Biography of Henry F. Moers
Henry F. Moers is the senior partner of the Moers-Brandow Company, dealers in paints and wall paper and contractors in painting and decorating. In this connection they are widely known, for their work is of an important character, representing some of the finest specimens of decorative art in this section of the state. Increasing ability has brought Mr. Moers to the creditable and enviable position which he now occupies. He was born in Freeport, Illinois, October 31, 1868, and is a son of Henry and Louisa (Meyer) Moers, both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to the United States in the ’40s and the father worked at the trade of horseshoeing, which he had previously learned, but both he and his wife are now deceased.
Spending his youthful days at the family home in Freeport, Henry F. Moers there pursued his education through consecutive grades in the public schools until he became a high school pupil. He started out in the business world as a clerk in a paint and wall paper store in Freeport and thus became acquainted with the trade. In 1892 he removed to Racine and secured a position in the Buffham paint store, there remaining for nine years. He next established a paint shop of his own, which he conducted for a few years, and on the 1st of May, 1908, he joined James Pritchard and W. H. Brandow in purchasing the Ticknor paint and wall paper house. at 313 Sixth street. This partnership was continued until 1910 when Mr. Pritchard sold out and the business has since been conducted under the name of the Moers-Brandow Company, carrying a general line of paints and wall paper and doing contract work in painting and decorating. Their work is of a most artistic character, agreeable to the eye and displaying correct taste. They did the decorating for the Bijou theatre, the Palace theatre, the Welsh church and in nearly all of the best residences of the city, and they employ from eighteen to thirty men in the busy season.
On the 8th of October, 1903, Mr. Moers was married to Miss Estella Austin, who was born in Wyocena, Wisconsin, and they have one child, Alice Jeanette. Mrs. Moers attends the First Baptist church. They are well known socially and the hospitality of their home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends. Mr. Moers belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Royal Arcanum and is also a member of the Commercial Club, while along the line of his business activities he has connection with the Retail Merchants’ Association, the Master Painters’ Association and the Builders’ Club. He has directed his efforts along those lines for which he is well equipped. He has taste and talent in his chosen field and his inherent powers have not only been carefully cultivated but have also been supplemented by the knowledge which study and experience bring.