PREHN, THEODORE H., a dealer in lumber and building materials, conducting a prosperous and growing business in Bunker Hill, has long been identified with industrial activities in this community, where he holds ranks among the substantial and well known business men. He was born in this town on the 4th of August, 1870, a son of Henry and Rosina (Gehring) Prehn, both natives of Germany, the former of Holstein and the latter of Saxony. They were married, however, in the United States, the father arriving in this country about 1850. He established his first home in Bunker Hill township, Macoupin county, Illinois, and here continued to reside until 1883, in which year he removed to Carlton, Missouri, and there passed away in 1903. Ere leaving the fatherland he had learned the tailor's trade, which he followed until his arrival in America, after which he engaged in contracting and building. He was very successful in this line of activity, possessing much skill and ability, and at the time of his death was the owner of a valuable estate. His wife's death occurred in 1901. They were the parents of eight children, as follows: George, residing in Bunker Hill and serving as assessor of this township; Charles T., of Bosworth, Missouri; Theodore H., of this review; Rena, living in bunker Hill; Emma, now deceased; and three who passed away in infancy.
No event of special importance came to vary the routine of life for Theodore H. Prehn during the period of his boyhood and youth, which was spent in the acquirement of an education, first in the common schools of Bunker Hill and later in the high school of Carrollton, Missouri. He remained at home until attaining his majority and at the age of twenty-two years returned to Bunker Hill, here engaging in the contracting and building business for a number of years. About eight years ago, however, he opened a yard and began dealing in lumber and building materials, in which venture he has since proved most successful. He possesses good business sense, keeps thoroughly in touch with the lumber market so that he knows where and when to buy to the best advantage and has gained for his enterprise a representative patronage which is constantly increasing in volume and importance. He owns the block which contains his lumber yard and upon which he has a good dwelling, and is numbered among the substantial and prosperous business men of Bunker Hill.
It was on the 21st of November, 1894, that Mr. Prehn was united in marriage to Miss Anna Meinecke, a daughter of F. A. and Anna (Dusold) Meinecke, the former a native of Hanover and the latter of Lichtenfeldt, Germany. Her father came to the United States in the early ‘40s and made his way to California where he prospected for gold for a time. Later he came to Bunker Hill and here he passed away in 1890, his wife surviving him, however, until 1907. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Prehn have been born four children: Leslie Edward; Paul W., deceased; Francis J., and Theodore O. All are at home.
Mr. Prehn gives his political support to the republican party, but the honors and emoluments of office have never held attraction for him, preferring rather to concentrate his energies and attention upon his business interests. He has made good use of opportunities that have arisen and in their wise utilization has met with a degree of prosperity which is at once creditable and substantial.