WILLIAM L. NIEMANN, one of the prominent business men of Mount Olive, Macoupin County, and junior member of the well known firm of Niemann Brothers, was born in Mount Olive, June 2, 1869, and is a son of John C. and Anna (Stullken) Niemann.
The late John C. Niemann was one of the prominent citizens of Macoupin County for many years. He was born in Prussia, and migrated to the United States in 1839, coming to Macoupin County, Illinois, among its early pioneers. He settled at Mount Olive when he was the only one of his countrymen who had chosen a home in this locality. After a long and prosperous life, his death took place September 9, 1896. He was twice married. To his first marriage, with Margaret Stullken, were born three children: Mary, wife of C. J. Keiser, of Mount Olive; Sophia, widow of the late William Niemeyer; and Henry, who died in 1876. His second wife, the mother of our subject, who lives in Mount Olive, was a sister of his first; to them were born six children - Matilda, Lydia, Louisa, Edward F., William L. and Anna.
William L. Niemann secured a good common school education and has been in business in Mount Olive since leaving school. In 1896, in association with his brother, Edward F., whose sketch will be found in this volume, he established the lumber firm of Niemann Brothers, and through the handling of only reliable goods, and by reason of low prices and careful attention, the business has assumed very large proportions. In addition to dealing in lumber, they handle lime, cement, paints, oils, sewer tile and builders' supplies of all kinds.
On June 19, 1898, Mr. Niemann was married to Bertha Hieronymus, a daughter of William Hieronymus, of Mount Olive, whose sketch appears in this work. They have one son, Wilmot E., who was born July 19, 1899. Mr. and Mrs. Niemann are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics, our subject is a Republican.