GEORGE W. HELMBOLD. Among the descendants of German ancestry in Mount Olive who should be named in a work relating to the best citizens of Macoupin county is George W. Helmbold, for many years town clerk of Mount Olive and also successfully engaged in mining. He was born in Bunker Hill, October 19, 1864, a son of John and Dorothy (Bornkamp) Helmbold. The parents were both natives of Hanover, Germany, and emigrated to America after growing to maturity in their native land. The mother was twice married, her first husband being Diedrich Danklef, and there were several children born to this union. Mr. Helmbold was a laboring man at Bunker Hill. In 1879 he came to Mount Olive and assisted in sinking the shaft in No. 9 mine. He made his home in Mount Olive until his death, which occurred December 12, 1881.
George W. Helmbold was reared under the parental roof and in the common schools acquired the foundation of his education. Later he pursued a business course at Greer's Business College in St. Louis. Upon leaving college he returned to Mount Olive and began working in the butcher shop conducted by his stepbrothers John and Henry Danklef. After eight or ten years he transferred his allegiance to Richard Engelman, who was in the same line of business, and continued with him six years. He then entered the employ of John Lawson and was associated with him about six years, being connected with the butcher business for a total period of about twenty-one years. After leaving this line of work he engaged with Henry Danklef in railroad contracting but later resigned his position and has ever since been identified with mining in this region.
In 1885 Mr. Helmbold was married to Miss Marie Pfiffner, a native of Switzerland, who came to America with her mother in 1880, the father having died in the old country. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Helmbold, six of whom survive, namely: Dorothy, who is the wife of William E. Schwing of Mount Olive; Olga, the wife of Martin Bub, of Mount Olive; Frank, who makes his home in St. Louis, Missouri; and Anna, Amanda and Josephine all of whom are at home.
In politics Mr. Helmbold is a supporter of the democratic party and is now serving as town clerk of Mount Olive, a position he has held for sixteen years past with the exception of two years, discharging his duties in a manner to meet the hearty approval of taxpayers. Fraternally he is identified with Acme Lodge, No. 707, I.O.O.F., and has filled the office of secretary of this organization continuously for sixteen years past. He is very favorably known in Mount Olive and throughout Macoupin county and socially is much esteemed. He is a prosperous business man, whose efforts have been directed along strictly legitimate channels and have met with deserved recognition.