CHARLES H. KLAUENBERG, druggist at Carlinville, is one of the popular and enterprising young business men of this county. He is a native of this city, and a son of Charles Klauenberg, one of its former well-known residents. His father was born in Grossen Floethe, Hanover, Germany, in June, 1829. He in turn was a son of Conrad Klauenberg, who was born in the same locality, as was also his father, whose given name was David, who was a farmer, and a life-long resident of his birthplace. The grandfather of our subject was a stone and plaster mason by trade, and carried on his occupation in the Old Country until 1854, when he emigrated to America, and coming to this county made his home in Carlinville his remaining days, following his trade during his active life.
The father of our subject attended school steadily in his native town until he was eighteen years old, thus obtaining a good education. He then learned the trade of a barber, and as was the custom used to practice as a surgeon in connection with his calling. In 1852 he came to this country, and for a time was a resident of New Orleans, whence he came to Carlinville in the spring fo 1853. Carlinville was then but a small place, and the business as a barber that he established here grew with the growth of the village. In 1854 he had made money enough to warrant him in purchasing a lot on West Main Street, the same that our subject now occupies, and here he erected the first building ever put upon the street, the city jail excepted. He had started with one chair, but his business increased and he put in another chair, and soon bought a stock of cigars.
In 1861 he turned his attention to the drug business, which he carried on successfully until his death in 1873. During his many years residence in this city, he had won his way to an honorable place among the solid business men, and there were none more worthy of respect than he. He was a single man when he came here, but he soon met and wooed for his wife Miss Catherine Zengle, a native of Marjoss, Hesse-Cassel, Germany. She came to America when a young lady, bravely setting out in the wide world alone, unaccompanied by any of her friends or relatives. She landed at St. Louis with but a few dollars in her pocket, and there she married Mr. Klauenberg, and proved herself a worthy helpmate and true wife. She died in 1888. She was the mother of two children, Lillie and our subject. Lillie is the wife of H. A. Steinmeyer.
Charles Klauenberg gained the preliminaries of his education in the city schools, and at the age of fourteen entered Blackburn University, where he pursued a fine course of study. When not in school he assisted his father, and at the age of seventeen commenced business for himself, and has been actively engaged since that time, with the exception of three years when he was in ill health. During that time his building was burned, and he erected the two story brick that he now occupies on the spot where his father first built. His store is neatly and tastefully fitted up, and he carries a full stock of drugs, stationery, school books, etc., and commands an extensive trade.
Mr. Klauenberg and Miss Maggie Winter were married in June, 1876. Mr. Klauenberg is a native of Keyport, N.J., and is a daughter of Conrad and Mergerch Winter, natives respectively of Germany and Ireland. Our subject and his wife have two children living, Leo and Grace. Nellie, their second child, died at the age of two years.
Our subject is wide-awake and progressive, and is an important factor in helping to carry forward the business interests of his native city. He is a man of social prominence, and is a member fo the following organizations: was charter member of Orient Lodge, No. 95, K. of P.; Silver Lodge, No. 924, K. of H.; and belongs to the camp of Modern Woodmen of America.