Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
CHRISTMAN, Peter (deceased), who was for many years successfully engaged in gardening in Springfield, Ill., was born in Betrea, Germany, in 1824. His parents were natives of Germany, who spent their entire lives there. Peter Christman was education in the public schools and became employed in the vineyards near his home, where he learned the business which he followed all his life. He was married at Betrea, Germany, March 19, 1863, to Lena Gorlans, also a native of Betrea, born June 22, 1873, one of three children. A brother of Mrs. Christman came to American and died here in 1891.
Mr. and Mrs. Christman sailed for America in April, 1864, landing in New York in May, and came direct to Springfield, where he engaged in business and became very successful. He was thorough master of his line and was fortunate in his investments, becoming the owner of several pieces of property in Springfield, including the family home of South Eleventh Street, where his widow now resides. He was a Democrat in politics and interested in the welfare and progress of his community. Both he and his wife became members of SS. Peter and Paul's Roman Catholic Church and were much interested in its good work.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Christman, one son and two daughters, namely: Lena married Joseph Lorscheider, who is a contractor and builder of Springfield, and they have three children, two daughters and one son; Marie married William Esslinger, a brick mason of Springfield; and Nicholas, who lives with his mother. Mrs. Christman has five grandchildren and one great grandchild - Helen Lorscheider. Mr. Christmas died at his home in Springfield, February 8, 1884. He was a kind husband and father and a true, sincere friend, who tried to do his duty in all things. His widow has shown good management in the conduct of her affairs and has won the esteem of all who know her.