Biography - Henry Hauptmann

Henry HAUPTMANN, hotel keeper and merchant, Harvel, was born in Germany April 3, 1833. He remained in Germany with his parents, receiving such an education as the common schools afforded, and learned the trade of a tailor with his father. In 1854, he emigrated to America and settled in New Orleans for a period of eight months; worked at his trade, and then removed to St. Louis, where he worked at his trade for one year and a half, and then removed to Morgan County, Ill., at Jacksonville, and there worked as a farm hand for three years, and then rented a farm and gave his attention to agricultural pursuits on his own account, and after renting there for seven years removed to Montgomery County in 1864, where he bought a farm of eighty acres of wild prairie, and by his energy and business habits, succeeded in accumulating over three hundred acres, and has been the owner of five different large tracts of land, being one of the men who has done much for the improvement of the county. In the fall of 1878, he started a hotel at Harvel, which he still continues in connection with his grain dealing, merchandising and meat market. In 1880, he sold out his land, his business in Harvel increasing to such proportions that he was compelled to retire from farming. In 1880, he built the large and commodious hotel he now occupies. In 1853, in Germany, he married Louisa HILGENBAEUMER; she died in 1873, aged fifty-six years. She bore him four children - Mary, Henry, George and Lizzie. In March, 1876, in Montgomery County, he married Mrs. Sophia KALKHORST, born November 12, 1845; she has borne him three children - Lena, Charlie and Nettie. Father was Henry HAUPTMANN, born in Germany in 1812, and during his life followed tailoring, and died about 1864. Mother died when he was only two weeks old. They were the parents of two children; subject the youngest child. Self and wife are religiously connected with the Lutheran Church. Politically, he is a Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 246.

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