Among the enterprising young farmers of Rose Township, Shelby County, none perhaps deserve higher praise than this gentleman whose ancestry is to be traced across the seas. His father, the late John Pfeiffer was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, April 2, 1835, and was the son of John Phillip Pfeiffer who was born in Germany and emigrated to Fairfield County, Ohio. He came to this county about the year 1877 and settled in Rose Township.

The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Anna M. Finka, her parents being John C. and Louisa Finka, natives of Germany. It was about the year 1843 when they left the old country and came to America, where they settled in Fairfield County, Ohio, and spent the remainder of their days. Mrs. Pfeiffer is the youngest of their four children, and she was born in Germany August 13, 1833.

After their marriage in Fairfield County, Ohio, the parents of our subject settled there for some before coming to Shelby County, Ill., where they made their home in Ridge Township, in March, 1864. For four years they resided there and then settled on section 5, Rose Township, where Mr. Pfeiffer died December 4, 1879. Their seven children are: John C.; Louisa M., now the wife of Leslie B. Barrett; Minnie C., the wife of Isaac Bales; Benjamin J., Jacob F., Edward W. and Emma M.

At the time of his death the father of these children owned a fine tract of one hundred and forty acres upon which he had erected good, suitable buildings. Since his demise his widow has carried on the farm most efficiently and successfully. He was prominent during his life in educational affairs and held some school offices. He was an active worker in the Lutheran Church to which he and his good wife had both been long united.

The subject of this sketch was born in Ridge Township, November 14, 1864, and was reared to manhood in Rose Township, where he was educated in the common schools. Here his marriage occurred November 27, 1888, Miss Minnie L.Fringer becoming his bride. The parents of this lady, Jacob and Mary (Stoner) Fringer are residents of Rose Township, and Mrs. Pfeiffer is the fifth in their family of seven children. She was born in Preston County, Va., May 16, 1871. One child, Lula May, has come to bless this home. Mr. Peiffer is a prominent and active member of the Lutheran Church anrl is a young man who gives promise of achieving true success in life. His good management as a farmer is abundantly attested by the excellent condition of his farm and the neat appearance of his buildings. Mrs. Pfeiffer has evinced capabilities which will, no doubt, aid her husband greatly in carrying on his life work and bring to her the enduring reputation which every woman should seek as a true neighbor, a faithful wife and a judicious mother.

Extracted 17 Dec 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 561.

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