Alexander County

Biography - Andrew Lohr

ANDREW LOHR, Cairo, Ill., was born on the 20th of December, 1831, in Prussia. His father, Henry Lohr, was a native of same kingdom, and was a soldier in the Prussian Army, participating in the famous battle of Waterloo in 1815. He was married to Miss Catherine Sticher. They reared but one child, the subject of these lines. The father and mother both died in the old country, the former in 1850, and the latter in 1854. Andrew, at the age of fourteen, was compelled to provide for his own sustenance, and for several years both before and after coming to Cairo, worked by the month. He was married in Germany in 1857 to Miss Catherine Steckhahn, who was born in Germany on the 28th of September, 1837. They came to the United States in 1858, and on the passage was born their only child, Hermine, wife of Harry Schulze, of Cairo. She was born September 5, 1858. They came directly to Cairo, and for some months Mr. Lohr worked for $8 per month. He soon became the possessor of a cow, and began the milk business on a small scale, but by adding to his herd of dairy cows, he soon built up a desirable trade. He next fitted up a dray, which proved a profitable investment, and thus he worked his way until 1861, when he sold his stock of horses and cows, and bought a soda factory, which he has operated ever since with abundant success. In 1858, he erected a small house at a cost of $300. This building was destroyed by fire on the 7th of December, 1861, just three years from the day on which he moved into it. He next erected a $4,000 brick building, which he now occupies as a family residence. He has erected some substantial brick buildings in connection with his manufactory. Besides, he owns a large amount of city real estate elsewhere. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, having been a trustee since its organization, and for some years Superintendent of the Sabbath school. He is a member of the Arab No. 2 Fire Company, and has been three years its President, and the present Vice President. Mr. Lohr is in politics a Democrat, and has served the Second Ward for three years on the Board of City Council. Mrs. Lohr died in Cairo, in June, 1879, and in August of the following year he was married to Miss Amanda Hahn. She was was born in Saxony, Germany, September 14, 1860. This union resulted in two daughters, Rosa and Emma Lohr, the former born on the 19th of August, 1881, and the latter October 7, 1882. Hermine Lohr was married to Harry Schulze on the 21st of November, 1878, and is the mother of three children, viz.: Ida, born October 10, 1879; Herman, born July 10, 1881, died June 8, 1882, and Harry Schulze, born November 7, 1882.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 29-30.

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