WILLIAM SURMAN, a resident of Carlinville, was born in Cannelton, Perry County, Ind., April 18, 1852. His father, Frederick Surman, was born in Germany, July 7, 1809. Here he was reared and married. He received a good education and became a teacher, which profession he pursued in his native land until 1850. Then accompanied by his wife and one child he came to America. he located in Perry County, Ind., and there engaged in the mercantile business. In 1867 he removed to Carlinville, and resumed teaching. He continued to reside here until his death, which took place January 31, 1881. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was Fredericka Post. Her early home was in the same locality as that of her husband. Her natal day was October 28, 1806, and she died in Carlinville, February 1, 1888. She reared and trained two children. Her first-born, Frederick, died when twenty-five years old. Our subject, the only surviving child, received his education in the public schools, which he supplemented by attendance upon Blackburn University. At the age of nineteen he commenced clerking in a dry-goods store, and later took a similar position in an establishment devoted to Gentlemen's furnishing goods. He thus became acquainted with this branch of business. This enabled him in 1875 to establish a business of his own, in which he has been very successful. He has a large and well chosen assortment of goods, in the display of which he exercises great taste.
In 1880, this gentleman was united in Marriage with Miss Paulina Loehr, who was born in Carlinville, a daughter of John C. Loehr, whose sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume. Six children have been granted to these worthy parents, namely: Theodore J., Alpha P., Hugo E., Stella T., William P. and Earnest F. Mrs. Surman is an earnest member of the Lutheran Church. In 1890 Mr. Surman erected a beautiful residence at the corner of East Main street and College Ave.