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Alphonso Woerly

WOERLY, Alphonso, proprietor of a successful machine shop, in Macomb, Ill., was born in Alsace, Germany, March 16, 1860, and there underwent his mental training in the public school. His father and mother, George and Mary A. (Von Rosbach) Woerly, were also natives of Alsace. Having learned the machinist's trade in Germany, the son came in 1883, to the United States, locating in McDonough County, where he was engaged in farming for ten years in Chalmers Township. He then moved to Macomb, and worked in various shops in that city for ten years longer. In 1902, he purchased the machine shop of George R. Cooper, on East Calhoun Street. This shop does all kinds of general repairing in the machine line, making a specialty of engines and threshing machines. Mr. Woerly is a thoroughly competent machinist, careful and painstaking, and the work turned out at his shop is such as to give general satisfaction.

The subject of this sketch was married in 1884 to Florence Ulrich, who was born in Alsace, Germany, and attended school in this country. Nine children have been born to them, namely: Annie, Leo, Albert, Catherine, Louis, Martin, Lena, Bertie and Francis. In politics, Mr. Woerly supports the principles of the Democratic party. His religious connection is with the Catholic Church.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 1049, extracted 26 Oct 2020 by Norma Hass.

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