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Biography - Henry Grube

HENRY GRUBE, a retired farmer residing in Greenville, claims Pennsylvania as the State of his nativity. Lancaster County is the place of his birth, and the date September 1, 1823. He is a son of John and Anna (Summy) Grube, natives of Lancaster County. The father was a farmer by occupation, and followed that business throughout his entire life. In 1836, he removed to Clarke County, Ohio, where he purchased five hundred acres of land, making a home thereon until his death, which occurred on the 2d of November, 1880. His wife survived him for about five years, and died March 10, 1885. The paternal grandparents of our subject, Jacob and Susan (Wayland) Grube, were also born in Lancaster County. The former, who was of Swiss descent, was a boot and shoe maker by trade, but also engaged in farming. The maternal grandfather of our subject was Christian Summy, who was engaged in keeping a hotel, and also followed fanning. He was born in Lancaster County, where the birth of his wife, whose maiden name was Catherine Musselman, also occurred.

The subject of this sketch had no sisters and but one brother, Aaron, who was killed when twenty years of age in a railroad disaster in Montgomery County, Ohio. Henry spent his boyhood days upon his father's farm, and acquired his education in Pennsylvania. He remained at home until twenty-four years of age, when was celebrated his marriage with Miss Margaret J. Humphreys, of Clarke County, Ohio, daughter of James and Catherine Humphreys. They began their domestic life upon a farm in Clarke County, and Mr. Grube there continued agricultural pursuits from 1848 until 1868, when he removed to Springfield, Ohio, and there lived a retired life for two years. He then went to Jasper County, Ill., where he engaged in farming upon three hundred and forty-five acres of land for six months. Upon the expiration of that period, he removed to Clinton County and purchased a tract of land of one hundred and thirty-seven acres, of which fifty are situated in this county, although it is all in one body. He made his home thereon from 1870 until 1878, when he returned to Ohio to take care of his parents, and remained in the Buckeye State until the 20th of June, 1880. He then again came to his farm in Illinois, and since 1887 he has been a resident of Greenville. He also owns one hundred and sixty-four acres in LaGrange Township.

In 1887, Mr. Grube was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, who had borne him seven children, four of whom are yet living: Charles H. married Kate Whitaker, of Crawford County, Ill., and is engaged in the drug business; Dr. Robert H., a practicing physician, married Miss Margaret Ernshaw, of Dayton, O., and is now living in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Aaron C., a merchant of Fair Haven on Puget Sound, and George, a book agent for the Riverside Publishing House of St. Louis.

Mr. Grube's second marriage was celebrated in 1870, when Mrs. Emma L. Noe, of Grant County, Wis., became his wife. She is a daughter of Joseph and Mary A. Hall. Both Mr. and Mrs. Grube are leading members of the Presbyterian Church, and she is one of the earnest Christian workers of Illinois. In the church she serves as a Deaconess, is a member of the Missionary Society, and until last year was President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of the county. Mr. Grube is also a warm advocate of temperance principles, and votes with the Prohibition party. He is now living a retired life, enjoying a well-earned rest and a handsome competence, which has been acquired through his industrious and well-directed efforts. On coming to Greenville he purchased an acre of land, and owns one of the finest homes in the city.

Extracted 04 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 190-191.

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