HENRY T. MEINECKE, who is engaged in business as a dealer in wines and liquors in Gillespie, is a native of that place and has there spent the greater part of his life. He was born on the 29th of January, 1867, and is the son of Antone W. Meinecke, a native of Germany, who spent his boyhood days in the Fatherland but when a young man crossed the Atlantic, determined to seek his fortune in the United States. He made his first location in Alton, Ill., where he remained for some years, and then removed to this county, settling in Gillespie, where he embarked in business as a partner of Henry Bherns. They established a general merchandise store which is still carried on by Mr. Bherns. After a time Mr. Meinecke withdrew from the business and engaged as a dealer in wines and liquors, carrying on operations in that line for a number of years when he sold out his interest here and went to Baltimore, Md., where he still makes his home. In that city he is also engaged in the same line of trade which he followed here. He was united in marriage with Anna Brush, also a native of Germany, who during the days of her maidenhood crossed the broad ocean and took up her residence in Macoupin County, Ill. She died at her home in Gillespie in 1876, in the faith of the Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Meinecke is also a member.
Our subject was reared and educated in Gillespie and in 1890 formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Mary Raynor, who was born in Belleville, Ill., of English parentage, and had come to this county during her girlhood. In Belleville her parents, Robert and Sarah (Burton) Raynor, both died, passing away when in middle life. Mrs. Meinecke was only a child at that time and by her sister she was reared to womanhood. After she had attained to years of maturity her marriage was celebrated and their union has been blessed by one child, a son, William.
Mr. and Mr. Meinecke have many friends throughout the community where he has long resided. In politics he is a Democrat, having supported that party since he attained his majority and keeps himself well informed concerning the political issues of the day. He entered upon his business career as a bartender in the employ of Fred Schalk of Litchfield, where he remained for some time. He established business on Main Street in Gillespie in November, 1890, and has since carried on operations as a retail-dealer of wines and liquors.