Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 224

Barnhard Krebaum was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany, in the year 1781; came to America in 1834, and arrived in Havana, in this county, on the 3rd of July of that year, by the way of New Orleans. The Krebaum families were the third in Havana, and the fourth in Mason County. He resided here until the time of his death, which occurred in 1853, at the age of seventy –one years.

On his landing at Havana he found Mr. Ross and Mr. Myers – the only residents here. Mr. Shepherd, where Matanzas now is, and a Mr. Barnes, north of Havana, came near the same time. His family consisted of Frederick, Adolph, William, Edward and Charles G,; the latter born in this city, and the oldest inhabitant now here that is a native born. There are also two daughters. A very remarkable fact is this connection is that this family of sons and daughters are all yet living, with a single exception, viz: Edward, who died here some years ago. Frederick, the oldest son, is now sixty-three years old, and bids fair for many more years to be added to his longevity; and Charles G., the youngest, will be thirty-nine years old in December, this year.

These brothers have from their first settlement in the county been largely identified with its business interests. William built the first saw-mill in the county, and was in the employment of Scovil & Low in their mill on the bank of the Illinois River, and worked on the job of sawing the timbers for the first railroad in Illinois. Adolph has been county clerk for many years, and was the second incumbent of that office after the organization of the county. Charles G. is a member of the firm of Otto & Krebaum, extensive and successful grain dealers in Havana, whose business integrity commends them to all.

Transcribed by Mandy Reiley



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