DR. WILLIAM J. WACKERLE, a representative physician and surgeon of Meredosia and a graduate of the University of Heidelburg, was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, Fe. 23, 1819, and came to America when a young man of twenty years. He took up his residence in Meredosia in 1846, and, with the exception of six months spent in Missouri in 1852, during the cholera epidemic in St. Louis, when he volunteered his professional services, he has since been a resident here.
The early studies of our subject were conducted in the common schools of his native place, and when seventeen years old he entered the University of Freiburg, where he attended one and one-half years, then entered the Medical Department of Heidelburg University, where he attended two years and was then graduated. He started for America in the fall of 1839, taking passage at Havre on a sailing vessel and landing in New Orleans after an ocean voyage of sixty-three days. He spent one year in Jackson, La., engaged in the practice of his profession, then, coming north, settled in Detroit, Mich., ut less than a year thereafter returned south to St. Louis, Mo., and thence, in 1846, came to this county.
While a resident of St. Louis Dr. Wackerle was married, Feb. 19, 1843, to Miss Susan F. Anderson, who was born in Fauquier County, Va., June 30, 1825. She is the daughter of Elijah and Fannie (Browning) Anderson. They were likewise natives of Virginia, the father of English and the mother of Scotch descent. In 1835 they removed to Lincoln County, Mo., settled on a farm, and resided there until their decease. The mother died in 1843, and the father in January, 1888, aged ninety-four years. Thus it will be seen that Mrs. Wackerle was only about ten years old when she came to Missouri with her parents. They are the parents of six children, five of whom are living, namely: William F., a resident of Kansas; Charles J., a physician of Glasgow, this State; Louis, a resident of Nevada, Mo.; Edward resides in Butler, Mo.; and Fannie, wife of Prof. Harker, of the Illinois College, Jacksonville. The Doctor is of a social disposition, a man well read and well-informed, and a conscientious practitioner. He belongs to the Morgan County Medical Society and the Masonic fraternity. In religious matters he is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics votes the Democratic ticket. As one of the oldest settlers of Meredosia, he naturally enjoys a wide acquaintance, and is universally respected. His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth (Rise) Wackerle, were of pure German stock, and are now deceased.