Source: History of Bureau County, IL
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publisher Company 1885
Reprinted by: Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Charles Wolfersberger, Princeton, was born in Lebanon County, Penn., July 13, 1828. He is of German descent, and his parents John and Elizabeth (Carper) Wolfersberger, were both natives of Lebanon County, Penn. His mother died there February 25, 1852, at the age of sixty-one years, two months and twenty-three days. Charles Wolfersberger spent most of his youth in Campbellstown, Penn., farming and attending school. At the age of seventeen he went to Cumberland County, Penn., where he learned the trade of a shoe-maker, serving three years as apprentice and two years at jouney work. In 1851 he removed to Illinois, and for several moths worked at his trade at Princeton. In October, 1851, he bought a frarm in Berlin Township, removed to it the following spring, and has since been engaged in farming. In 1867 he built on his present farm in Princeton Township, northeast quarter, Section 1, where he has since resided. He also owns the northwest quarter of Section 6, in Selby Township.
He was married in Cumberland County, Penn. August 20, 1849, to Susanna Fahnesstock. She was born in the same county February 17, 1830. Her father, Dr. Samuel Fahnesstock, died when she was eighteen months old. Both he and his wife, Sarah N. Colier, were natives of Cumberland County, Penn. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfersberger are the parents of ten children, seven of whom are living: John F., born August 24, 1850, in Cumberland County, Penn. now in Leadville, Col.; Mary E., September 7, 1852, in Bureau County, Ill, wife of Edward Scott, of Selby Township; Ida A., August 9, 1857, wife of Franklin Cottrell, of Menlo, Iowa; Sarah M., November 28, 1859, wife of Samuel Rinker, of Malden; Cora B., December 16, 1861, died May 23, 1865; Charles E., January 15, 1864, is at home; Lilly, March 19, 1866; Minnie Annetta, September 5, 1867, died April 22, 1869; George S., November 12, 1870; Susan Maud, February 18, 1874.
Mr. Wolfersberger is Repubican in politics. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Malden.