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Brockschmidt, John Henry
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John Henry Brockschmidt, born September 16, 1830, in Bohmte, Hanover, emigrated in 1848. Leaving Bremen in June, he landed in Baltimore in September of said year. From there he crossed the Alleghenies for Cincinnati, where he arrived in October, and found a home with an uncle, Christian Brockschmidt, who was a locksmith. After working in a tobacco factory for some time he took sick and was admitted to a hospital in the spring of 1849. Finally recovering from a lingering illness, he appealed to his uncle, Joseph Brockschmidt, in Quincy, who sent him $25 to pay the doctor and his fare to Quincy, where he arrived in October, 1849. In April 1850, the uncle secured an apprenticeship for him with George J. Laage, the pioneer hatter, with whom he had to serve four years; besides his board, lodging and laundry, his compensation was $25 for the first year, $50 for the second, $75 for the third, and $100 for the fourth year. After serving his apprenticeship he went to St. Louis, where he worked in different large hat manufactories. Returning to Quincy he in September, 1855, established a business of his own. Being successful he took in his brother, Joseph, as assistant, and in 1860 as partner. Besides conducting his business as hatter and furrier, he from 1870 to 1874 was interested with William Cramer in the distillery, on Cedar Creek. On September 10, 1857, John Henry Brockschmidt married Caroline Epple, daughter of the old pioneer, John Paul Epple. His wife died April 8, 1876, his brother, Joseph, died November 11, 1896, and John Henry Brockschmidt departs this life October 23, 1897. Alfred J. Brockschmidt, the only son surviving, was born in Quincy August 11, 1860. Between the ages of six and twelve years he attended the parochial school of St. Boniface Church. Later he entered St. Francis College, devoting three years to the preparatory and four years to the collegiate course, and later pursued a two years' post-graduate course. In 1879 he graduated, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Arts. During the last two years of his college course he read law under the direction of O. H. Browning. In 1881 he received the degree of Master of Arts from his alma mater, and in the same year was enrolled as a law student in Yale University, where he remained two years and graduated in 1883 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He afterward took a post-graduate course of two years, the degree of Master of Laws being conferred on him in 1884, and the degree of Doctor of Civil Law in 1885. He also won the Winchester scholarship, which entitled him to spend one year at Berlin and one year at Paris, but he did not take advantage of this at the time. For many years Alfred J. Brockschmidt has been active in his profession. In June, 1884, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Connecticut, in October he was admitted to the bar of Illinois, and in November of the same year to the Supreme Court of New York. In 1885 he was permitted to practice in the high courts of Canada, while in 1886 he was admitted to practice in the federal courts at Springfield. August 28, 1901, Alfred J. Brockschmidt married Mathilde Loire, daughter of Philibert Loire of St. Louis.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 391-392.

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