WERNER, CHARLES, SR., (deceased). - There is no nation in the world that has given the United States so much material for the making of good citizenship, as has the Fatherland. The German , thrifty, sober, industrious and reliable, can always be depended upon to do his full share, and more, in the upbuilding of any community in which he finds himself, and to this race America owns much of its present prosperity and invincibility. One of the early German families of Sangamon County, was that of Werner, which was founded in Springfield more than half a century ago, by Charles Werner, who was born in Germany, June 5, 1829.
Charles Werner came to the United States with his parents, first settling in New Haven, Conn., and coming thence to Sangamon County, Ill. Charles had been educated in the common schools of his native country, and there also learned the trades of machinist and cabinet maker. In 1857 he located in Springfield, where he was employed by the Wabash Railroad Company seven years, and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy two years, and then purchased a small farm in Clear Lake Township, and by steady industrious work added to it from time to time, until at the time of his death he was the owner of 300 acres of fine farming property. In 1895 he retired from active pursuits and settled in Springfield, where his death occurred August 5, 1902. His widow now occupies a fine residence at No. 1102 North Seventh Street, Springfield.
Mr. Werner was a Democrat in politics, but never cared for political honors. He was a faithful member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Mr. Werner was married in New York City, to Mary Scharp, who was born in Germany October 28, 1828, a daughter of Phillip Scharp. The surviving children of this union are: Charles, who was Sheriff of Sangamon County, from 1906 to December, 1910, married Lizzie Fitzgerald, and resides at 551 South State Street, Springfield; Amelia, the widow of William Curry, residing in Springfield; and Augusta, the wife of William Black, who is connected with the Sattley Plow Works.