ZUCKSWERTH, HENRY, a successful farmer living on Sections 21 and 22, Ball Township, Sangamon County, Ill., is a useful and public-spirited citizen and is much esteemed by all who know him, for his high character and benevolence. Mr. Zuckswerth was born in Brown County, Ind., March 8, 1856, and is a son of Christian G. and Henrietta (Lamberzahl) Zuckswerth, both natives of Germany. The father was a tanner and engaged in this occupation in Germany for some time before coming to America. He located in Ohio, there engaged in tanning, and later came to Brown County, Ind., where he engaged in farming. His death occurred in Wellsboro, Ind., in 1882. Both his parents and those of his wife spent their lives in Germany.
The boyhood of Henry Zuckswerth was spent on his father's farm and he attended the country schools of Indiana. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years of age, then rented a farm of his father, and after his marriage lived for ten years on the farm where he was born. He then came to Sangamon County and worked on various farms, first one near Mechanicsburg, then for Joseph Gatton (who lived near Mr. Zuckswerth's present home), and for a time for T. A. Shepherd, after which he rented the Gatton farm. He also rented a farm from Charles Shepherd for two years, then purchased sixty acres of his present farm, to which he has been able to add from time to time, as his finances warranted, until he now owns 119 acres of land. He has won a high standing in the community and has become known as a public-spirited, useful citizen, always ready to do his share towards promoting the general welfare. He has always been a Democrat in political views and has for some time served as Road Overseer.
Mr. Zuckswerth was married in Brown County, Ind., March 22, 1877, to olive S. King, Rev. William Connor performing the ceremony. Mrs. Zuckswerth was born in Brown County March 16, 1858, and is a daughter of William L. and Mary (Monroe) King, both natives of Ohio, the former of whom died in Brown County and the latter in Bartholomew County, Ind., and he a farmer by occupation. The father of Mrs. King was a native of Ohio and died in Indiana. Mr. Zuckswerth and his wife have no children of their own, but have shown their Christian character and kindness of heart by adopting two children, namely: Oscar E. Zuckswerth, born August 18, 1875, and a son of Louis Zuckswerth, who died in Indiana, and Arthur R. Clark, born in Springfield, August 26, 1895. The latter was taken by the Zuckswerth family from the Home of the Friendless in Springfield when he was but four years of age, and has been tenderly cared for by his foster-parents. They have reared Oscar from a tender age, and both boys have been given good educational advantages. Mr. Zuckswerth and his wife are always ready to lend their aid and sympathy to those in trouble or need and take great satisfaction and pleasure in the good deeds they are able to accomplish. Both are members of the Methodist Church and carry their religious thoughts and principles into their everyday lives. Mr. Zuckswerth has won success as the result of persistent efforts and untiring industry. He and his wife are insured in the Franklin Life and Mutual Protective League societies.