PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TAZEWELL & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS, 1894
HENRY ZIEGENBEIN. Among the prominent business men in the city of Pekin the gentleman whose name appears above is numbered among the most energetic and ambitious. He is engaged in the manufacture of cigars and is at the same time efficiently performing the duties of City Treasurer, to which office he was elected in 1893.
Our subject was born in this city December 11, 1856. He was the third child of his parents' family of seven children, only three of whom are living. He received his education up to the age of twelve years in the German parish school of this city, and at the tender age was apprenticed to learn the trade of cigar-maker under the instruction of Ed Gehrig, with whom he remained until 1871. In 1879, after working with different firms for a number of years, he started out in business on his own account. In 1882 he took in as partner A. Haschert, and they continued to manufacture cigars at No. 403 Court Street until 1893. In July of that year Mr. Ziegenbein disposed of his interest in the factory and since then has been engaged in retailing cigars, in which business he has a fine trade.
Our subject has always been greatly interested in public affairs, and a worthy enterprise is never allowed to drag for want of support on his part. In 1887 he was elected City Treasurer on the Republican ticket, holding that office until 1889, and is now serving his second term, having been re-elected in the year 1893 for a term of two years. He was elected to the office by a majority of one hundred and seventy-five, which was the largest majority ever given any Republican candidate for the city office.
In 1882 our subject was married to Agnes Matthes, who was born in Saxony and who came to America when fifteen years of age. The six children who have come to bless their union are, Walter, Albert, Henry, Agnes, Fred and Charles.
Submitted by Betty Doremus