KLINTWORTH, HENRY, a veteran of the Civil War, is now retired from active life and since 1892 has lived in his pleasant home at 1410 East Brown Street, Springfield. He was born in Hanover, Germany, January 12, 1831, son of Peter and Adeline Klintworth, natives of Germany, where both spent their entire lives. The father owned a farm and conducted it until his death. There were six children in the family and all came to America and settled. They were: Adeline, Benjamin, Henry, Peter, Dieterich, John, who was killed in a sugar refinery in London, England, where he lived for a time.
Henry Klintworth spent his boyhood on a farm and was educated in Hanover. He left school at the age of fourteen years and in 1853 came to America with a brother, landing in New York City. He went to Philadelphia and soon afterward found employment on a railroad, where he spent a short time, then worked a few months in a sugar refinery, after which he and his brother Peter went to Chicago, remained there nine days, then went to Milwaukee and thence to Madison, Wis., where he worked two months in a brick yard for $22 a month and his board. He then went on to Minnesota, where he found a German settlement, where he was welcomed and warmly invited to remain. He worked tow months for a Norwegian manufacturer in a lime kiln, receiving $80 per month for his services, then went to St. Louis for a time, and there changed his gold money for paper, receiving $1.75 in paper for each gold dollar he traded. In 1857 Mr. Klintworth came to Springfield, where he worked in a brick yard about four years.
In 1861, when President Lincoln issued his first call for troops, to the number of 75,000, Mr. Klintworth enlisted for three months, in Company A, Fifth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, at St. Louis, and at the end of his term enlisted for three years and served under General Sigel Osterhaus. He participated in many important battles and many skirmishes. Among them were those at Camp Jackson, Booneville, Springfield, (Mo.), Pea Ridge and Little Rock, (Ark.). He went to the State of Louisiana, on July 4, 1863, crossed the Mississippi River to Vicksburg, and took part in the siege against that city; served on pilot duty on a transport to Cairo, Ill.; thence proceeded up the Ohio River to Cumberland, thence up the Tennessee River to a short distance, and then returned the same way to Vicksburg. He was discharged from service at the close of the war, at St. Louis, Mo., and went from there to Springfield, Ill., where he located permanently. He was a brave and faithful soldier, whose record speaks for itself.
After the war Mr. Klintworth purchased a small piece of land in Sangamon County, where he carried on gardening until he retired from active life, purchasing the home he still occupies.
Mr. Klintworth was married, in 1871, to Mary (Bose) Klintworth, daughter of Frederick and Mary Bose, and widow of John Klintworth, who was a brother of Henry Klintworth. She was first married in London, and after her husband was killed in the sugar refinery there, brought her son Fred with her to America. She had five children by her first marriage, of whom Peter died in South Carolina, July 18, 1899; henry, died in infancy; Frederick, of Pawnee, Ill.; Dieterich, died in London, at the age of three years; Catherine, born in London, was brought to America by Peter Klintworth and his wife, and grew to womanhood in Springfield, where she was married, in 1881, to Frank Richards, an employee of the Standard Oil Company at Springfield. Mr. and Mrs. Richards live with Mr. Klintworth and have six children: Eda, Elizabeth, Frank, William, Marguerite and Wilbur. Mr. Klintworth and the members of his family are devout members of the German Lutheran Church. He is much interested in public affairs and in politics is a Republican. He is well known in the community and genuinely respected.