JOHN H LANGE
One of the extensive farmers of Brown county is John Henry Lange, who belongs to the class of German-American citizens whose energy and enterprise make him a valuable addition to any community. A native of Hessen, Germany, he is a son of Adam and Anna M. (Werner) Lange, who crossed the Atlantic to America and became residents of Illinois. The father died in Springfield, that state, and the mothers death occurred in Menard county. Their children were John H.; Justus, a minister of the gospel, living in Emporia, Kansas; Martha, widow of Dietrich Grube, of Springfield, Illinois; Lizzie, wife of V. Morwitz, and a resident of Springfield; Frank, deceased; and Lena, wife of Charles Hosdick, of Springfield.
John Henry Lange spent his early boyhood days in the Fatherland and in 1852 accompanied his parents in their emigration to the new world. A location was first made in New Jersey, but later he went with his family to Menard county, Illinois, where he aided in the development and cultivation of the home farm. He was thus engaged at the time of the inauguration of the civil war. In response to the country's call for troops he donned the blue and became a member of Company I, Thirty-second Illinois Infantry,. under command of Colonel John Logan, and was mustered into the service at Camp Butler and from there went to Bird Point, Missouri, and later to Tennessee. participating in the movements that resulted in the battles of Forts Henry and Donelson. He also took part in the battle of Shiloh, and was in the vicinity of the battle of Corinth. The regiment next went to Grand Junction, Tennessee, and took part in the battle of Lamar. From La Grange the Thirty-second Illinois started for Vicksburg, Mississippi, but on arriving at a spot near, they learned of the capture of the Federal supplies by the rebels and were sent to Lumpkins Mill, where the regiment were encamped two months. Leaving that place with Vicksburg as the objective point they embarked on a transport at Memphis, passed below the city of Vicksburg and landed at Warrenton. The Thirty-second Illinois held a position on the left of the army at Vicksburg and after the siege and surrender went to Jackson and Scranton and participated in the Meridian campaign. The regiment was afterwards stationed at Big Black river and while there Mr. Lange was granted a furlough of thirty days, which he spent at home. Upon his return to the field he was placed upon detached service in the commissary department and was thus engaged until the end of the war, receiving an honorable discharge March 30, 1865.
For six months thereafter Mr. Lange continued at the family home in Menard county, Illinois, and then came to Kansas, having received favorable reports from his brother concerning the opportunities afforded in this state. His first work on reaching the county was fence-building in the employ of Conrad Halberstadt, his future father-in-law. On the 1st of the following February he wedded the daughter, Caroline Halberstadt, and their union has been blessed with nine children, namely: Justus H., who married Sarah Jenkins and resides near Robinson; Lena; Adam, who married Lucinda Moffit and resides in Brown county; Caroline, wife of Homer Truax; John C.; Mary E., wife of E. H. Douglas; George W.; Cora L. and Walter E.
Since his marriage Mr. Lange has carried on agricultural pursuits on his own account and as his financial resources have increased he has added to his property interests until he now owns very extensive realty holdings. He owns six hundred and eighty acres and his farm is conveniently and pleasantly located in Robinson township, not far from the village of that name. He is one of the earnest and ardent Republicans of Brown county and has served as a member of the township central committee. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church and his life has ever been in harmony with his professions, commanding the respect and confidence of his fellow men. His business career has been characterized by energy and honorable dealing and his duties of citizenship have ever been discharged with the same loyalty which he manifested when on southern battle fields he followed the stars and stripes.