Found the following article in a paper published in Breckinridge County,Cloverport, KY. The Hamman listed is my g-grandfather. Does anyone know more info on Peter Richert (spelled Richard in paper)...as in where was he born or raised before he came to America. I'm trying to pin-point the exact location my g-grandfather is from.
The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, KY
Wednesday, October 5, 1904
NOT THE PLACE
Mr. Richard, Western Farmer, Says Young Men Should Not Settle In Illinois.
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Richard, of Mendota LaSalle county, Ill., and Mrs. Chas. Hafele, of Cannelton, Ind., were in the city several days last week the guests of Mr. and Mrs. M. Hamman. Mr. Richard and Mr. Hamman were schoolmates and friends in Germany, their native country, and had not seen each other for the past forty-four years. Years ago Mr. Richard resided at Cannelton. About forty-four years ago was the last time he was in Cloverport, and, of course, he sees great changes in the town.
When Mr. Richard settled in Illinois he bought a prairie farm of 200 acres for $49.75 an acre. Recently he sold his farm for $100 an acre or for $20,000. A brother of his who settled in Illinois with very little means, is now worth $100,000.
Mr. Richard says that Illinois is not the country for a young man to settle in now, as it once was, because land there is too high. The Dakotas and southern Canada, where there are millions of acres of land as fertile as Illinois soil and much cheaper, is the place for the young man of the East to settle if he wants to go West, says Mr. Richard.