LENGENFELDER, ANDREAS. - Many of the more progressive farmers of today are devoting themselves to raising large crops from a smaller acreage than was formerly deemed necessary. Experiments have proven that it is better in every way to bring a small farm to the highest state of cultivation than indifferently to farm a large one, and Andreas Lengenfelder has one of the best pieces of property in his part of the county, to prove the trust of such a statement. He is conveniently located on Section 15, Cooper Township, where he owns thirty-one acres, every inch of which is made to produce a crop, according to thrifty German methods, for Mr. Lengenfelder was born in that country, April 3, 1867, a son of Conrad and Margaret (Seibert) Lengenfelder. They were farming people, who never left Germany, the father dying in 1882, but the mother survives, being seventy-nine years old. Andreas Lengenfelder had tow brothers, Albert and William, but both are now deceased.
Growing up in Germany, Andreas Lengenfelder worked for his father until he was twenty-two years old, when he gave his country a three years' service, and then came to the United States, arriving in New York in 1892, and passing through Castle Garden. From that city he came direct to Springfield and spent two years, but then went to Bates, Ill. After six months there, he came back to Springfield and spent the following five years there. He then returned to Germany on a two months' visit, following which he once more came to Springfield. A short time later he went to Christian County, and spent two years at Blackburn Station, but in 1900 settled on his present farm.
On April 16, 1898, Mr. Lengenfelder was married in Springfield to Miss K. Jerrer, born February 12, 1869, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Miller) Jerrer. The parents were born in Germany, the father in 1842, and still surviving, and the mother died in 1870. Mrs. Lengenfelder has three sisters: Anna, Elizabeth and Katherine, all living in Germany, while Mr. Lengenfelder had the following brothers and sisters: John, William, Albert, Elizabeth, Margaret, Regina, Barbara, of whom one sister and two brothers are living in America. Mr. and Mrs. Lengenfelder have had two children: Anna aged twelve years, and Carrie, aged five years.
Mr. Lengenfelder is a Republican. The Lutheran Church holds his membership. He is a reliable, hard-working practical farmer, and is widely known and universally respected.