Anna M. Engle (William3, Margaret2, John1) sends this autobiography: "I am the youngest child and fourth daughter of William and Almira Gordon Engle. I was born near Berea, Ohio, February 9, 1853. I lived with my parents on the home farm, receiving excellent home teaching and training, assisting in the household and and social duties, attending public school and fully enjoying such environment until my marriage August 27, 1874, to G. N. Kerstetter. Then my married life began at Berea, Ohio. Three children were born to us in Berea. In the fall of 1882 my husband moved with his family to Leaman, Ill., where for some time he was employed as foreman in the Leaman quarry. The quarry company becoming insolvent, for a time he carried on the stone business on his own resources.
During the first 18 years of our life in Illinois we passed through many experiences similar to those which we read about in the lives of pioneers. Our garden and truck crops were frequently destroyed by high water. Pigs and chickens were carried away by the floods; fences were destroyed and we suffered many losses. Buildings, fences and harvested crops were often burned by fires started by sparks from engines on the railroad. Then the numerous snakes were a constant source of worry as we feared that the children might be bitten. We passed through our hardships and adversities successfully, educated our children and enjoyed many of life's choicest pleasures. At the expiration of 18 years we moved to Marietta, Ill., where we have since resided. We erected a modern dwelling house which is now our home.
One of the richest blessings that has come to me in the West has been my improved health. When I came to Illinois in 1882 my weight was 115 pounds. At this time, 1911, I weigh 200 pounds and enjoy perfect health."
Mable, b. Nov. 22, 1875, d. Nov. 15, 1901.
Bessie, b. Aug. 27, 1878.
Roy G., b. May 9, 1880.
Mable Kerstetter, (Annie4, William3, Margaret2, John1) eldest child of Annie and G.N. Kerstetter, was born in Berea, Ohio, November 22, 1875. She removed with her parents to Leaman, Ill., in 1882. She was married September 13, 1895, to R.J. Zeigler, a young farmer of Smithfield, Ill. They soon went to Missouri where they purchased a farm. Mrs. Zeigler died there November 15, 1901. Two little daughters were left motherless. Their grandmother, Mrs. Annie Kerstetter, at once took them to her home and is tenderly caring for them.
Annie S., b. Jan. 9, 1897.
Zulah M., b. May 17, 1900.
Annie S. won the scholarship offered by the township of Harris and is now attending Macomb Normal School at Macomb, Ill., where she is fitting herself to become a teacher of Latin.
Zulu is a musician and is taking lessons in vocal and instrumental music.
Bessie (Annie4, William3, Margaret2, John1) is the second daughter of Annie M. and G. M. Kerstetter. She was born August 27, 1878, in Berea, Ohio. When she was four years old her parents moved to Leaman, Ill. Here she attended the public schools. She became the wife of A. W. Rose and for a time they continued to reside in Leaman. They then removed to Marietta, Ill., where Mrs. Rose has dressmaking and millinery parlors. Mr. Rose is a carpenter and mason.
Grace A., b. Aug. 27, 1896.
Roy, b. Oct. 27, 1899.
Both children were born in Leaman. Grace A. is attending school in Marietta, Ill., and in vacation time is "Hello" girl in the telephone exchange there.
Roy G., (Annie4, William3, Margaret2, John1) youngest child of Annie M. and G. M. Kerstetter, had his birth May 9, 1880, in the Grindstone City of Berea, Ohio. The family removed to Leaman, Ill., in 1882, and he grew to manhood there amid the scenes described in the sketch of his mother's life.
Since he was 20 years old he has been in the employ of the P.R. & W. R.R. Co. as conductor. He married Miss Ola M. Oliver. Their home is in Peoria, Ill. Their two children attend school in Peoria.
Charles Albert, b. Oct. 27, 1901.
Thelma M., b. May 18, 1906.