WILLIAM HIERONYMUS, proprietor of a blacksmith and machine shop of Mount Olive, Macoupin County, is a skilled mechanic in every respect and one of the most prominent and enterprising citizens of his city. He was born in the city of Treysa, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, in 1848, and is a son of Ludwig and Barbara (Schwing) Hieronymus.
Ludwig Hieronymus, the father of our subject was also born in the city of Treysa, Hesse-Nassau, Germany, where he spent his entire life. He was a first class miller by trade and his services were always in demand. He died in his native country.
William Hieronymus, who is one in a family of seven children born to his parents, received his preliminary educational training in his native country and when 13 years of age took up the trade of a blacksmith, which he followed until 17 years of age, when he came to the United States, landing in New York City. Mr. Hieronymus immediately removed to Mount Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois, where he remained for two years. He was then a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, for 11 years, after which he returned to Mount Olive, where, in 1879, he engaged in his present business, which he has since conducted with the best results. In political circles, mr. Hieronymus is a Republican but takes but a citizen's interest in political affairs.
Mr. Hieronymus married Augusta Holtgreve, a daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Heidbrink) Holtgreve, both of whom were natives of Germany. Mr. Holtgreve was an earnest and devout minister of the Lutheran Church. He and his wife were the parents of three children besides Mrs. Hieronymus, one brother being Rev. Paul B. Holtgreve. Our subject and wife were blessed with eight children, seven of whom are still living, namely: Bertha, wife of William L. Niemann of Mount Olive, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Emma, Amandus, Henry, Pauline, Augusta and William. Mr. Hieronymus and his family are strict members of the Lutheran Church.