My Present Past
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Wyanet, Illinois
Albert Gustave Hugo was born July 16, 1842 in Helmstedt, Germany. While in Helmstedt he served for three
years in the German calvary His father,
Dr. Charles Hugo arrived in the United States in 1859 and Albert
followed arriving on the ship Pennsylvania from Liverpool on May 06, 1867. Both
father and son locating in
Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois. Albert opened up a saddlery and harness business.  He met Katherine Engel,
the daughter of John and Jacobine (Hauter) Engel and they were married July 02, 1871 in Wyanet, Illinois.
Of this union three children were born,
Albert M (Bertie), Ada M, and Charles John.
On December 26, 1878 he was naturalized as a U. S. Citizen in Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois.
He and Katherine remained in
Wyanet until 1885, moving to Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. He acquired a job
as a
clerk and timekeeper for the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, working with his cousin, Clifford
Nichols who was a Trainmaster at the same location. He and Kate remained in Topeka until 1901, where they
moved to
Okawville, Washington County, Illinois. There he purchased the old Pecan Grove Creamery property to
build his retirement home and to pursue his artistic abilities.
Albert Gustave Hugo died
February 06, 1905 in Okawville, Washington County, Illinois. His remains were first
interred at
Hillcrest Abbey Crematory and Mausoleum in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1932 they were removed and
sent to George D. Engel of Liberty, Missouri who would deposit his remains next to his wife at
Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois.
One friend who understands us and our needs,
Brings us more near to God, than all the splendor
And seeming worship and vain needs.

Albert G Hugo, Wyanet, Illinois 1873

Albert Hugo
Wyanet, Illinois   November 14, 1878
Katherine Engel was born February 11, 1848 in Metz, Lorraine France to John B and Jacobine (Hauter) Engel.
The Engel family immigrated to the United States from France in 1852. First settling in Auburn, New York
where Katherine's younger brother,
Edward John was born in 1854. Moving to Covington, Kentucky soon after
the birth of Edward, they remained there until their arrival to
Bureau County, Illinois in 1856. Kate attended
school in Wyanet as a child. After completing school in 1866, she became a milliner and was living in
Bureau County, Illinois with the Nicholas Hauter family when she met Albert G. Hugo. They remained together
moving from Wyanet to
Topeka, Kansas and then Okawville, Illinois until Albert's death in 1905. Kate remained
Okawville until around 1914, moving to Moscow, Latah County, Idaho to live with her son, Charles J. Hugo.
Failing health forced her to move back to Moline, Illinois to live with Stella Crawford until her death on
December 27, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.
Katherine Engel Hugo was buried next to Albert Hugo at
Forest Hill Cemetery, December 31, 1926.
Kate Hugo                                                                                                                      Wyanet, Illinois
September 20, 1884
Joseph L. Kitchen was born April 25, 1843 to John B and Hannah (Ambrose) Kitchen in Troy, Miami County, Ohio.
His family moved to
Lexington, McLean County, Illinois around 1859, where his father worked as a tailor.
Joseph attended and graduated from
Illinois Wesleyan College in 1865 and then studied medicine at Chicago
Medical College where he graduated in 1869. After college he arrived in Wyanet,  Bureau County, Illinois and
Miss Mary A. Mosher, daughter of Stephen D and Caroline (Beach) Mosher of Clinton, Dutchess County, New
York. They were married on February 02, 1870 in Wyanet, Illinois. Of this marriage nine children were born,
Calvin L, Fred H, Eloise, Mary J, Joseph Ambrose, Lou S, Clifford Yates, Imogene G and John Robert.

After arriving in
Wyanet, Joseph set up his medical practice which he successfully ran for a number of years.
He moved to
Thornton, Cook County, Illinois before 1900 and then moved to Billings County, North Dakota
before 1910. Failing health forced him to return to Chicago, where he passed away on March 20, 1913.
Dr. Joseph L. Kitchen was laid to rest at
Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, Illinois.
His wife, Mary A. Mosher Kitchen died June 05, 1924 in South Beloit, Winnebago County, Illinois.
She is also buried alongside her husband at
Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet.
Dr. Joseph L. Kitchen                                                                                                    Wyanet, Illinois
1870 Sons of Temperance
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