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The Hauck Family of Prairie du Rocher Illinois

Charles Hauck, the well-known dealer in horses, mules and cattle, was born May 31, 1864, in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. He attended the parochial and public schools, and after leaving school became an apprentice of Louis Naumann, learning the butcher trade. He followed this trade in Ste. Genevieve until 1889, when he came to Prairie du Rocher with strong arms and a willing heart and started a meat market in this place. He bought cattle and did his own work slaughtering. Later he began dealing in horses and mules. He assisted in organizing the bank in 1906 and has been director since. On August 8, 1888, he married Miss Mary Sucher. One son, Archibald N., came to bless the home. Mr. Hauck is a Democrat, a trustee of the village for twenty-two years; director of the State Bank of Prairie du Rocher, and trustee and treasurer of the Commons, and is rated as one of the substantial citizens of Prairie du Rocher. Illinois. He built a large home. In 1899 he bought 190 acres of fertile soil and built three big barns. Mr. Hauck, buying stock for a radius of over 30 miles, is well and favorably known. He is a member of Fort Chartres Association, and is also known to be a good supporter of the Catholic Church. Mrs. Hauck (nee Mary Sucher) was born on a farm near Ste. Genevieve September 19, 1866, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sucher of near Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Chas. Hauck’s Live Stock Barn, Prairie du Rocher Charles Hauck Mrs. Charles Hauck Residence of Chas. Hauck, Prairie du...

The Ker Family of Prairie du Rocher Illinois

The father of Henry Ker, a leading farmer in the neighborhood of Prairie du Rocher, was a man than whom few have seen more varied vicissitudes or left lives of more remarkable adventure. His name, like that of the subject of our biography, was Henry Ker, and he was born at Boston, Massachusetts, the son of English parents, who were temporarily residing at that place. He lived but a short time in Massachusetts. The family moved back to London where Henry received his education. He seems to have been born with an adventurous disposition, and habits of personal courage and daring. He left London in April, 1808, for Charleston, South Carolina, and thus began a series of travels which extended over eight years. He traveled through the Carolinas westward to the sources of the French Broad river, and followed its current down to the Holston to the Tennessee, and then by the waters of that river and the Ohio and Mississippi, stopping at various places along the banks to learn something of the nature of the localities and the habits of the people, he at last reached New Orleans. In the summer of 1809 a visit was made to some of the West Indian Islands, particularly Jamaica. Leaving the West Indies, the vessel on which he took passage to Savannah was shipwrecked, and he was compelled to return to Kingston. He next found his way to New Orleans, from which he ascended to the sources of the Red river, and spent some time among the different Indian tribes. Among his other adventures he killed a snake thirty-eight feet in...

The Seitz Family of Prairie du Rocher Illinois

George J. Seitz, the well-known liquor dealer, was born August 11, 1870, in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. After attending the public and parochial schools, learned the trade of butcher and at the age of 20 went to St. Louis, working at his trade for some time; then he returned to Ste. Genevieve, and in 1894 he went to Prairie du Rocher, working for Mr. Hauck, the butcher. From 1906 to 1910 he conducted a hotel and two years later, in 1912, he started a saloon and has conducted it ever since. Mr. Seitz is a Democrat, and is popular. He acquired considerable property, and is the owner of a 260-acre farm, besides saloon and residence property. Mr. Seitz was president of the school board for nine years and served as member of the village board for six years. He is also a member of the Prairie du Rocher band, playing the trombone. He was married to Mary E. Menard April 27, 1905, and to their union were born three boys, George L., Walter E., and Valentine M. Seitz, and two girls, Melba M. and Genevieve G. Seitz. Mr. Seitz is fond of hunting and fishing, and is well-known in this section of the country. Mrs. George J. Seitz, who is the daughter of Edmund E. Menard of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, was born here March 21, 1873, and is a grandniece of Pierre Menard, the distinguished pioneer settler of Illinois, also first Lieutenant governor. Her first husband, John Brickey, to whom she was married in 1894, died in 1903. There were no children to this union. Her husband was a...

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