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I wanted to share this family photo of Walter Hess with the community. Location: Momence, Kankakee, Illinois USA. Date: 1869. Walter is my husband's second g-grandfather. He was also one of the earliest settlers in our hometown of Momence, IL. Our town was settled in 1834 and Walter settled in Momence in 1839, making him the 10th or 11th settler.
Almost every citizen in Momence today has some connection to Walter in one way or another.
He was the Sheriff, and breed expensive horses. He was also a farmer. His family was originally from Germany and settled in Palatine, New York with nothing.
I am proud of everything that Walter Hess accomplished and who the Hess family is today.
Thank you for looking at my picture.
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