ZORN, HENRY, of Springfield, Ill., is a well-know citizen and the regard in which he is held by his fellows is shown by the fact that he is now serving as Financial Secretary of Local No. 1632, United Mine Workers Union. He is a native of Baden, Germany, born July 28, 1851, a son of Michael and Mary (Schaffer) Zorn, and their only child. The parents, also natives of Germany, came to America in 1853, spending three months on the water and landing at New Orleans. The father died in that city and the mother brought her son to Springfield in 1855. The father had served nine years in the German Army. The mother purchased some land in Salisbury Township and Henry worked for her and later carried on farming in his own account. He was educated in the country schools of Salisbury Township and in the city schools of Springfield. His mother died in 1862.
Some years after his mother's death Mr. Zorn came to Springfield and entered the employ of Oak Ridge Cemetery Association, later working two years in the rolling mills. He worked fourteen years for the Springfield Elevator Milling Company, then took up topman and stationary engineering and for ten years was employed by the Lincoln Coal Company. He is known as an efficient and skillful worker and stands well with his associates. He is a member of the United Brethren Church and is affiliated with the Yeomen of America. In politics he is a Democrat.
Mr. Zorn was married in Gardner Township, Sangamon County, September 9, 1872, to Amelia Winskey, born in Germany, September 6, 1857. Her father was an early settler of Salisbury Township and later moved to Gardner Township, where he again engaged in farming and there both he and his wife died. Nine children were born to Mr. Zorn and wife, of whom some are deceased, the others being: Mrs. Frank Carver, whose husband is a farmer living near Riverton; Mary, wife of Otto Winneborg, of Springfield; Rosie, wife of Elmer Glazebrook, of Peoria; Elma, living at home; Howard, a traveling salesman, living at New Orleans; Leo, at home. There are twelve grandchildren in the family. Mr. Zorn owns a comfortable home at 832 Osburn Avenue, where he as lived for some time.