|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1819|
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 1887|
Born in Effurt, Prussia on 30 June 1819, he was christened at Effurt on 31 March 1833. At the age of 17 he immigrated to the United States with his father, John Bottger, mother, and brothers William and Berhard in 1836 settling in Charlestown, Indiana. In 1838, John bought a farm in the Robinson Settlement, three miles west of Charlestown. Christian worked for Mr. Phipps as a blacksmith and edge tool maker. At 21 he married Lereen Green from a pioneer family of southern Illinois. Their first child, William, was born a year later. Christian was naturalized on 9 October 1844 in Scott County, Illinois. His naturalization certificate reads: "Be it remembered that on this day personally came into open court Christian Grunther Bottger, an alien, who was under the age of 18 years when he arrived in the United States and made satisfactory proof to the court that he was not eighteen years old when he arrived in the United States that he is now twenty one years old that he has since his arrival in the United States continued to reside therein ... to renounce all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince potentate state or sovereignty whatever and particularly to Frederick William III, King of Prussia of whom he was a subject.."
Sometime after his naturalization, Christian and his brothers changed their last name to Badger, because few Americans could pronounce Bottger. While working at steam beating, Christian seriously injured his leg and never fully recovered. He moved to Charlestown in 1852 and bought the Badger homestead, which had been used as Army barracks during the Black Hawk War of 1831. He became a prominent Democrat in Clark County. He was notary public; 1st term in 1853 and 2nd term in 1857. He became county auditor 1st term in 1859 and 2nd term in 1863. He returned to notary public in 1867, became county treasurer in 1869, and notary public from 1871 to 1887. He ran for Democratic nominee for State Auditor in 1863. Extract from the National Democrat, dated Thursday, 17 September 1863 reads," For the officer of auditor, C. G. Badger was named and declared to be the unanimous choice of the convention for said office."
A newspaper article reads, "Charlestown was largely represented on the Mt. Vernon train yesterday. The following distinguished gentlemen were among the arrivals: Honorable C. P. Ferguson; Colonel John S. Sanderson; Doctor Cambell; Doctor A. J. Hay; M. B. Cole, Esquire; Doctor Roddell, C. G. Badger; and Sheriff Mart V. Howard."
Created by: Mike Hensley
Record added: Apr 18, 2005
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