HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879



Page 132

WILLIAM NIEMEYER was born in Holzfeld, Amt Borgholzhausen, Prussia, July 5th, 1845. He was the eldest of four children of F. W. Niemeyer. His mother's maiden name was C. M. Widdeweg. He attended school till about fifteen years of age. He left Germany for America in 1866, and on reaching this country came at once to St. Louis. The latter part of the year 1866 he came to Mount Olive and for two years was employed on the farm of John C. Nieman, whose daughter, Sophia, he married April 29, 1869. In 1870 He became a clerk in the store of Keiser & Nieman, where his agreeable and social manners made him an efficient salesman. The present partnership of Keiser, Niemeyer & Co., was formed January 1st, 1878. The members of the firm are C. J. Keiser, Mr. Niemeyer, and William Wellenbrink. The store has been carried on with success, and annually sells large quantities of goods. He is also one of the stockholders of the Mount Olive Coal Company. His father and mother died in Germany, and he is the only one of the family that ever came to this country. He has had four children: William, the oldest, died at the age of eighteen months; the others are named Edward, Emil, and Juliette. He is a republican in politics. He is known as a man of warm and social disposition; he has made a successful merchant; and is a good representative of the progressive and enterprising German element of the County.


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