Joseph A. Zerbes. justice of the peace, is recognized as one of the substantial citizens of Joliet, where he
was born, Sept. 24, 1880. He is a son of Casper and Anna (Rademacher) Zerbes.
Casper Zerbes was born in Trier, Germany. He served in the German army during the Franco-Prussian War and emigrated
to the United States in about 1873. He located first at Joliet and later purchased a farm in Plainfield Township,
which he sold in 1904. He spent the following eight years in Kansas as a farmer and upon his return to Joliet in
1912, lived retired. He died in March, 1917, and is buried at Joliet His wife, who died in 1882, was a native of
Joliet Township. Mr. Zerbes was a Republican and a member of the Catholic Church. There were four children in the
Zerbes family: Frank, a farmer, lives at Troy, Ill.; Eliabeth, married Henry Dwenger, lives at Joliet; Anna, married
Frank Metzinger, lives at Caldwell, Kans.; and Joseph A., the subject of this sketch.
Joseph A. Zerbes attended the public schools of Plainfield, Ill., and spent his youth on his father's farm. He
went to Kansas in 1904 but the following year returned to Joliet, where he successfully engaged in the real estate
business until 1918, specializing in the sale of Western lands. Since 1918 he has been interested in the general
insurance business, and also deals extensively in the sale of farm lands. He has offices in the Barber Building.
In April, 1925, Mr. Zerbes was elected justice of the peace.
In June, 1906, Mr. Zerbes was united in marriage with Miss Angela Kraker, the daughter of Marcus and Jacobina (Gorgas)
Kraker, the former a native of Australia, and the latter of Germany. Mr. Kraker was president of the Joliet Limestone
Company. He died in October, 1924, and his wife died in 1922. They are buried at Joliet.
Mr. and Mrs. Zerbes have two daughters, Celia Rose and Anna.
Mr. Zerbes holds membership in the Catholic Church and belongs to the Eagles Lodge, Ariel No. 377, Lions Club,
and Chamber of Commerce.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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