Among the well-to-do and enterprising citizens of Carlinville, the subject of this brief notice occupies a prominent position as an esteemed and worthy member of the community. He is one of the leading manufacturers of Carlinville, where he is engaged in the manufacture of carbonated beverages of various kinds. He was born in Alsace, France, May 14, 1839, and is a son of John and Mary Ann (Blumstein) Zaepffel.
John Zaepffel was among the leading wine merchants of France, where he owned large vineyards.
Augustus Zaepffel received his education in his native country, and after completing his education engaged in work in the vineyards of his father, where he continued until 1857, when he left his native country and came to America, landing in New Orleans, where he remained three years, after which he removed to St. Louis, Missouri. After living in the Mound City a short time, he removed to Brighton, Illinois. In 1862, he enlisted in the United States service in Company D, 2d Reg., Illinois Vol. Cav., under Colonel Marsh, this regiment being assigned to the Army of the Tennessee. At the end of the term of his enlistment, he was discharged at Columbus, Ohio. He then returned to Brighton, Illinois, where he remained from 1866 till 1869, and then removed to an 80 acre farm that he had purchased, where he engaged in farming for one year. He then sold his farm and removed to Carlinville and engaged in a business, which he sold several years later, and in 1874 engaged in the manufacture of carbonated beverages of various kinds. He has the reputation of being an excellent business man, and of manufacturing carbonated beverages of a very superior quality. He has in past years greatly enlarged his business and is constantly improving the methods of his works. Besides operating this plant he has represented several large brewing companies as agent and collector and has proved himself to be a man of much ability. At the present time he is a wholesale dealer in the keg and bottled beers of the Reisch Brewing Company, of Springfield.
Mr. Zaepffel was united in marriage December 28, 1870, to Sophia Mack, a native of France, and they are the happy parents of six children, whose names are as follows: Mary, who is the wife of Joseph Westmeyer; Gus J.; Clara, who married Julius Barrick; Adelaide; Louisa; and John, who died in infancy. Our subject is a stanch Democrat, active in politics; he has served in the City Council of Carlinville and at present is a member of the Board of Education. Fraternally, he is a member of Orient Lodge, No. 95, Knights of Pythias.