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The Kribs Family of Prairie du Rocher Illinois

The best teacher, it is said, is experience. C. J. Kribs, circuit clerk of Randolph County, has had varied experiences. He was born February 19, 1867, in Belleville, Illinois. He attended the parochial and public schools, after which he learned the trade of harness maker in St. Louis. After a residence of five years in this city he went to Chicago and worked for four years as assistant store-keeper in the Illinois Steel Works. Then he went to Prairie du Rocher, and after a short stay went to St. Louis, working for the Metropolitan Insurance Co. He was promoted and made superintendent of the Alton district. It was in Alton -that he met his wife, then Miss Susan Elizabeth Bissinger, to whom he was married November 10, 1892. Later they moved to St. Louis and in 1894 to Prairie du Rocher, where he opened a harness store; then added a full line of farming implements and general merchandise. In 1904 G. A. Reifel became a partner, the firm being named C. J. Kribs & Company. In 1912 he was elected circuit clerk and a year later moved his family to Chester, the county seat, where the family, Mr. and Mrs. Kribs and four sons – Harold A., Lewis J. A., Charles A. and William Kribs reside. Mr. Kribs was elected on the Democratic ticket as circuit clerk, and was mayor of Prairie du Rocher for four years. In social and fraternal societies he was honored, being president of the Prairie du Rocher Commons; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Modern Woodmen, Mutual Protective League and Chester Fishing Club....

Biography of Newton W. Amos, M. D.

Dr. Newton W. Amos, a physician of St. Louis, was born at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, January 26, 1867. His father, Adam Amos, was a native of Alsace Lorraine and came to America in 1856, making his way direct to Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, where he built the first blacksmith shop of the place. There he resided until 1871 when he removed to Smithville, Bollinger county, and in 1873 he removed to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where afterward he established his home in Allenville, Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, his death there occurring in 1875. During the Civil war he was a member of the Cape Girardeau Home Guard. He married Anna Litzelfelner, a native of Austria, who came to America with her parents at the age of six years, the family settling in Cape Girardeau county, where Mrs. Amos was reared and educated. By her marriage she became the mother of three sons, of whom the youngest, Benjamin, is now deceased, while Robert, the eldest, is a resident of Allenville. Dr. Amos, the second in order of birth, was educated in the district schools of Cape Girardeau county before attending the Southeast Normal at Cape Girardeau, after which he won a teacher’s certificate and entered upon educational work. He taught in Cape Girardeau county for seven terms, but regarded this merely as an initial step to other professional labor and at the end of that time took up the study of medicine in the St. Louis Medical College, from which he was graduated with the M. D. degree in April, 1897. Following the completion of his course he had charge of...

Biography of Cyrus F. Blanke

Cyrus F. Blanke, president of the C. F. Blanke Tea & Coffee Company of St. Louis, was born October 24, 1862, in Marine, Illinois, a son of Fred G. and Caroline (Ortgis) Blanke. The father was born in Germany and came to America in 1847. He carried on general merchandising at Marine, Illinois, for a number of years, but his marriage was celebrated in St. Louis. To him and his wife were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of whom Cyrus F. is the fifth in order of birth. Four children, three sons and a daughter, have passed away, while those who survive are: Emma, the widow of Charles Spies; Maude, the widow of Harry Amanda; Albert G., who is engaged in the real estate business in St. Louis and who married Lillie Verborg; Richard, who wedded Hazel Thompson; Fred; and Cyrus F. of this review. The last named was educated in the public schools of Marine, Illinois, and also attended a commercial college in St. Louis, thus qualifying for the responsibilities of business life. He started out as a clerk in a retail grocery store in St. Louis when sixteen years of age and between the ages of seventeen and nineteen years was a clerk in a St. Louis wholesale tobacco factory. He then became connected with the Steinwender-Stoffregen Coffee Company and acted as collector for that house for two years. On the expiration of that period he went on the road as a traveling salesman for them and spent seven years in that connection, thus reaching the age of twenty-eight. He next embarked in business...

Biography of John B. Strauch

John B. Strauch, who since 1918 has been president and general manager of the More-Jones Brass & Metal Company of St. Louis, has been identified with this business for more than a quarter of a century and through the steady development of his powers and his close application has won promotion from time to time until he has reached his present position of administrative direction and executive control. He was born in Marine, Illinois, November 29, 1869, a son of John B. and Catherine Strauch. The father came from Germany in 1846 and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Soon afterward he joined the United States army for service in the Mexican war and when America again became engaged in war, owing to the dissatisfaction in the south, he was made a first lieutenant of the Union troops and thus participated throughout the Civil war. John B. Strauch obtained a public school education in Marine, Illinois, and also attended business college in St. Louis. When a young man of but sixteen years he began teaching school, following the profession from 1886 until 1891. In the latter year, however, he became identified with a merchandise brokerage firm of St. Louis, with which he continued until 1894. In 1895 he entered the employ of More, Jones & Company as bookkeeper and salesman and occupied that position for about four years or until 1899, when he was elected secretary. Eleven fears later he was chosen vice president and general manager, thus continuing from 1910 until 1918, when he was elected to the presidency and also continued in the office of general manager. In the...

Biography of Louis W. Grosse, M.D.

Dr. Louis W. Grosse, a physician and surgeon of St. Louis, was born October 13, 1884, in Collinsville, Madison county, Illinois, and was the sixth in order of birth in a family of five sons and five daughters, seven of whom are living, the parents being Herman G. and Marie M. (Neidenberger) Grosse. The father was a native of Illinois, born in Collinsville, and was a representative of one of the old families of that state of German descent. He became a pharmacist following his graduation from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and devoted his life to that calling, passing away in 1897, at the age of forty-five years. His wife was born in St. Louis and was also of German lineage. She died in 1909, in St. Louis, at the age of sixty-eight years. Dr. Grosse pursued his education in the public schools of Collinsville and in the township high school, from which he was graduated in 1900. Later he took up the study of medicine in the St. Louis University and won his M. D. degree in 1906. Following his graduation he served for a year as interne in the St. Louis City Hospital and then entered upon private practice with Dr. Charles T. Remme, since which time he has successfully followed his profession in this city. In addition to his private practice he is acting as surgeon to the Deaconess and Lutheran Hospitals. He possesses broad knowledge of anatomy and the component parts of the human body, combined with that delicate skill so necessary to the surgeon in the performance of operations. He belongs to...

Biography of William Emil Sauer, M.D.

Dr. William Emil Sauer, a St. Louis physician now limiting his practice to diseases of the ear, nose and throat, was born in Evansville, Illinois, April 17, 1875. His father, Nicholas Sauer, also a native of that state, belonged to one of the old Illinois families of German descent, the first of the name in America being Philip Sauer, who on crossing the Atlantic made his way at once to Illinois, where he followed farming and stock raising. Nicholas Sauer became a successful flour manufacturer, carrying on business first at Evansville, Illinois, and later at Cherryvale, Kansas. He died in Evansville in 1908 at the age of sixty-seven years. In politics he was a republican and took quite an active interest in political and civic matters, standing at all times for progress and improvement in public affairs. He married Elizabeth Gerlach, who was born in Virginia and belonged to one of the old families of that state of German lineage. She is still living at the old home in Evansville. By her marriage she became the mother of five children, four sons and a daughter: John, residing at Cherryvale, Kansas; Magdeana, Philip and George, who make their home in Evansville; and William E. In the acquirement of his education Dr. Sauer attended the public schools of Evansville, the high school at Sparta, Illinois, and Shurtleff College at Upper Alton, Illinois. He next entered the medical department of the Washington University in St. Louis and was graduated in 1896 with the At. D. degree. Following the completion of his studies he served as interne in the Female and City Hospitals...

Biography of Charles Percival Whitbread

Charles Percival Whitbread, president of the General Underwriters Company of St. Louis, was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, March 18, 1877, and is a son of James and Minnie Elizabeth (Rinne) Whitbread. The ancestry is traced back through several generations in England, where the records of the family include the following under title “Whitbread of Southill.” “Whitbread, William-Henry, Esq., of Southill, County of Bedford, born January 4, 1795; high-sheriff in 1837, and member of parliament for Bedford in the parliaments of 1818, 1820, 1826, 1830, 1831 and 1832. The Whitbreads are said by family tradition, as appears on an Inscription on a monument In Cardington church, to have been of great antiquity in the county of Bedford. Arms-Arg. on a chev. between three Hinds heads erased gu-. Crest-A Hinds head erased gu-. Motto-Virtue non Astutia. Translation-By Bravery, not Stratagem.” James Whitbread, father of Charles P. Whitbread, was born in London and when, but four years of age was brought to the new world, the family settling in Quincy, Illinois. He afterward removed to Venice, Illinois, where in association with his father be established what is now known as the National Stock Yards Company. He married Minnie Elizabeth Rinne, who was born in Stadt Hagen, Germany, and was brought to the United States when a little maiden of four summers, the family settling in Liberty Prairie, near Edwardsville, Illinois. Mrs. Whitbread is still living at the age of seventy eight years, but the father passed away March 17, 1920. Charles P. Whitbread obtained his early education in the public schools of his native city, completing the high school course in 1891....

Biography of David J. Smith

DAVID J. SMITH, general merchant and farmer of Walnut Shade, Taney County, Missouri, is emphatically a business man, the leading points of his character being energy, quick conception and an excellent judgment of men and their motives. No man in the county occupies a higher position for energy, enterprise, public spirit, integrity and business rectitude than he. This worthy gentleman first saw the light in Madison County, Illinois, in 1838, and is a son of Jason and Elizabeth (Forbis) Smith, natives of McMinn County, Tennessee, the father born in 1799, and the mother in 1803. The father never attended school but one day in his life, but by his own efforts obtained a fair education. He was married in his native State, and at an early date removed to Madison County, Illinois, where he made his home until 1872. He then came to Taney County, where he and wife died in 1880, she in March and he in June, after a happy married life of over half a century. In every walk of life Mr. Smith was honest and straightforward, and although not a professor of religion, he was foremost in all good work and assisted in organizing the first Sunday-school at Walnut shade. He was a blacksmith by trade, but also followed farming through life. At the time of his death he was postmaster at Walnut Shade. He was the only son born to his parents, but had two or three sisters. His father, who was of Welsh descent, probably spent his entire life in Tennessee, engaged in tilling the soil. The maternal grandfather, David Forbis, was also...

Biography of S. W. Wilkinson

S. W. WILKINSON. This prominent general merchant of Willow Springs, Missouri, was born in Alton, Illinois, January 6, 1856, son of Simon and Anna (Lea) Wilkinson, both natives of England. The parents came to the United States about 1850 and settled in the Prairie State, where the father followed farming until his death in 1859. The mother is now living in Missouri. Their family consisted of five children, and our subject is the only one now living. S. W. Wilkinson passed his early life in Missouri, whither his mother had moved before the war, and when he was about thirteen years of age began clerking in a store. In about 1883 he embarked in business for himself at Leesburgh, this State, continued this for one year, and then in 1884 came to Willow Springs. Here he engaged in general merchandising, and in 1890 he erected the large commercial house in which he now carries on business. This is one of the best business buildings in the city, 28×90, two stories in height and a basement. Mr. Wilkinson carries a stock of goods valued at from $6,000 to $7,000 and his trade extends over a wide scope of country. He employs two clerks, is doing a good business, and is a young, energetic business man. Mr. Wilkinson started for himself in a small way, but by industry and close attention to business has made a success of his calling. In politics he is a Republican and is prominent in the affairs of the city. He selected his wife in the person of Miss Phoebe Elizabeth Knight, and they have six...

Biography of W. S. Ferguson

W. S. Ferguson is secretary and treasurer of The Locomotive Finished Material Company of Atchison, one of the most important industries of the city. Mr. Ferguson had been identified with Kansas and Atchison for over thirty years, and throughout that time had been connected with the foundry and manufacturing business in different capacities. He is now the oldest executive official in point of continuous service of The Locomotive Finished Material Company. He represents an old and honored family name in the City of Alton, Illinois, where he was born January 16, 1861. The Fergusons for several generations were linen drapers in Belfast, Ireland, From that city Mr. Ferguson’s grandfather crossed the ocean and settled in New York State. F. H. Ferguson, father of W. S., was born in New York in 1838, and when a boy removed to Alton, where the family were old settlers. He grew up and married in that historic city and for a number of years was a merchant. For several years he served as recorder, city clerk and comptroller, and later was connected with the Hapgood Plow Company, one of the largest plow manufactories in the Middle West. He is still living at Alton, being now retired. He is a democrat, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Knight Templar. In 1858 he married Julia E. Sneyd, who was born in Philadelphia in 1838 and died at Alton, Illinois, in 1892. Their children were: W. S. Ferguson; Bertha W., living with her father; Harry, who was a railroad employee and died in California in 1912; Frank, who is sales manager for the Illinois...
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