Artz, Christian B.

Born: 1800-XX-XX Maryland

Died: 1878-09-29 Chicago, Illinois

Flourished: Oregon, Illinois

Christian B. Artz was a farmer, landowner, and pioneer settler of Oregon, Illinois. Artz was among the original incorporators of the Rock River Seminary and served on the building committee established to construct a permanent home for the institution. Artz also served on the first Board of Trustees. In the 1840s, he purchased approximately 654 acres of public land in and around Oregon. In 1845, Artz married Margaret C. Thomas in Frederick County, Maryland. In 1850, Artz was living and farming in Frederick County and owned real property valued at $7,000. He often signed his name as C. Burr Artz.

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