Biography of William Victor Niess

Discover your
family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

choose a state:
Start Now

William Victor Niess, who has held various important positions as a draughtsman, for which work he has been qualified by a thorough course of study in engineering and who is now well known in professional connections in St. Louis, was born April 20, 1878, in the city of Goeppingen, in the kingdom of Wurttemberug Germany, his parents being Christian Ulrich and Marie Louise (Mueller) Niess His father, now deceased, was also a native of Goeppingen and in his early man hood studied the enameling business in Switzerland. After his return to his native city he there established the first enameling factory in Wurttemberg. His wife is a native of Goeppingen and is still living in her native city. Through her maternal ancestry she is a descendant of the German noble family of Woellwarth.

William V. Niess, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the school of Goeppingen and, leaving Germany in the fall of 1897, crossed the Atlantic to New York, whence he made his way westward to St. Louis the following year. Here he was first employed in a hardware store in the southern part of the city and in his leisure hours devoted his time to the study of engineering and drawing. When he had acquired comprehensive knowledge of engineering and mechanical drawing he secured a position as a draughtsman and through the intervening period has been employed in that capacity by several large manufacturing companies of the city of St. Louis, representing important interests in this connection.

On the 28th of March, 1908, Mr. Niess was married at Clayton, St. Louis county, Missouri, to Miss Marie Amelia Simon, a daughter of Joseph Nicholas and Marie Celestine (Boyer) Simon, both of whom are deceased. Mrs. Niess was born December 9, 1878, in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, which town is the oldest permanent settlement in the state. Through her mother, also a native of Ste. Genevieve, Mrs. Niess is a descendant of the first French settlers of that place.

In his political views Mr. Niess is a republican and in religious faith a Lutheran. He largely devotes his leisure hours to reading history and Is thoroughly well acquainted with the history of all the different countries on the face of the globe. He is likewise Interested in art and general literature and has comprehensive knowledge along both lines.



MLA Source Citation:

Stevens, Walter B. Centennial History of Missouri (The Center State) One Hundred Years In The Union 1820-1921 Vol 2. St. Louis-Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1921. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 20 December 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/missouri/biography-of-william-victor-niess.htm - Last updated on Jul 8th, 2012


Categories: ,
Topics:
Locations: , , ,
Surnames:

Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.

Connect With Us!

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This

Share This

Share this post with your friends!