This gentleman, the present principal of the schools of Aviston, is a native of the state, and was born in Washington county on the 2nd of August, 1855. His father, Leubert HUSMANN, was born in Hanover, Germany, came to America in 1843, and settled in Washington county, of this state. He married, as his second wife, Mary WENTE, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany. On coming to America, she resided for a time in St. Louis, and then came to Washington county, where she married Leubert HUSMANN. Barney HUSMANN was the second of four children by this marriage, and is the only one now living. He lived in Washington county till ten years of age, and then his father moved with the family to Sigel, Shelby county, and there Mr. HUSMANN's boyhood was principally spent. After attending public and private schools in Shelby county, at the age of sixteen he entered St. Joseph's college at Teutopolis, Illinois, in which institution he was a student two years. After leaving school he came to Blue Mound, or St. Rose, in this county, and took charge of the school at that place. He was then only eighteen years of age. He remained at St. Rose three years. After teaching for a time at Effingham, he took charge of a school at Green Creek, four miles north of Effingham, in Effingham county, where he also resided three years. While living there he was married to Elizabeth JANSEN, who was born at Green Creek, and was the daughter of A. B. JANSEN, the present member of the Board of Supervisors of Effingham county, from Douglas township. The date of this marriage was the 10th of October, 1876. The latter part of the year 1878 he kept a store at St. Rose, and in January, 1879, came to Aviston and took charge of the public school as principal. There are two assistant teachers, and the school numbers nearly two hundred scholars. Under his management the school has been conducted in prosperous and efficient manner, and Mr. HUSMANN occupies a high position among the teachers of Clinton county. He has three children, whose names are - Mary, Maggie, and William. In his political belief he is a strong supporter of the democratic party, with which he has always acted, since old enough to exercise the right of suffrage. Since the spring of 1881 he has filled the office of justice of the peace. He is a young man of energy and of sociable and agreeable manners, and is favorably known throughout the county.
Source: History of Marion and Clinton Counties, Illinois, 1881, Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia
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