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Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1912

Page 1045

As long as Springfield's residences and schoolhouses stand as a monument to his industry and skill, Henry Bettinghaus will be gratefully remembered by its people. he was for many years engaged in a general contracting and building business here, and his work is the best testimonial he can ever have. He was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, May 3, 1835, and there received a fair education. Leaving his native land when only seventeen, he came to America, and locating in Toledo, Ohio, there learned the carpenter trade. After working at it in Toledo for seven years, in 1859 he came to Springfield, and this has been his home ever since. Until 1863 he merely worked at his trade, but in that year he began contracting, and eventually became one of the most extensive builders here. Many of the most substantial schoolhouses and handsomest residences were put up by him. In 1906, feeling that he had done his full duty, Mr. Bettinghaus retired, and since then has been resting from his many years of arduous labors.

On September 7, 1859, Mr. Bettinghaus was united in marriage, in Springfield, with Louisa Schnitker, born in Prussia, Germany, April 28, 1838, and they have had the following children: George W., a general contractor; Anna, wife of Rev. George Moehring of Millington, Mich.; Elizabeth, at home; Catherine, wife of Rev. W. T. Vogel, of Dewey, Ill., pastor of the German Lutheran Church of that place; and six who are deceased. Mr. Bettinghaus is a member of the German Lutheran Church of Springfield, with which he has been connected for half a century. He is an excellent example of the German-American. Industrious, thrifty and sociable, he has been a good business man and at the same time gathered about him a wide circle of warm, personal friends, whom he delights to entertain at his pleasant home. He and his wife are deservedly popular with their friends and neighbors, and are justly regarded as among the best people of the Capital City.

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