Albert E. Markgraf, the present capable and popular sheriff of Will County, Ill., was born at Romeo, Ill., Dec.
4, 1870, a son of Albert and Minnie (Brandis) Markgraf.
Albert Markgraf was born in Berlin, Germany, and his wife was born in Scharmicak, Germany, and were married there,
emigrating to the United States in 1869, and settled in Romeo, Ill. He learned the cooperage trade in his native
land but after coming to Illinois worked for a time on the old canal, after which he followed farming in Joliet
Township. His farm was located on the Wilmington Road. From this place he removed to Joliet, where he purchased
four acres of land at Patterson Road and Branden Avenue, where he built a house and carried on farming in a small
way. He died in 1919 and his wife died in 1922. Both are buried in Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet. Mr. Markgraf was
a Republican and a member of the German Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Markgraf six children were born: Albert
E., the subject of this sketch; Minnie, married William Kemner, lives in Joliet; William, deceased; Eda, married
Fred Brockmann, resides in Joliet Township; Elizabeth, married Carl Cristman, lives in Ransom County, North Dakota;
and Frank, who lives at Granite City, Ill.
Albert E. Markgraf attended the public schools of Romeo and worked on various farms in his community. He was stationary
engineer for the Zarley Stone Company, and when this concern was purchased by the National Stone Company he was
made superintendent for the company and remained in this capacity for nine years. In 1914 in partnership with a
Mr. Greenberg he established a crushed stone business in Joliet Township which was successfully conducted until
1917, when the business was sold to Mitchell & Peterson, of Chicago. For the next three years Mr. Markgraf
bought and sold machinery, and on Aug. 1, 1920, he established the Markgraf Stone Company, in partnership with
Herman Nussmyer and Frank Nussmyer, and in which he is still interested. On Nov. 2, 1926, Mr. Markgraf was elected
sheriff of Will County.
Mr. Markgraf was married in July, 1897, to Miss Emma Wilhelm, a daughter of W. C. and Martha Wilhelm, natives of
Pennsylvania. To Mr. and Mrs. Markgraf three children were born: Helen, married Leo Lamb, chief deputy sheriff,
Joliet; Linda Mary, at home; and Albert E., Jr., a student, at home.
Fraternally Mr. Markgraf is affiliated with Lodge No. 296, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Lodge No. 300,
Loyal Order of Moose; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is a stanch Republican and a member of the English
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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