William F. Streitmatter. Page 438-439 Portrait and Biographical Album Peoria Co. 1890
One of the most thrifty, progressive and liberal-minded citizens of Akron Township, is the gentleman with whose name this sketch is introduced. His pleasant dwelling is located on section 10, where he owns four hundred acres of land supplied with a complete line of buildings and the various improvements which might be expected of a man of progressive ideas. Farming having been the life-work of Mr. Streitmatter, he is thoroughly informed regarding the peculiar qualities of soils, the best methods of fertilizing, and the rotation of crops which will produce the best results. having prospered in life, he is able to surround his family with many comforts and bestow upon his children excellent advantages.
Our subject is a native of Baden, Germany, and son of respectable German parents with whom he came to America in 1848. He was then about six years old, his natal day having been March 14, 1842. The family settled in the Empire State, living there until the fall of 1851, when they turned their footsteps westward, making a new home in Akron Township, this county. Three weeks after their arrival here the mother departed this life. The father, Michael Streitmatter, survived until 1868. The family consisted of six sons and two daughters, our subject being the youngest member.
The womanly virtues of Miss Maria Munck, a native of Wurtemburg, Germany, but from early childhood a resident on American soil, won the regard of our subject, who was successful in his wooing and secured her companionship as his wife. Prior to that event he had lived with his father, but the circumstances were then reversed, the father becoming an inmate of his son's household, continuing until his death. To our subject and his good wife seven children were born, the bright group bearing the names of Rosa A., Louisa, William A., Emil, Matilda, Clara and David. The devoted mother and faithful companion was called from time to eternity September 21, 1888, leaving many mourning hearts in the circle which she had frequented.
Mr. Streitmatter and his family are attendants of the Omish Church. He is a firm supporter of the principles of Democracy, believing that when thoroughly carried out they best promote the public welfare. he takes an earnest interest in all which seems in his judgment adapted to build the material prosperity, moral or educational advancement of the community, and the respect in which he is held is in accord with his ability and worth of character.