JOHN C. NIEMANN, deceased, who for many years was a prominent citizen of Mount Olive and an extensive farmer and stock raiser of Macoupin County, was born at Borgholzhausen, Ravensburg-Halle, Prussia, April 12, 1817, and was a son of Casper Niemann, a prosperous farmer of that locality.
Mr. Niemann was educated in the excellent schools of his native land and has learned the management of a farm before he came to the United States. When he landed in Baltimore, Maryland, May 13, 1839, it was with a capital of $3,80, and his first work in America was as a laborer on the Chesapeake & Potomac Canal, which was then in course of construction, where he earned $1.25 per day. He came to Illinois and settled among the pioneers of Macoupin County and, when he located at Mount Olive, was the only German settler for miles around. In 1841 he located on a farm near Carlinville, where he remained three years, but from 1844 until his death he was a resident of Mount Olive. He was interested in the town's early business enterprises and was one of the most successful farmers and stock raisers of the township through many years. Mr. Niemann's death took place September 9, 1896.
Mr. Niemann was married in 1847 to Margaret Stullken, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, and died in September, 1854, leaving three children, viz: Mary, who is the wife of C. J. Keiser, a prominent business man of Mount Olive; Sophia, who is the widow of the late William Niemeyer, of whom a sketch will be found in this volume; and Henry, who died in 1876. Mr. Niemann's second marriage was to his sister-in-law, Anna Stullken, who still survives with these children: Matilda, Lydia, Louisa, Edward F., William L. and Anna. Mr. Niemann's sons form the firm of Niemann Brothers, extensive dealers in lumber, lime, cement, paints, oils, sewer pipe and building material of all kinds. This firm was established in 1896 and is known all through Macoupin County, not only for its enterprise, but for its honest methods and perfect reliability.
In politics, Mr. Niemann was a lifelong Republican, but was no aspirant for political honors. He was one of the pillars of the Lutheran Church in Mount Olive, and was a man who commanded the respect of all who knew him, both in business and private life.