John Gainer, farmer, post office address, Pekin, was born in Wittenburg, Ger., April 13, 1830, and came to this country in May, 1834. His parents were George and Mary Maria Gainer, of Germany. He was educated in common schools and embarked in the agricultural pursuit, and resides on section 25. He does not belong to any church, but inclines the Presbyterian belief. In 1867 he chose for his wife Anna Frederika Reiling (Rueling). Emma Elizabeth, John Martin and Mary Alice Magdalena are their children.