CHARLES H. KLAUENBERG was born in Carlinville, December 31st, 1856. Christian Klauenberg, his father, was a native of Brunswick, Germany. He emigrated to America and settled in Carlinville in 1853. He was an enterprising German, and was the first man to build a house on west Main street, Carlinville. He married Catharine Zingele. She is also a native of Germany. Four children were born to them, two of whom are yet living. The father died in 1871. The mother afterwards married W. H. Stienmeyer, of Carlinville. Charles H. received a good education in the common schools and at Blackburn college which he entered when he was thirteen years of age. He remained there until he was sixteen, when he entered the St. Louis college of pharmacy, and took a course at that institution, after which he entered a drug store in St. Louis, where he remained one year, then returned to Carlinville, and clerked a short time for W. H. Stienmeyer. He then formed a partnership with T. H. Stienmeyer in the drug business. In 1876 the firm was dissolved and since that time he has been alone in the business. On the 10th of January, 1878, a fire consumed his building and stock, entailing upon him a loss of over four thousand dollars. Nothing daunted, he went to work and by four o'clock, P.M., the next day, he was in business again. He was married on the 30th of June, 1876, to Miss Maggie Winter, who is a native of Keysport, New Jersey. He made Miss Winter's acquaintance while she was on a visit to her friends here. The marriage took place in New Jersey.
Mr. Klauenberg is yet a young man just entering upon the threshold of business life, but judging from the energy and industry shown, his success is already secured.