Joseph Wintakger is the owner of two hundred and forty five acres
of fine land situated seven miles northwest of Manchester, also
of thirty acres of timber, and is by occupation a farmer and
stock raiser. He was born in Bohemia, May 7, 1850, a son of
Charles and Ellen (Miller) Wintakger, both of whom were natives
of that country. On the 23d of December, 1853, when he was but
three years of age, the family landed at New York and
subsequently made their way to Illinois, where they remained
until the following March. They the removed to Richland township,
this county, and settled upon a farm near Forestville. The
father, who was a successful merchant, died in Richland township
January 20, 1900, and was survived for three years by his widow,
who passed away July 8, 1903, at the residence of the subject of
this review, in Coffins Grove township. To their union were born
three children, those besides Joseph being Hannah, who became the
wife of Herman Hanson of Richland township, and died in 1901; and
Mary, who married James McFarland of Manchester, and died
December 7, 1888.
Joseph Wintakger received his education in the public schools of
this county and through assisting his father in the work of the
farm became an efficient agriculturist. After reaching years of
manhood he decided to make his life work that of a farmer as he
believed it to be profitable and on the whole pleasant. In 1905
he purchased his present farm of two hundred and forty five
acres, which is situated on section 6, Coffins Grove township,
and he has since concentrated his labors upon the cultivation and
improvement of the farm and the raising of grain and live stock.
He is enterprising and progressive, and as he is also thrifty and
judicious in his investments his resources are constantly
On the 7th of May, 1879, Mr. Wintakger was united in marriage
with Miss Barbara Millen, a native of Bohemia. To Mr. and Mrs.
Wintakger five children were born, three of whom are living:
Emma, at home; Frank, who died in infancy; J. M., also at home;
Hannah, who died at the age of ten; and William, also at home.
The wife and mother died April 11, 1909, which was Easter Sunday,
and her demise is still mourned by those who were closely
associated with her. Mr. Wintakger has utilized the opportunities
which this as yet un-crowded country offers and has thus won
material prosperity, and by reason of his upright life he has
also gained the good will and confidence of his fellowmen.