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Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

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One of the thrifty and enterprising citizens that Switzerland has contributed to the population of Staunton is Bernhard Ackermann, who for the past twenty-two years has been engaged as contractor and builder here. He was born on the nineteenth of August, 1858, his parents being Joseph Anton and Margaretha (Good) Ackermann, natives of Switzerland, in which country they passed their entire lives. The father owned a small farm, in the cultivation of which he engaged in connection with transporting by contract iron ore from the mines to the smelter. To Mr. and Mrs. Ackermann were born six children: Margaretha, Mary and Joseph A., all of whom are residents of Switzerland; Bernhard, out subject; Katharine, also a resident of Switzerland; and Arnold, who is deceased.

The first twenty-three years of his life Bernhard Ackermann spent amid the scenes of his childhood, obtaining his education in the public schools of his native land. After mastering the common branches he apprenticed himself to the carpenter's trade, which he followed in the old country until 1881. He had always been very strongly attracted toward America, being desirous of testing the truth of the wonderful stories he heard regarding its opportunities. So in 1881 he took passage for the United States and upon his arrival here made his way inward to Nevada, Missouri. After a short residence there he went to St. Louis, then to Troy, Illinois, and in 1883 he came to Staunton, where he has ever since lived. Mr. Ackermann has a cement block factory and in connection with his carpentry contracting he does all kinds of cement work. He is a competent and skillful workman as well as a reliable business man, and since locating here has been awarded contracts for some of the finest buildings in the town, among them being the Catholic school, the Lutheran church and school, and a part of the public school buildings. He has met with financial success and now owns a very pleasant residence and other real estate in Staunton.

In 1886 Mr. Ackermann married Miss Mary T. Vollmer of Baden, Germany, who passed away in 1904. To them six children were born: Margarietha, who is deceased; Caroline, the wife of Frank Wysup of Belleville, Illinois; A. R., also a resident of Belleville; W. B., who is living in Staunton; C. A. of Staunton; and Amy, who is living at home. In 1908 Mr. Ackermann was again married to Miss Emma Wohlwend of Switzerland.

Mr. Ackermann is a Catholic, with which denomination his family are also affiliated, and he is a member of the Western Catholic Union. He recognizes organized labor, the principles of which he upholds, through his membership in the carpenters' union. Ever since he became a citizen Mr. Ackermann has cast his ballot in support of the democratic party, and has served as a member of the town council. Since settling here Mr. Ackermann has made many stanch friends, having been found reliable in business transactions, loyal in matters of citizenship and dependable in all of his relation of life both private and public.

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