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John BREITWIESER, born July 9, 1816, in Kleestadt, Grand duchy of Hessen, learned the shoemaker's trade with George LIEBIG in Gross Biberau. The latter part of 1837 he emigrated and came to America, landing in Baltimore. Later he came West, arriving in Quincy May 17, 1838, where he settled for life. In the same year the first German Protestant church, St. John's Church, was built in this city and John BREITWIESER assisted in the construction of the building, which was erected on the east side of South Seventh Street, between York and Kentucky, on the site where at present St. John's Lutheran Church stands. In 1842 John BREITWIESER, with William DICKHUT and Robert BENNESON, went overland to Wisconsin in a wagon drawn by four horses. Prairie chickens were so numerous that they could kill them with clubs. They traveled 600 miles before they reached the first sawmill, conducted by Frank BIRON, a Frenchman, six miles north of Grand Rapids on the Wisconsin River. After trading their horses and wagon for 30,000 feet of lumber, and constructing a raft, they started down stream, bound for Quincy, an Indian serving as pilot. En route the voyagers lost their course, getting into a "blind alley." The water rushing over the raft, the three men had to stand in the water up to their hips for two days, when a steamboat came along, noticed their distress, and rescued them by dragging the raft into the regular channel, they then continuing their trip to Quincy. John BREITWIESER served in the Mormon war as a member of the Quincy German Guards. For many years he was in the employ of Dickhut & Benneson, the lumber dealers, also as teamster of the Eagle Mills. John BREITWIESER was twice married; his first wife was Marie HUENECKE, born near Bremen, Germany; his second wife, Amalie REINECKER, from Muehlhausen, Thuringia. September 15, 1901, he died a widower aged over eighty-five years. Children living are: Charles. William BREITWIESER, Mrs. Mary BUERKIN, and Miss Emilie BREITWIESER, all in Quincy. Charles William BREITWIESER, the son, born March 5, 1862, left school when thirteen years of age to learn the cigar maker's trade, but a year later accepted a position in a retail store. Remaining sixteen years he secured a comprehensive knowledge in every department and in 1892 bought the grocery business from William EVERS, which he continued for twelve years. In.1904 he sold out and for a number of years has been manager of the Gem City Transfer Company. In1882 he married Clara ROTHGEB , a daughter of the old German pioneer Henry ROTHGEB.

Surnames included in the Breitwieser family history are BENNESON, BIRON, BUERKIN, DICKHUT, EVERS, HUENECKE, LIEBIG, REINECKER, ROTHGEB.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 344-345.

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