Biography - Gustav Reese

GUSTAV A. REESE, who is the able proprietor and manager of the G. A. Reese Bottling Works, is a native of the city of Litchfield, where he established himself in business in September, 1891, for the purpose of manufacturing soda water, ginger ale, seltzer and mineral waters. His factory is located near the Wabash Railroad depot, and he keeps constantly employed at least three men, while so greatly has his work increased of late that henceforth it will be necessary to have the assistance of not less than five men. He supplies all the trade in his own line that can be reached by the roads to which he is convenient.
Mr. Reese was born in this city July 4, 1868. He is a son of Frederick and Christina (Guyer) Reese, the former being one of the oldest settlers here, and both of whom came from Germany. Frederick Reese was for many years engaged in the furniture business, and is well known throughout the city and county. Our subject received his education in his native place, and after completing his course at school was engaged as clerk in a grocery store.
Four years and a-half subsequent to the connection just named, our subject was proprietor of a cigar store, after which he built the factory mentioned above. He has in his establishment all the latest improvements that enter into his business, and is constantly adding to it as his trade demands. Although his work in this direction is of recent date, he has already built up a fine trade.
In addition to his business interests, our subject is the owner of considerable real estate in Litchfield. As a young man, his advancement in life has been very rapid, and promises well for the future. He is a member of the Dreibund. Mr. Reese is one of a family of six .children born to his parents: Anna; Minnie, who is the wife of George Schutt; August, William and Herman, besides the original of this sketch.

Extracted 10 Jan 2017 by Norma Hass from 1892 Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery and Bond Counties, Illinois, pages 368-369.

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