alexander and Laura
(Gregory) Conyne, the former a native of
New York, the latter of Susquehanna coun-_

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ty, Pennsylvania, who removed to Wayne
county in a very early day. Alexander
Conyne was by occupation a stationary en-
gineer, and followed that pursuit within a
few years of his death, when he purchased
a farm and engaged in agriculture. His
death occurred April i, 1876. His wife,
who is a member of the Baptist church, is
still living and makes her home with her
children. They were the parents of ten
children, as follows: George W. , who mar-
ried Charlotte Webster (now deceased) and
resides in New Haven, Connecticut; Charles
W., deceased; Frank F., a resident of Mon-
tana; Helen A., wife of our subject; Clara
P., wife of Horace White, of White Valley,
Pennsylvania; Charles G., who married
Anna Hawkins and now resides in Mandan,
North Dakota; Case V., who married Mary
Pullis and lives in Bangor, South Dakota;
Eva L., wife of Fred W. Chase, of Butte,
Montana; Fannie I., also a resident of
Butte; and Herbert A., of Anaconda, Mon-

To Mr. and Mrs. Eno four children have
been born: Charles Edward, who died at
the age of fifteen months; and Herbert S.
Laura E. and Alfred W., all of whom are
yet under the parental roof. The family
reside in a neat and comfortable home on
North Spring street, Elgin, where they de-
light to entertain their many friends. The
parents are members of the Prospect Street
Congregational church, in the work of which
they are actively engaged. Fraternally,
Mr. Eno is a member of Monitor lodge,
No. 522, F. & A. M.; and Washington
lodge, No. 13, A. O. U. W., of Elgin.

In politics Mr. Eno is a thorough Re-
publican, and has been identified with that
party since casting his first presidential vote
for U. S. Grant. His business interests

have usually been such that he could not
give much of his time to political affairs,
more than to attend the conventions of his
party, vote its ticket and in a quiet way
advocate its principles. In the municipal
affairs of his adopted city he has always
manifested the greatest interest, and in the
discharge of his duties as a citizen he has
done his full share in its development. For
two years he served as alderman from his
ward, and his record as a member of the
city council is a commendable one. While
serving in that capacity he was chairman of
the finance committee and of the special
committee on water works. To him prob-
ably as much as any other man is due the
present fine water works in Elgin, acknowl-
edged to be among the very best in the en-
tire country. To secure the admirable sys-
tem he devoted much time and study. He
also served three years as a member of the
board of education.

For some eight or ten years Mr. Eno
served in the fire department of the city,
only resigning his position because he could
not give it the time and attention necessary.
The same energy shown in creating and
making efficient the water works was dis-
played by him in the fire department.

It is, however, as superintendent of the
Elgin Branch of the New York Condensed
Milk Company that he is best known through-
out Kane and adjoining counties. In 1870
he came to Elgin as a representative of that
company, and in 1882 he was made super-
intendent, and has since occupied that posi-
tion. In 1870 there was comparatively lit-
tle doing in the milk business in Elgin, and
what little milk found its way into this mar-
ket was shipped to Chicago. With the es-
tablishment of the condensed milk factory
the business began rapidly to grow until



to-day Elgin is recognized as the leading
place in the United States for this industry.
In addition to the large quantity used by
the New York Condensed Milk Company,
vast quantities of milk are used in the man-
ufacture of butter and cheese. All con-
versant with the subject acknowledge that
to Mr. Eno and his wise management of the
affairs of the company much of this success
is due. In all the thirty-three years in
which the company have operated here
there has never been a strike among its em-
ployees, and the best feeling is always main-
tained by all connected with it. The super-
intendent is honored and respected by the
men and he honors and respects them. Dur-
ing the campaign of 1896 a lot of politicians
were discussing the relation between em-
ployers and employees, one party endeavor-
ing to show that they were antagonistic, one
to the other. Reference was made in proof
of this to several large institutions, when
some one mentioned the Elgin branch of the
New York Condensed Milk Company. The
contending party at once objected to refer-
ence to that company, stating aside from
the New York Condensed Milk Company
his contention was true. "In that com-
pany," said he, "the superintendent and
employees are too much like one family."
A greater compliment could not have been
bestowed upon Mr. Eno. All classes and
all professions speak of him in the highest
terms of praise.

HENRY BLAZIER is a retired farmer
residing in the village of Hampshire.
His father, John Blazier, was born in the
village of Diefenalern, Bavaria, May 28,
1819. In his native country he learned the
trades of cooper and brewer, and, while yet

residing there, served three years in the Ba-
varian army. He remained in his native
land until 1847, when he started for Amer-
ica with the design of enlisting in the Mexi-
can war, but the war was closed before he
reached the field. He sailed from Ham-
burg and landed in New York after a voy-
age of forty-nine days. He there secured
work, and for a time was engaged in the
tile factory across the river in New Jersey.
Desiring to come west he ascended the
Hudson, and by canal went to Buffalo, New
York, and thence by lake to Chicago.
Coming to Kane county, he settled in
Hampshire township, but secured work for
a time at the cooper's trade in Belvidere,
Boone county, and then worked for various
farmers in the neighborhood. During the
war he bought land in Hampshire county,
and, as wheat, during the latter part of the
struggle, was two dollars per bushel, he was
enabled to ' add to his original purchase,
paying cash for the same. In the fall of
1 88 1, he rented his farm and moved to the
village of Hampshire, where he is living re-

John Blazier is the son of Wolf Blazier,
of French descent, who fought against Na-
poleon, and who served as a revenue officer
in Germany. John Blazier first married in
New York Barbara Ber, by whom he had
seven children, five yet living, as follows:
Henry, our subject; Carrie, who, on the
29th of March, 1880, married Albert Eich-
ler, a native of Saxony, Germany, born
March 15, 1853, and who died May 17,
1885. He came to this country with his
parents, George and Sophia Eichler, and
later purchased a farm in De Kalb county,
Illinois, which is yet owned by his widow.
They were the parents of two children, Al-
bert and Ida, who now attend the public



schools of Hampshire; George is a farmer
in Hampshire township; Mary married Will-
iam Huber, by whom she has one son,
Frank Blazier, and they reside in Kane
county, Illinois; John is engaged in farming
in the south end of Hampshire village.

Henry Blazier was born in Woodbridge,
New Jersey, April 15, 1858, and came west
with his parents at the age of two years.
He first attended school in Reid's district,
and later in the Bean district, until twenty
years of age. He then hired to his father,
and remained with him until 1887, when he
purchased one hundred and sixty acres in
section 16, and boarded with a family on an
adjoining farm, and for eleven years was en-
gaged in its cultivation with good success.
In the spring of 1898 he rented the farm,
and now makes his home with his sister,
Mrs. Carrie Eichler, who has recently
moved to the village of Hampshire. Mr.
Blazier engaged principally in dairying while
on the farm, usually having some twenty to
thirty head of cows. His place was well
improved, being tilled and ditched at a cost
of one thousand dollars, and having a barn
36x68 feet, and a good dwelling house at a
cost of eighteen hundred dollars. In poli-
tics he is a thorough Republican.

VINCENT S. LOVELL, deceased,
through the years of his identification
with Kane county, enjoyed the highest re-
spect of his fellow townsmen by reason of
his strict integrity, true manhood and intel-
lectual attainments. He was a gentleman
of refinement and culture, and his deport-
ment was always courteous and kind. His
devotion to the public welfare also made
him a valued factor in public life, and by
his death Elgin was deprived of one of her

best citizens. He was one of her native
sons, of whom she had every reason to be
justly proud. On the 2d of May, 1845, he
began his earthly pilgrimage, which was
ended December 7, 1892, covering a life-
span of forty-seven years.

Vincent Smith Lovell was a son of Vin-
cent Sellar and Lucy (Smith) Lovell, and
in a private school conducted by his mother
he acquired his elementary education, which
was supplemented by a course in the Elgin
Academy. At the age of fourteen he began
learning the printing trade in an office in
Chicago, and after learning that trade he
secured a position under Finder F. Ward in
the abstract office of Geneva, Illinois. Later
the mother removed with her two sons to
Ann Arbor, Michigan, in order to give them
the advantages of a college education, and
in 1872 our subject was graduated in the
State University. He then secured a place
on the staff of the "Argus," a journal pub-
lished in Albany, New York, with which he
was connected for two years, when he again
came to the west and became a member of
the staff of the Chicago "Post and Mail,"
with which he was associated until entering
into partnership with his brother, Judge
Lovell, in the real-estate business and law
practice. They thus carried on business
until the death of our subject, and their ju-
dicious management, keen foresight and un-
flagging enterprise brought them a gratify-
ing success.

Mr. Lovell was married at Frankfort-on-
the-Main, Germany, August 19, 1876, to
Miss Eliza A. Hadwen. The lady was born
near Halifax, Yorkshire, England, a daugh-
ter of Thomas Wilson Hadwen, who, like
his father, John Hadwen, was a wealthy
cotton and silk manufacturer. The last
named married Margaret Lovell, a daugh-



ter of John J. Lovell, a gentleman fanner
of England. The father of Mrs. Eliza Lo-
vell had retired from business, and with his
family was living abroad at the time of her
marriage. Mr. Lovell continued in active
business in his native city until called to the
home beyond. Although not connected
with any church, his life was permeated by
true Christian principles. He was consid-
erate of the welfare and rights of others,
had great sympathy for his fellow men, was
benevolent, and never spoke an uncharita-
ble word. His ability was recognized by his
fellow citizens, he serving as mayor of the
city, discharging the duties of the office in a
highly satisfactory manner until he resigned
for the reason that he could not conscien-
tiously perform the duties of his office. He
also served for some years as director of the
public library. He was, however, very re-
tiring, and few knew the depths of his na-
ture, but his intimate friends had an appre-
ciation and respect for him which arises
only from true worth.

OAMUEL C. ROWELL, deceased, was
O for many years one of the leading men
of Hampshire township. He was born at
East Plainfield, Sullivan county, New Hamp-
shire, April 13, 1819, and was the son of
Jacob and Mary (Currier) Rowell, the for-
mer being a farmer in New Hampshire,
where he was born, and where his entire
life was spent, dying after having passed
his three score years and ten. His father,
the grandfather of our subject, was Enoch
Rowell, who was a soldier in the Revolu-
tionary war.

Samuel C. Rowell was reared on a farm
and attended the district schools until the
age of fifteen, when he entered Kimball

Union Academy, at Meriden, New Hamp-
shire, where he spent three years. He
taught school winters and worked on farms
other seasons for a time, and while working
with a companion, laying stone wall one
hot day, both resolved to leave the stony
country and get a living more easily else-
where. Accordingly, in 1840, he went to
Kentucky, where Yankee teachers were in
demand. He there engaged in teaching for
about three years, and then came to Kane
county, Illinois, riding on horseback some
eight hundred miles. After examining con-
siderable country, looking for a location, he
finally decided to locate in Hampshire town-

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