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Was born in Germany, in the year 1816, and emigrated to the United States in 1832, locating in Pennsylvania, where he remained two years, and then moved to Pike county, Illinois, and settled on section 7, in Spring Creek township. He lived on that farm for eight years, when he purchased another on section 19, in the same township, upon which he now resides.

Mr. Windmiller has been one of the most successful farmers and stock raisers of this country. The Louisiana branch of the St. Louis railroad running through his home farm, and he being a man of enterprise, has built a fine house close to where the depot is to be built, and has opened a good hotel in the flourishing little town of Nebo, where the weary traveler will find good accommodation. Mr. Windmiller is the father of twelve children seven sons and five daughters, nine of whom are still living, and doing well.