Peter Kreiter’s journey from the Rhine in Germany to becoming a prominent citizen and successful farmer in Amboy Township, Illinois, is a testament to the virtues of patience and perseverance. Born in 1824, he migrated to America in 1847, honing his skills as a machinist before settling in Lee County. While his professional focus remained on machinist work, his sons have taken up the mantle of farming on their 175-acre property, showcasing the Kreiter legacy of diligence and success. Married to Augusta Wenzel, the couple’s life together has been enriched by their eight children, with the family maintaining a significant presence in both the agricultural and milling industries of their community.
Benjamin C. Couch, Esq., Tiskilwa, was born September 19, 1822, in Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He is a grandson of Benjamin Couch Sr., a native of New Hampshire, and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, participating in the battle of Bunker Hill, where he had a bullet shot through his ear. He married a Miss Heath, who was the mother of five children. Of these Benjamin Couch, Jr. was the father of our subject. He was a farmer by occupation, and was a native of New Hampshire, where he died. The mother of our subject, Mrs. Sallie (Morse) Couch,
The history of the Albrecht family in this county dates back to November, 1837. It was then that Christian and Elizabeth (Engel) Albrecht, with most of their children, came from Bavaria to the United States, and settled where their grandson, Daniel Albrecht, now resides. They died here, and are buried on the farm, which they settled and improved. Then names of their children are: Jacob, deceased; Peter, Johannes, Joseph, Christian, Mrs. Barbara Loder, Mrs. Elizabeth Zeirlein, Mrs. Catharine Orendorff, the last three deceased, and Mrs. Magdalena Burkey, of Nebraska. Of the above, Joseph Albrecht was born March 19, 1817, in