Frank H. Albers, Deputy Circuit Clerk of Clinton County, and an influential citizen of Carlyle, was born in Germantown, Ill., January 18, 1860. He is of direct German descent, his father, Franz ALBERS, having been born and reared in that country. Emigrating thence to the United States, he proceeded at once to Illinois and became one of the first settlers of Germantown Township, Clinton County. Beginning here with limited means, but with an abundance of energy, tact and keen judgment, he gradually attained prosperity, and at the time of his death was numbered among the successful and wealthy farmers of the county, his landed possessions aggregating several thousand acres. He passed away in 1866, at the age of fifty-three years. Three years prior to his demise his wife departed this life, aged forty-four years. A native of Germany, she was known in maidenhood as Christina DIECKMANN.

In the parental family there were seven children, all of whom attained mature years, and five are now living. They are, Theodore, who is living on the old homestead; Elizabeth SHERMAN, whose husband is in the milling business at Germantown; Catharine, the wife of H. ALBERS, a resident of Germantown Township, Clinton County, who though bearing, the same name is not related to our subject; Caroline, the wife of F. H. WERRIES, who is engaged in the bakery and confectionery business at Nickerson, Kan.; and F. H., of this sketch. Those deceased are, Mary, who became the wife of Clements NIEBUR and died in Breese, Ill.; and Christena, who married Dr. Charles E. GISSY and died in Breese.

Spending the days of childhood upon the home farm, our subject at the age of twelve years came to Carlyle, where he made his home with a brother-in-law. His education was commenced in this county and completed in the St. Louis University, where he prosecuted his studies for three years. For about six years he filled a clerkship in Carlyle, and in 1888 accepted the position of Deputy Circuit Clerk, in which position he is still serving to the utmost satisfaction of all concerned. For four years he has been Township Collector. Since Mr. NIEHOFF, the present Circuit Clerk, has been holding the office of Inspector of Insurance at Springfield, he has had the entire control of the office at this point.

Reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church, with which his parents were identified, Mr. Albers is prominently connected with that religious organization at Carlyle. Politically a Democrat, he has ever taken an active interest in the welfare of his party, and no one rejoices more at its success than does he. He is the owner of considerable valuable property in Clinton County, including two hundred and twenty-four acres in Germantown Township, two tracts of eighty-four and forty acres respectively in Looking Glass Township, and some farming land in Santa Fe Township. The land has been placed under a high state of cultivation, improved with good buildings, and is devoted to the raising of grain.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Clinton, Washington, Marion and Jefferson Counties, Illinois, 1894, Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, IL

Submitted by: Connie Albers

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