A. C. Kastien, blacksmith and machinist, East Peoria, Tazewell County, Ill., was born at Bunker Hill, Ill., in 1868, the son of William and Hannah (Ellerbrake) Kastien, both of whom were natives of Germany, born in 1830 and 1834, respectively. A. C. Kastien was educated in the common schools, and early began life as a blacksmith and machinist. He came to Tazewell County in 1903, and is now well established in business in East Peoria. He operated a machine-shop at Bunker Hill for eleven years, and was foreman for the Colean Manufacturing Company for a year and a half before engaging in his present business, during which he built the first traction engine for this company. Mr. Kastien is sole inventor of the Link Cutting attachment for milling machines used in the manufacture of traction engines and locomotive links. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was, while residing in Bunker Hill Township, Township Collector of Taxes. In politics he is a Republican. In 1891 he was married in Chicago to Miss Lizzie Campbell, a native of Virginia, and they have two children: Robert and Harry.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1033
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