From History of Whiteside County, Illinois - From Its Earliest Settlemennt to 1908 - VOL II - By William W. Davis, M. A. - Chicago: The Pioneer Publishing Co. 1908 _________________________________________
Among those who in former years were connected with the development of the rich, natural resources of Whiteside county in agriculture lines and are now living retired is numbered Charles Sturtz, who makes his home at No. 713 Second avenue, in Sterling. The place of his nativity is Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and the date July 6, 1837. The family comes of German lineage, but was established in the keystone state at an early day. The grandfather, Christian Sturtz, was there born and reared, and devoted his life to general farming. Both he and his wife reached advanced years and reared a large family, which included John Sturtz, father of our subject, who was born in Pennsylvania, and for many years followed farming in Somerset county, near Wellersburg. There he died in 1869 when about sixty-seven years of age. He married Rebecca Beal, likewise a native of Pennsylvania, as were her parents. She survived her husband for a number of years, and was about eighty at the time of her death. Both were members of the Lutheran church. Their family numbered fourteen children. Six are yet living: Herman, a resident of Sterling; Christina, the wife of James Close, of Wellersburg, Pennsylvania; Charles, of Sterling; Noah, of Iowa; Louise, the wife of Enoch Long, of Rock Falls, Illinois; and Edward, of Coshocton, Ohio.
Charles Sturtz was reared upon the home farm in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, assisting in the work of plowing, planting and harvesting. His early education, acquired in the district schools, was supplemented by study in the normal school, and he remained at home until he had attained his majority, after which he continued to operate the home farm on shares for several years. When the country needed the aid of her loyal sons he offered his services to the Union, enlisting in 1862 in Company H of the One Hundred and Seventy-first Pennsylvania regiment, with which he served about 10 months. In February, 1865, he again joined the boys in blue, with whom he continued until mustered out in Baltimore in June of that year. He participated in a number of skirmishes, but in no pitched battles. After the war he returned home to Somerset county, and in 1869 came west with his wife and five children, settling in Montmorency township, Whiteside county, Illinois, where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which he lived until 1903. In the interim he brought his farm under a high state of cultivation, transforming it into a richly improved tract from which he annually gathered good harvests. As the years passed, the sale of his crops brought to him a good financial return, and in 1903 he purchased a beautiful home at No. 713 Second avenue, where he and his wife still reside. The lady who bears his name was in her maidenhood Miss Catherine Kennel, a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (River) Kennel, natives of Somerset county, Pennsylvania. Her paternal grandfather, Christian Kennel, was likewise born in that state, and there married Hannah Leidig. They had twelve children and were well advanced in years when called to their final rest. The maternal grandparents of Mrs, Sturtz were Peter and Catherine (Long) River, natives of Pennsylvania. The grandfather was a farmer and their family numbered thirteen or fourteen children, six of whom reached maturity. Samuel Kennel, the father of Mrs, Sturtz, was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, and there died at the age of sixty-nine years, while his wife lived to the age of seventy-seven years. They were the parents of two sons and four daughters: Mrs, Sturtz; Hannah, the deceased wife of Jesse Sturtz, of Ellerslie, Maryland; Jesse, also of Ellerslie; Josiah, a resident of Scottdale, Pennsylvania; Samuel, who makes his home in Ellerslie, Maryland; and Jonathan, of Wellersburg, Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Sturtz had a family of thirteen children, ten sons and three daughters. Oscar, the eldest, who died in July, 1904, had married Daisy Willis and left two daughters, Hazel and Lucille. Charles Elmer, who is state's attorney in Henry county, Illinois, married Alice Price and has two daughters, Zola and Catherine. Alice is the wife of Herman Bachman, of Dixon, and they have three children, Clyde, Lulu and Esther. Wilson is a barber at Los Angeles, California. Martha is the wife of Arthur Emmitt, of Sterling, and they have three children, Ethel and Edith, twins, and Lloyd. Grant is a practicing dentist of Marionette, Wisconsin, who married Olga Johnson, and has one son, Lloyd. Louis, a photographer of Green Bay, Wisconsin, married Nettie Cole and has one son, Travers C Herman, a dentist of Iron Mountain, Michigan, married Bessie Battle, and has a daughter, Muriel. Lawrence, who operates the home farm, married Annie Sanger and they have a daughter, Elsie. Cora is the wife of Clarence Ward, of Van Patten, Illinois, and they have two sons, Harold and Louis. Edward, a stenographer and bookkeeper of Chicago, married Marie Johnson, by whom he has a daughter, Loraine. LeRoy and Harry are at home and the latter is now a senior in the high school of Sterling.
The parents are members of the Lutheran church and are much esteemed in the community, where the hospitality of the best homes is cordially extended them. In politics Mr. Sturtz is an earnest republican, having staunchly supported the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He was township assessor and collector while living on the farm, and in Pennsylvania served as justice of the peace, but his aspirations have not been in the line of office holding, although in matters of citizenship he is never remiss. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen Camp, and also to the Grant Army Post of Sterling, and thus maintains pleasant relations with his old army comrades. He has always manifested the same spirit of patriotism that he displayed when in the south he espoused the Union cause. During his residence in Whiteside county he has made an excellent record for upright manhood and honorable citizenship, and may well be classed with the representative men of the community.
More About Charles Sturtz and Catharine Kennel: Marriage: June 26, 1859, Southhampton, Pennsylvania.
Children of Charles Sturtz and Catharine Kennel are:
+Martha Ellen Sturtz, b. February 05, 1867, Wellersburg, PA, Somerset County, d. January 12, 1953, Sterling, Illinois.