SAMUEL BACK, merchant, Mound City, born November 8, 1838, in Obernitzka, Prussia, Germany. Son of Israel Back, a native of Germany, where he was a baker by occupation. The mother of our subject was Hanna (Saul) Back, also a native of Germany. Our subject was educated in Germany, where he studied the mercantile business, and was engaged in business there till 1866, when he came to the United States, landing in New York City. From there he went to Dubuque, Iowa, and after six months went to Nebraska City; and, finally, in 1870 he came to Mound City, where he opened a dry goods store in partnership with his brother-in-law. After one year, they dissolved partnership, and our subject went to Anna, Ill., where he kept a dry goods store, returning to this place in 1874, when he opened a dry goods store, in which he has continued till the present time, carrying also a stock of hats, caps, boots and shoes, and a stock worth from $8,000 to $10,000. He was married in St. Louis to Miss Fannie Blum, who is a native of Aufhausen, Wurtemberg, Germany. She is the mother of Gabriel Back, who was born December 3, 1873. Mr. Back is a wide-awake business man. He is an active member of the Knights of Honor, Mound City Lodge, No. 18-47. In politics, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 251-252.