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Biographical Sketch of Isaac King

Isaac King, of Germany, settled in Wythe County, Va., and married Barbara Stroup (late Mrs. Fipps, of Montgomery County, Mo.), by whom he had one son, John P. The latter settled in Montgomery County in 1835, and married Susan Stephenson; a granddaughter of James Heller, of revolutionary fame, and who was at the battle of Bunker...

Biographical Sketch of Jacob Berger

Jacob Berger, of Germany, came to America and settled first in Pennsylvania, but subsequently removed and settled in Pittsylvania Co., Va. His sons were William, Jacob, George, and John; and he had several daughters whose names we could not obtain. William was killed in the war of 1812, having volunteered to serve in place of his brother George, who had been drafted, and who, being a married man, could not leave his family. George married Mary Boatright, of Virginia, by whom he had Thomas A., Jacob, Louisa J., Lucy A., William J., Appalana F., Polly, David, Elizabeth, and Marialmnel. Jacob and Polly died young, in Virginia. The rest of the children came with their parents to Missouri in 1838, and settled in Montgomery County. Thomas married Ellen Stone, of Virginia. Louisa married Pleasant Davis, of Missouri. Lucy married Buckner Jefferson, of Missouri. Appalana married Erasmus McGinnis, of Missouri. Elizabeth married William...

Biographical Sketch of Herman E. Retzlaff

Herman E. Retzlaff was born in Germany, August 28, 1857. He is the son of Michael Retzlaff, who came to this country in 1861. His father was in business in Akron, Ohio, eleven years; came to Daviess County in 1874, and died here in 1878. Herman received his education at Akron, and after his parents came to Daviess County remained with them until he attained his majority, when he turned his attention to farming. He now resides on a farm in Sheridan Township, engaged in agricultural...

Biographical Sketch of John P. Hatterscheidt

John P. Hatterscheidt, of Leavenworth County, was a German by birth who came from Cincinnati to Kansas in the spring of 1857. He did much work in the territory as an engineer and surveyor. In 1858 he served as a delegate to the Leavenworth constitutional convention. All the Germans were freesoilers and Hatterscheidt was an acknowledged leader among them. In the spring of 1859 he returned to Cincinnati, where he is reported to have died. Another account of his later years is that he made quite an impression on Abraham Lincoln when he visited Kansas; that when elected President he selected Hatterscheidt as a consul at some European point, and that he died...

Biography of John Warner

Nearly sixty years have passed since John Warner, then a young man in the full prime of enthusiasm and ambition, came to Kansas to seek his fortune in the young state. At that time his available eash assets consisted of $13, not a great sum with which to start in an unknown country. This was sufficient, however, and not many years had passed before he was on the high road to success. Now, in his eighty-fourth year, this Kansas pioneer and Civil war veteran is living in retirement at Manhattan, at which city he took his residence in 1908, after an eminently successful career as farmer and honorable, public-spirited citizen. John Warner was born in Baden, Germany, October 16, 1833, and was but five years old when, in 1838, his parents, John and Elizabeth (Pfiester) Warner, brought their family to the United States and settled on a farm in Clark County, Indiana. In 1847 Mr. Warner’s father gave up agricultural work to engage in railroad construction in Indiana and Kentucky, and was the builder of the first railroad in the latter state, from Louisville to Frankfort, a work in which his son, John, took a part. In 1852 the family removed to Tama County, Iowa, the father again resuming agricultural activities. John Waruer had received a public school education, and by the year 1853 was ready to enter upon an independent career. Accordingly he returned to Indiana, where he was married, in the same year, to Ellen White. He farmed in Indiana until 1857, when he came to Kansas for the dual purpose of establishing a home and making...

Biography of Frederik Gustave Bardenheier, M. D.

Dr. Frederik Gustave Adolph Bardenheier, who is well known in professional circles as a specialist in the treatment of diseases Of the ear, nose and throat, was born in St. Louis, April 13, 1881, and he has chosen to make the city of his nativity the scene of his professional labors and successes. His father, Philipp Bardenheier, came to the United States in the early ’50s and won success along commercial line. The mother, Mrs. Helen Bardenheier, arrived in this country from the Rhine region of Germany some time after her future husband crossed the Atlantic. Dr. Bardenheier was educated in the parochial and public schools of St. Louis and later pursued a preparatory course prior to entering upon his medical studies. He attended the Marion Sims Beaumont Medical School from 1899 until 1903, in which year he was graduated on the completion of the regular four years’ course. He afterward spent two years in the St. Louis City and Female Hospitals, gaining that broad, varied and valuable experience which is never as quickly acquired in any other way as in hospital practice. He subsequently devoted two years to the general practice of medicine and surgery and then went abroad to complete his studies by specializing on diseases of the ear, nose and throat in medical centers of Germany and Austria. He has been very successful in the line of his specialty since his return to his native country and is now on the active staff of the Josephine Hospital and a member of the consulting staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital and St. John’s Hospital. On the 17th of...

Biography of Gaston Frederic DuBois

Gaston Frederic DuBois, president of the Monsanto Chemical Works of St. Louis, was born in Switzerland in 1880 and has been a resident of St. Louis since 1904, arriving in this city when a young man of twenty-four years. He is a son of Louis Ferdinand and Lucy (Smith) DuBois, both of whom are still living in the land of the Alps. The father is now a retired banker, having for many years been a prominent figure in financial circles. The maternal grandfather was a prominent railroad engineer, specializing in the building of Alpine railroads. Gaston F. DuBois was educated in the public schools of his native land and was graduated from the Federal Polytechnic School of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1903, having completed a course in chemical engineering. He afterward went to Germany, where he specialized on electro-chemistry and one year later he came to America. Arriving in St. Louis in 1904 he engaged as chemical engineer with the Monsanto Chemical Works And in 1919 was elected to the presidency of the company. This firm supplied acids and other lines to the government during the World war. In the year 1909 Mr. DuBois was married in Switzerland to Miss Marguerite Gill and they have become parents of three children: Rene, Frederic and Jeanne. Mr. DuBois belongs to the Ethical Society of St. Louis and he has membership with the University Club, the City Club and the American Chemical Society. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he keeps well informed concerning the vital questions and issues of the day. He finds recreation and diversion in music...

Biography of Edward Mallinckrodt

A native of St. Louis, born January 21, 1845, son of Emil and Eleanore Didier (Luckie) Mallinckrodt. He received his early education in public and private schools followed by four years of training in scientific and practical chemistry in Germany. On his return in September, 1867, he formed a partnership with an older and a younger brother under the firm name of G. Mallinckrodt & Company, and started the manufacture of medicinal chemicals in a very small way. From this small beginning the business has grown to be one of the largest in its line in the world. In addition to the main works in St. Louis, the company maintains works in Jersey City, New Jersey, and branch offices and warehouses in New York. The company manufactures about a thousand different chemicals for medicinal, photographic, analytical and technical purposes. Its trade extends to every large city in this country and large exportations are also made to Cuba, Mexico, South America and other foreign countries. In 1882, after the death of both brothers, Edward Mallinckrodt incorporated the business as the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works and as its president has continued to direct its affairs. Mr. Mallinckrodt, however, has not confined his activities to the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works. In 1889 he incorporated The National Ammonia Company with works at St. Louis and subsidiary companies operating works at Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Canada, and Sydney, New South Wales, of all of which he is president. In 1913 the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, Ltd., incorporated under Canadian laws, was established at Montreal, to conduct the business in the provinces of British North America. Mr. Mallinckrodt...

Biography of Arthur H. Feuerbacher

Arthur H. Feuerbacher, president of the Western Foundry & Sash Weight Company of St. Louis, represents a family that has long been connected with the business development of the city. He was here born July 9, 1881, and is a son of Max W. Feuerbacher, who was the founder of the Green Tree Brewery. He was born near Bamberg, Muhlhausen, Germany, June 30, 1835, his parents being John and Doretta Feuerbacher, the former a brewer by occupation, and under his direction the son, Max Feuerbacher, learned the business. He came to the United States when seventeen years of age and found employment in the Uhrig brewery of St. Louis, which was one of the early business interests of the kind in the city. He was afterward an employe at the Philadelphia brewery and eventually he became interested in the firm of Joseph Schnaider & Company in 1857. In 1865 this company built what was known as the Green Tree Brewery at Ninth and Sidney streets. Two years later Mr. Feuerbacher purchased the interest of Mr. Schnaider and a little later was joined in a partnership by Louis Schlossstein under the firm name of Feuerbacher & Schlossstein. At a subsequent date their business was incorporated under the name of the Green Tree Brewing Company, of which Mr. Feuerbacher became president. In 1884, because of failing health, he returned to his native land on a visit and ten days after reaching his old home passed away, but his remains were afterward brought back to St. Louis for interment in St. Matthew’s cemetery. In early manhood he married Minna Wallenbroock and they...

Biography of Randall Solon Tilles, M. D.

The broad field of medicine offers a wonderful opportunity since science has brought to light so many truths and such broad knowledge that the profession has become highly specialized. Concentrating his efforts upon obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Randall Solon Tilles has gained a position of prominence in his chosen field. He was born at Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 8, 1883, and is a son of David Tilles, a native of that state and of German descent, the family being founded in America by Solomon Titles, who came to the new world in 1855 and originally settled at Little Rock, Arkansas, where he engaged in the manufacture of cigars. He was a Confederate veteran of the Civil war. The father is now a retired merchant of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He married Carrie Erb, who was born at Little Rock, Arkansas, and is also of German lineage, her people having come to the new world in the ’50s, the progenitor of the family on this side of the Atlantic being Adolphus Erb, who engaged in mercantile business here. To Mr. and Mrs. David Tilles have been born three children: Randall S.; Roy Erb, a manufacturer of New York city; and Clio, the wife of D. E. Levy, of New York city. Dr. Tilles obtained a public school education in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and prepared for his professional career in the Washington University of St. Louis, from which he was graduated in 1908 with the M. D. degree. He afterward spent one year as interne in the City Hospital, after which he went abroad, devoting two years to post-graduate study in Germany...
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