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Duker Family
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The Duker family for many years has been prominent in Quincy's business circles. Frank Duker born March 5, 1826, in Ankum, Hanover, learned the cabinet-maker's trade in his home town and emigrated to America, landing in New Orleans December 1, 1845. He remained in the South over the winter, but in the following year left for St. Louis, where he remained for some time and finally came to Quincy, where he went into business as a manufacturer of and dealer in furniture, and in the course of time built up quite a business. In 1850 Frank Duker married Caroline Catherine Schmidt, born October 29, 1829, in Ankum. Frank Duker died July 14, 1894, his wife departed this life November 7, 1908. John H. Duker, a son, born in Quincy, October 10, 1855, followed his father in the business with his brothers Theodore, John, George and Henry, but now is the only survivor, conducting the furniture store in partnership with Mrs. Clara Duker, the widow of Henry Duker. April 22, 1880, John H. Duker married Margaret Schwab, a daughter of Caspar Schwab of Quincy. In 1847 Mrs. Elizabeth Duker, the widow of Gerhard Duker, left Ankum, Hanover, with three sons, Henry, Theodore and John Herman Duker. They came by way of New Orleans and located in Quincy. Henry Duker, born in 1822, for many years conducted a general store in the city, and has long since departed this life.

Theodore Duker, born May 6, 1829, came to Quincy in 1847, and learned the cooper's trade with Theodore Brinkhoff. For seven years he was thus engaged, and in the course of time married Elizabeth Brinkhoff, the daughter of his employer. In 1854 Theodore Brinkhoff, Theodore Duker and William Barstadt went into the grocery business. In 1857 Theodore Duker and his brother, John H. Duker, bought the business from the firm and conducted the same until 1871, when they went into the wholesale liquor business, in which they were very successful. William T. Duker, a son of Theodore and Elizabeth (Brinkhoff) Duker, born in this city December 14, 1861, was educated in the schools of Quincy and later pursued a course in St. Francis College and the Gem City Business College. In 1883 he formed a partnership with H. B. Menke, under the firm name Menke & Duker. In 1893 Mr. Duker became sole proprietor of the business, and in 1901 moved to more spacious quarters. The business grew steadily and finally he bought the Doerr Building, Sixth and Maine streets, which he remodeled in such a manner that it now may be called an entirely new building. February 15, 1887, William T. Duker married Elizabeth Bowles, and they have one daughter, Edna Duker, and one son, William T., Jr. Other sons of Theodore and Elizabeth (Brinkhoff) Duker are: Hubert, Otto, Christian, Antone, August and Alois. Daughters are: Mrs. Elizabeth Wand, Mrs. Marie Hellhake, Mrs. Emma Hilgenbrink and Mathilde Duker. John Herman Duker, born March 28, 1833, came to Quincy in 1847, learned the saddler's trade, and later entered into partnership with John Kull, conducting a harness and saddlery store. In 1859 he sold out, and in partnership with his brother Theodore Duker conducted a grocery store until 1871, when the brothers went into the wholesale liquor trade. In 1887 John Herman Duker became one of the stockholders in Quincy National Bank and was shortly afterward elected president, a position he held until his death. In 1856 John Herman Duker married Clara Elizabeth Glass, born in this city, a daughter of Simon and Margaret (Liebig) Glass, early pioneers of Quincy. John Herman Duker died November 14, 1903, his wife departed this life February 8, 1913. Sons living are: Simon, who carries on the wholesale liquor business, and John L., teller at the Quincy National Bank. Daughters are: Anna, wife of John C. Ording; Antonine, wife of Dr. A. J. Blickhan; Helen Duker; and Clara, wife of Harry Beatty.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 380-381.

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