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Charles Linnaeus Hostetter
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Full name

Charles Linnaeus Hostetter

Alternative names

C.L. Hostetter

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Seminary period alum

Charles Linnaeus Hostetter, often written C.L. Hostetter, was a student at Shimer College during the early Seminary period, attending from 1853 to 1862. He is listed as a student in the 1862 triennial catalogue. He subsequently attended the original University of Chicago, and served in the Union army during the Civil War. Later in life he was an attorney in Mount Carroll.

C.L. Hostetter was the editor of the 1913 history of Carroll County, and author of various other historical writings.

During the protracted case of the Henry Shimer will, Hostetter served as Frances Shimer's attorney in both probate and civil court.

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    C. L. Hostetter came to Mt. Carroll with his parents Dr. Abraham and Catharine Hostetter when a lad. He lived on a farm attending district school in winter and working on the farm in the summer. He was a pupil of the Mt. Carroll Seminary and from that institution he entered the Junior class of the University of Chicago graduating in 1865. During the war he enlisted in Co. G. 134th Illinois V. I., and served until his regiment was discharged. He then entered the Mechanics National Bank of Chicago and occupied various positions, acquiring a thorough knowledge of that business. At the same time he was reading law and attending recitations at the Union College of Law, was admitted to the bar in 1868. After a year’s practice in Chicago, he hung out his shingle in Mt. Carroll, and has been actively engaged in the practice of his profession ever since. He, for several years represented his township (Salem) on the Board of Supervisors. At the time our Soldiers Monument was erected he was chairman on the committee appointed by the County Association of Soldiers and Sailors. He was elected States Attorney and served in that capacity four years. Was afterwards appointed by the Judges of the Circuit Court Master in Chancery and served two terms. He has always taken a great interest in Mutual Fire Insurance Companies in the county, he was director of Rock Creek Township Mutual, later helped to organize the Mt. Carroll Township Mutual, and ten years ago the County Mutual, of the later he has been secretary since its organization. Mr. Hostetter and his family enjoy living in their pleasant country home on the shady banks of the Waukarusa (Straddle Creek) about two miles out of the city, where he has for many years been interested in raising fine stock.

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