HERMAN WEISE. Many of the most successful and progressive citizens of Macoupin county are of German parentage. Endowed with those sterling traits of industry, economy and will power which are distinguishing characteristics of the Teutonic race, they have resolutely persevered in the struggle for financial independence and it is a pleasure to note that their efforts have in a number of instances met with deserved reward. Among the fortunate ones is Herman Weise, a cigar manufacturer of Carlinville. Born in Hanover Germany, May 9, 1851, he is a son of Henry and Mina Weise, both of whom were natives of Germany. In their family were four children: Mina, who is now a widow and was twice married, her husbands having been William Wagner and William Piertner; Herman, of this review; Charles, who died at the age of eleven years; and Henry, who died when he was four years old.
Henry Weise, the father of our subject, was a laborer in Germany. He came to America with his family in 1852 and engaged in farm work in Macoupin county, Illinois. Before the close of his first year in this country he located at Carlinville, where he followed various pursuits. He died about 1876, at the age of fifty years, but was survived many years by his wife, who died in 1908, aged eighty-three years. They were both members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Weise showed his love for his adopted country by enlisting in the Union army at the time of the Civil war. He went to the field, but was honorably discharged without seeing active service.
Arriving in America in his infancy, Herman Weise has practically spent his entire life at Carlinville. He attended the common schools and also the German parochial school, where he gained the foundation of a good education. In his boyhood he worked at anything he could find to do and at the age of fifteen began learning the cigarmaker's trade, with which he has ever since been identified. He has engaged in business on his own account at Carlinville for thirty-seven years and by upright dealing and close study of the wants of patrons became well established in his business many years ago. He owns a good home on West First North street and his shop on the east side of the public square. He manufactures special brands of cigars, such as the Lord Chancellor, the La Rosa, the Perfecto and others, and gives steady employment to several persons.
Mr. Weise was married to Mrs. Mildred (Perrin) Mason, a daughter of Samuel Perrin. Her former husband was William Mason and to their union three children were born: Clara, who married William Rowe; Lint E., who is now living in Carlinville; and Sue, who became the wife of George Schoenher. While Mr. Weise has never had any children of his own, he has reared two children in addition to those of his wife and given all of them excellent advantages of education. The names of the two were Mildred Rowe and Herman Rowe. Mrs. Weise was born in Kentucky and came to Illinois with her parents in her childhood. Her father was a slaveholder in the south, but liberated his slaves before the Civil war. He lived in Rockbridge and other towns in Greene county, Illinois, but now makes his home at Medora, Illinois. His wife is deceased.
Politically Mr. Weise is an adherent of the democratic party, whose principles and candidates he heartily espouses. He is a member of the Lutheran church, while Mrs. Weise belonged to the Christian church. He is a true admirer and supporter of the republic and is known as a man of kindly and benevolent principles, who aims at all times to perform his part in promoting the general welfare. He has a very extensive acquaintance throughout this section and is held in high esteem by all who know him.