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CHARLES NUSBAUM. The true measure of success is determined by what one has accomplished, and, as taken in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country, there is particular interest attaching to the career of Charles Nusbaum, since he is a native son of the place where he has passed his active life and so directed his abilities and efforts as to gain recognition as one of the representative citizens of Menard county. He is engaged in the practice of law and has won for himself an enviable position in the ranks of the legal fraternity.
Born in Petersburg, on the 13th of January, 1860, Mr. Nusbaum is of German lineage. His grandfather, Bernard Nusbaum, was a native of Bavaria, Germany, in which country Abraham Nusbaum, his son and the father of our subject, was also born. The latter came to America in early manhood and located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was afterward joined by his father and the other members of the family, and there the grandfather continued to make his home until called from this life. Abraham Nusbaum, however, removed from Ohio to Petersburg about 1850 and established a mercantile enterprise which he continued to conduct until 1874, being very successful in the work. He was married to Miss Sarah Salzenstein and they became the parents of two sons.
Charles Nusbaum, the younger son, was a public school student and after his graduation from the high school he continued his studies in the Illinois College at Jacksonville. In 1879 he completed a course there by graduation and with good literary knowledge to serve as the basis of his professional learning he matriculated in the law department of the University of Michigan, where he was graduated with the class of 1881. Two years later he entered upon active practice in Petersburg, where he has since remained, long maintaining a foremost position in the ranks of the legal fraternity in Menard county. From 1888 until 1896 he served as states attorney. The zeal with which he has devoted his energies to his profession, the careful regard evinced for the interests of his clients, and an assiduous and unrelaxing attention to all the details of his cases, have brought him a large business and made him very successful in conduct. His arguments have elicited warm commendation not only from his associates at the bar but also from the bench. In addition to his law practice he is interested in financial circles of the city, having succeeded his father as a director of the First National Bank of Petersburg. He is also one of the directors of the Lanning Harris Coal & Grain Company, of Kansas City.
On the 25th of October 1893, Mr. Nusbaum was united in marriage to Miss Clara Stern, a native of Lincoln, Illinois, and a daughter of Samuel and Jeanette (Rosenberger) Stern. They have one son, Carl. Fraternally Mr. Nusbaum is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias and is in full sympathy with the beneficent teachings of those orders. He was made a Mason in June, 1903, in the Petersburg lodge. He owns a nice residence on the Hillside, and he and his wife are popular and have many friends in Menard county, while their own attractive home is noted for its warm-hearted hospitality.