Biography of George Alvin Uebele
George Alvin Uebele, cashier of the Bank of Burlington, exemplifies in his business career that thoroughness and efficiency which have always characterized the institution which he represents, making it one of the strong financial centers of southeastern Wisconsin. His entire life has been spent in this section of the state, his birth having occurred at Wheatland, Kenosha County, February 25, 1874. His father, Frederick Uebele, a native of Germany, came to America in the early ’50s and settled in Wheatland, near Slades Corners. He was but eight years of age when his parents died and in 1848 the children of the family, of whom he was one of the youngest, came to Wisconsin. He was a young man of twenty-one years when, in 1861, he responded to the country’s call for aid and enlisted in the Ninth Wisconsin Light Artillery. He went to St. Louis and much of his service was in Colorado and the west, fighting the Indians. He experienced many hardships owing to the extremes of heat and cold and starvation conditions which existed. He continued to serve, however, until almost the close of the war, when he received an honorable discharge and with his regiment returned to Wisconsin. Soon afterward Mr. Uebele began farming on his own account and was very successful in the cultivation and management of his property, winning well merited prosperity through his close attention to business. In 1866 he married Susan Runkel, and in October, 1916, they will celebrate their golden wedding. Mr. Uebele has always avoided public office, but has a good, clean record as an enterprising citizen whose influence has always been on the side of progress, reform and improvement. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist church and are regarded as people of the highest respectability. In their family of seven children six are now living: Emma, the wife of William Richardson, a resident of Chicago; George A., of this review; Walter, who is owner of the Burlington Feed Company, of Burlington; Clara, now the wife of Clarence Gleason, a jeweler of Burlington; Oscar, who is now in charge of the old homestead upon which his parents reside, and Roy, who is engaged in farming
George Alvin Uebele obtained his early education in the public and high schools of Burlington and afterward pursued a commercial course in the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana. He left school in 1892 and the same year went to Milwaukee, where he secured a position in the Milwaukee National Bank, remaining there until 1906, at which time he was chief bookkeeper. In October of that year he accepted his present position as cashier of the Bank of Burlington and has successfully filled that place for ten years, during which time the business has increased over one hundred and fifty per cent. He is a courteous and obliging official and has made an excellent record, winning for himself a most creditable name in the banking circles of the state.
In 1902 Mr. Uebele was married to Miss Ellen Heideman, of Milwaukee, a daughter of Paul Heideman of that city, and their children are Evelyn and Florence. Mr. Uebele is a Mason and has served as past master of his lodge, while of the chapter he is the present high priest and of the Eastern Star is a past worthy patron. He also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist church. He is a director of the Burlington Business Men’s Association and is treasurer of the Burlington Advancement Association. In a word, he co-operates heartily in every plan and project for the benefit and upbuilding of the city and has taken a prominent stand in connection with its public affairs. His worth is widely acknowledged and colleagues and contemporaries speak of him in terms of warm regard.