Henderson County, Kentucky Biography


            Prof. Casper Frederick ARTES was born at Merken Saxe, Meiningen, Germany, 29 Mar 1816. He was recognized as a youth of remarkable talent, and at the University which he attended in his native town, his wonderful talents won for him the sobriquet of Little Mozart. During the Revolution of 1848, '49, in which he participated, he became dissatisfied, and determined to immigrate to America. In 1851 he came, bringing letters of recommendation to leading persons in New York. He married at his native home Miss Catharine BIERSCHENK, and she and four daughters and one son accompanied him across the sea. After his arrival, owing to his limited means, he was at a loss what to do, but, chancing upon a morning paper, he read an advertisements, signed by Charles F. LEHMAN, Henderson, Kentucky, Principal of the Female Academy, wanting a teach of music, thereupon he determined to come West and seek his fortune. Entering into correspondence with Mr. LEHMAN, whom he found to have been a Colonel in the German army, he engaged to come to Henderson. Leaving his family in New York he set out on his journey, and, in due course of time, landed in Henderson. He accepted the position tendered him by Mr. LEHMAN, and returned to New York for his family, whom he soon brought to this place, then the far West, where there were few of his people to be found.

            The father of Prof. ARTES was Burgomaster of his native place, and at one time during the winter the Duke of Saxony visited his town, and, in recognition of his visit, the Burgomaster caused the streets to be cleaned of snow, the town decorated, and all the cordialities of a municipality accorded him. In recognition of this attention, the Duke dined with the Burgomaster, and, during his stay, requested young ARTES to go to the church and play the organ for him. With this request he complied, and in return was granted a royal recognition. It is said that whenever there was to be a royal or ecclesiastical festival, Casper F. ARTES was invariably called upon to reside at the organ. A few years after his arrival in Henderson, Prof. ARTES was employed as organist of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and, as remarkable as it may seem, he performed that irksome duty for nearly thirty years, without missing one single Sunday service from any cause.

            On 20 Nov 1886, in the city of Evansville, Prof. ARTES departed this life, leaving a devoted wife and large family of children to mourn his death. He was a master of the organ, a master of music and a man of profound intelligence upon all matters requiring study. He was a man of strong impulses, devoted to his friends, and yet diffident and deferential. Mr. Charles F. ARTES, Evansville's leading and most successful jeweler, and a gentleman of the highest character, is
the eldest son of Prof. C. F. ARTES.

Starling's History of Henderson County, Kentucky, 1887.




C. F. Artes age 44, Page 23, House No. 209; Catherine age 39; Emma age 18; Jane age 15; Charles age 13; Teresa age 11; Mary age 9; William age 7; Julius age 3; Edwin age 1 and William Biersckenk age 22; Matilda Biersckenk age 16.


Casper Artis age 53, Page 241, House No. 27; Catherian age 48; Theresa age 20; Mary age 19; Willie age 16; Julius age 12; Edwin age 9.


Casper Artes age 64, Page 106, House No. 14; Anna C. age 58; Jane age 35; Theresa age 31; Mary age 29.



Emma M. Artes - Conrad Eisler, 29 Sep 1863, Book 006, Page 259
Mary Louisa Artes - Michael W. McCoy, 09 May 1886, Book 019, Page 577


Casper F. Artes, 20 nov 1886, Fernwood, Age unknown, 219, 4 Anna C. Artes, 29 Aug 1899, Fernwood, Age unknown, 219, 3 Miss Theresa Artes, 10 Feb 1930, Fernwood, 219, 5


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