Lot Bergstresser, County Clerk of Tazewell County, was born in Union County, Pa., April 17, 1834, being the son of Peter and Eilzabeth (Ulrich) Bergstresser. Educated in the public schools of his native county, at sixteen years of age he went to work for his father, being employed at the cabinet-maker’s trade for about two and a half years.
In August, 1854, Mr. Bergstresser removed to Pekin, Ill., and there found employment in a dry goods store. Thus he remained for eighteen years, when he engaged in the grocery business as junior member of the firm of Stout & Bergstresser, which connection continued six years longer. Then having bought out his partner, he conducted the business alone until 1891, when having closed out his grocery establishment. he engaged in the shoe trade, the firm in that year raking the name ot’ Craft & Bergstresser, under which style the business was conducted for five years.
Since reaching his majority Mr. Bergstresser has been a zealous Democrat and an active worker in the ranks of his party in Tazewell County: has served one term as Alderman for his ward in the city of Pekin, and two terms as a member of the School Board, being also a member of the Board of Supervisors for about four years. In 1898 he was elected County Clerk of Tazewell County on the Democratic ticket, and four years later (1902), being renominated by acclamation, was re-elected to the same office, which he still occupies. As a public official Mr. Bergstresser has made an excellent record, as shown by his repeated elections by a constituency who had tested his fitness for the public service.
On October 28, 1859, Mr. Bergstresser was married to Anna L. Crirttenden, and they have three children: Minnie, Cora and Fred L.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 978
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