F. J. WEHRFRITZ, furniture manufacturer, Mound City, is a son of Carl and Elizabeth Wehrfritz, both natives of Germany; he, a paper manufacturer, was born in 1808; she was the mother of twelve children, of whom six are now living and two resides in the United States, Emil C. Wehrfritz, a machinist of Little Rock, Ark., and F. J. Wehrfritz, whose name heads this sketch. He was born September 6, 1845, in Bingen on the Rhine and was principally educated at the Commercial College, in Belgium; he was three years at Bielfeld, Germany, learning the mercantile business. At nineteen years of age, he sailed for America, landing at Hoboken, N. Y., on the 10th of October, 1864. He located at St. Louis, where he began work as a clerk; after four months he came to Mound City, and engaged as clerk for G. F. Meyer, and remained in his employ for one year, when he went to East St. Louis and clerked for two years. He then returned to Mound City via Chicago where he made a stop of about three months. April 9, 1868, he engaged with G. F. Meyer, as chief clerk and buyer, and is at present holding the same position. He is one of the incorporators of the Mound City Furniture Company, an enterprise which will give the city a boom. Mr. Wehrfritz was married in Mound City, Ill., February 12, 1874, to Carolina Seidel, a native of Rock Island, Ill., born April 2, 1856; she is of German descent, and the mother of three children, viz.: Olga, who was born August 13, 1875; Lena, who was born April 6, 1879, and Emma, who was born January 20, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Wehrfritz are members of the Episcopalian Church; politically, he is Democratic.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 281.