On November 8, 1891 the Vincennes Commercial ran a special section on Allison Township, Lawrence County. Six local men were featured in this article. Each day this week we will be presenting one or two of these 'advertisements.'
John G Zeilinger farmer and stock raiser.
Just across the Township line dividing Russell and Allison Township from the Gerhart homestead , and on an adjoining farm resides John George Zeilinger where he has resided for the last 26 years. Mr.Zeilinger is 70 years old. He was born in Bavaria Germany in 1821. He came to America in 1845 when he was but 24 years old. He located at Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, where he remained for six years and removed to Clay County Indiana where he remained 14 years and removing from there to Lawrence County Illinois on April 1, 1865, where he purchased the farm he now occupies, where he has resided continuously, except one year which he spent in Vincennes Indiana. His first marriage occurred in Bavaria Germany, where he married Miss Magdaline Schuster. To this union there were born seven children, three boys now dead and four girls still living. All of his children were born in the United States. His first wife died, and in 1874 he married Mrs. Hannah Lahr, widow of the late Anton Lahr. He has no children by his last wife, but his wife had five children when he married her, Tony the youngest, now attending school at Danville Indiana, having made his home with Mr. Zelinger since his marriage to his mother in 1874. Mr. Zeilinger has two daughters who still reside with their father. He is the happy possessor of 800 acres of fine land, 500 of which is in one body, all of which is in cultivation and produces an average of 50 bushels of corn and 25 bushels of wheat to the acre. He has a fine orchard, a nice two-story frame house and a large barn, a fine windmill or pump all making a very desirable home. He raises a great deal of stock composed principally of cattle and hogs. Mr. Zeilinger’s hospitality is seldom equaled.