Joseph BOGNER resides on section 15, Whitefield township, and is engaged in general farming, owning one hundred acres of the tract of one hundred and sixty acres which he now cultivates. He was born in Peoria county, Illinois, on the 7th of February, 1861, and is of German lineage. His father, Louis BOGNER, was born in Baden and when a young man came to the United States. He settled first in the state of New York, where he engaged in farming for some time, and then came to Illinois, establishing his home upon a farm in Peoria county. There he lived for a time, after which he came to Marshall county, where he still resides. Here he was also engaged in farming for a considerable period, but is now living retired in Henry, having in former years gained a competence that is sufficient to supply him with the necessities and comforts of life. In early manhood he wedded Miss Gertrude WEBER, also a native of Germany, and they have become the parents of eight children.
Joseph BOGNER began his education in the district, schools of Peoria county and while not busy with his text-books his time was largely devoted to farm labor, for he early took his place behind the plow and became familiar with the work of the fields from the time of early planting until crops were harvested in the late autumn. He has lived in Marshall county since he was thirteen years of age and is now carrying on general agricultural pursuits, cultivating a good farm of one hundred and sixty acres, of which he owns one hundred acres. This is rich and arable land and he annually harvests good crops, while upon his farm are al! of the modern equipments and accessories that go to facilitate the farm work and render the labors of the agriculturist of more avail in the acquirement of success.
On the 30th of January, 1885, occurred the marriage of Joseph BOGNER and Miss Kittie SLICHTER, a native of Saratoga township, Marshall county, and a daughter of August SLICHTER. Unto them have been born eight children: Edward, who is living in Henry; Gertrude, who died at the age of eighteen years; Frank and Theodore, who assist their father in the operation of the home farm; Joseph, at home; Bertha and Elmer, who are attending school; and Leo, a little lad of six years, who completes the family.
Mr. BOGNER has served continuously as school director during his residence in Whitefield township and is deeply interested in the cause and advancement of education, believing the public school system to be one of the bulwarks of the nation. His political allegiance is given to the democracy and he is a member of St. Mary's Catholic church. In his life he exemplifies many of the sterling traits of his German ancestry, possessing the spirit of industry and determination which have always characterized that, race and which have enabled him in his business career to make steady advancement on the high road to success.
Extracted July 2011 by Norma Hass from Past and Present of Marshall and Putnam Counties Illinois, 1907.