Matthias Everharty, proprietor West Broadway Meat Market, Mattoon; was born near Coblenz, Prussia, June 28, 1833; when he was but 4 years old, his parents emigrated to America, landing in Cincinnati July 4, 1837; here they settled, and his father was one of the earliest German gardeners that began the raising of vegetables for the Cincinnati market; much of the land that he then cultivated in “garden sass” is now occupied with solid rows of substantial brick buildings. In 1849, young Everharty went to his trade-that of a butcher-at which he served as an apprentice three years; he followed the business in Cincinnati till 1861, at which date he went out as butcher to the first German regiment, the 9th Ohio V. I., and was with various divisions of the army till 1863; on his return from the army, he remained a short time in Cincinnati, and, in November, 1863, he came to Mattoon and engaged in operating his present business. He was married, in 1854, to Elizabeth Horn, a native of France; they have four children – Catharine, John J., Annie L. and Maggie. He owns real estate in the city-a residence, five acres of land and business property.
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