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Michels, Charles
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Charles MICHELS was born 1803 in Minden, Prussia, learned the blacksmith's trade, and in 1829 he married Arnoldine KOETTERS. In 1842 the family came to America; landing in Baltimore, they continued their journey overland to Pittsburgh, then by steamboat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, where they remained for several months and finally came to Quincy. Here Charles MICHELS conducted a smithshop for six months, and in 1843 went to farming. Six years later he returned to the city and in 1849, with three other men went to California. With four yoke of oxen and one wagon they started on their trip overland. When they arrived at their destination, they had one ox and a two-wheeled cart left. After spending, three years in the gold fields, they returned to Quincy in 1852, where Charles MICHELS resumed his business. June 14 1861, he died, his wife departing this life August 1, 1886. Arnold MICHELS, born January 23, 1838, in Westland, Westphalia, was the eldest son of Charles and Arnoldine (KOETTERS) MICHELS, and came to Quincy with his parents, learning the carpenters trade. In 1859 he went overland to the gold fields near Pike's Peak, from where he returned to St. Louis, working at his trade for two years in that city, when he. came back to Quincy. November 6, 1862, he married Eliza HELLERMANN, born in Muehlhausen, Thuringia. From 1862 to 1873 Arnold MICHELS was busy as carpenter and contractor; then he conducted a brickyard until 1877, when he went to farming for four years; in 1892 he opened a wagon maker's shop at Columbus in this county, and in 1896 returned to Quincy, where he resided until his death, October 14, 1910. His widow still survives. Children living are: Louis, a painter, in Colorado; William, dealer in automobiles, in Camp Point; Albert, a farmer in Colorado; George, a barber in Quincy; Walter, a farmer in Colorado. One daughter, Amelie, is the wife of Dr. Christ HAXEL, in Coatsburg, Adams County.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 361-362.

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