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Biography of Hon. T. W. Thiesen

Hon. T. W. Thiesen, Racine’s popular mayor and one of its most efficient and progressive business men, now president of the Red Cross Drug Company, was born in Hamburg, Germany, November 19, 1867, a son of Thies and Emma (Karsten) Thiesen. He began to earn his living when but six years of age as a bootblack and newsboy and afterward became a butcher’s apprentice. On the 18th of June, 1884, when a youth of sixteen years, he left Germany and on the 4th of July, 1884, arrived in Racine. Here he secured employment in the drug store of Charles Giesler, with whom he worked for three years at ten dollars per month. He afterward spent one year in Milwaukee. Wisconsin, where he was employed as a drug clerk, and then, feeling the necessity of further educational development as a preparation for advancement in life, he entered the University of Wisconsin, through which he made his way by practicing strict economy. He had previously saved from his earnings the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars and by living frugally and utilizing every opportunity he managed to complete the course, being graduated from the pharmaceutical department with the class of 1890. Mr. Thiesen next went to Kansas City, where he spent three weeks, after which he proceeded to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was employed for two and a half years. In September, 1892, with the capital which he had saved from his earnings, he returned to Racine and opened a drug store on State Street. The following year he became one of the organizers of the Robinson Drug Company,...

Biographical Sketch of Otto Konigslow

Konigslow, Otto; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, April 16, 1860; son of Herman and Charlotte Brunna Konigslow; studied public schools, Cleveland, till 10 years old; went to Germany, and studied in Hamburg, until 14; attended technical school and served apprenticeship in machine shop; married, Cleveland, Jan. 11, 1879, Lena Kalliker; issue, four children; business career, Lake Shore Shops, White Sewing Machine Co., asst. in Experimental Dept. later became a designer; three years chief inspector; organized the Otto Konigslow Machinery Co.; incorporated in 1894, as the Otto Konigslow Manufacturing Co.; pres. of the Company; special attention given to making automobile parts; an expert on sheet metal; has taken out over twenty-five patents during business career; Republican; member Presbyterian Church, and Cleveland Gesang...

Schroder, August – Obituary

August Schroder, 89, well-known Ellensburg resident and retired Snohomish County farmer, died yesterday [April 11, 1947] afternoon at his home here. Had he lived until next Sunday, he would have been 90 years old. Born at Hamburg, Germany, April 20, 1857, he came to the United States when he was 27 years old and to Washington State in 1888. He farmed for many years at Granite Falls, moving to the Kittitas Valley 7 ½ years ago. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ada Schroder; three daughters, Mrs. J. A. Mansfield of Spokane, and Mrs. T. A. Harrell and Mrs. A. O. Page of Ellensburg; 15 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Honeycutt-Evenson Chapel. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of John M. Bailey

John M. Bailey IN THE conflict of arms, in the arena of the law, in the struggle of politics, and in the principles of diplomacy, an Albanian who has been an active participant, gaining distinction at home and abroad is the Hon. John M. Bailey, the present surveyor of customs in Albany. His career, thus far, is illustrative of that success which usually attends a line of action clearly marked out and steadfastly followed amidst the phases of public life. He is of New England origin. His father, Henry Bailey, owned and cultivated a farm in Bethlehem, Albany County, N. Y., where, on the 24th of August, 1838, his son John, the subject of this sketch, first saw the light. Remaining at home during his early youth, he attended the district school and assisted his father in working the farm. Reared amidst the healthful scenes and occupations of country life, his constitution became vigorous, while at the same time he manifested more than ordinary interest in his school books. It soon became apparent that farming was not to be his chosen occupation – that his taste ran wholly in the line of educational and some kind of professional work; and to foster his passion for study his father took great pains to have him carefully prepared at home, under the care of competent instructors, for a collegiate course. He diligently improved the opportunity thus offered to him, and when he had reached the age of nineteen, it was with bright anticipation that he went to Schenectady and entered the freshman class in Union college. His college life, faithfully devoted...

Biographical Sketch of Wessendorff, T. B.

Fort Bend County, Treasure Tony B. Wessendorff, present County Treasurer, was born in Richmond, Fort Bend County, on the 19th day of November 1872. His father, Anton Wessendorff, came to this County from Hamburg, Germany, when but eighteen years of age and made Fort Bend his permanent home. Here, in the course of time, he married Miss Johanna Janske, was industrious in his habits and made a worthy citizen. When the great civil war broke out between the North and South, he served the Confederacy under Gen. John B. Hood in the famous Fourth Texas Regiment, his captain being Thomas Mitchell, commanding Company F. On the bloody field of Chickamauga where so many of the gallant Fourth went down to rise no more Mr. Wessendorff was severely wounded and ” sent back home, and saw no mare service. He raised a family of thirteen children, Tony Wessendorff being eighth in the list. The mother died July 10th, 1888, and the father March 26th, 1891. T. B. Wessendorff, the present incumbent, was elected to the office of County Treasurer in November 1902, and is now serving his first term. He married Miss Jennie Jones, and they have four children, all girls Lizzie Davis, Jennetta, Bernadine and Margarette. Mr. Wessendorff, in connection with his office, curries on a lumber and undertaking business, assisted by his brother, E. G....

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