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Mueller, Gerhard
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Gerhard Mueller, born May 13, 1801, in Noorden, Ostfriesland, married Thoma Bockmeyer, born April 17, 1820, in the same town. In 1849 the family emigrated and came to New Orleans, where they remained during the winter. In the spring of 1850 they came up the river and landed in Quincy April 15, where they located. Gerhard Mueller was a shoemaker and followed his trade for many years, his death occurring July 10, 1876. His wife, Mrs. Thoma Mueller, for many years conducted a millinery store in this city, she departed this life September 3, 1891. Bernard H. Miller, the eldest son, born in Noorden, January 4, 1848, grew up in Quincy and attended Salem Parochial School. His first work was selling newspapers during the Civil war on the McCune line of packets. March 1, 1864, he secured a place in the drug store of Adolph Zimmermann, but in the following fall obtained a position in the laboratory of Jacob S. Merrill, St. Louis, and later was employed by E. J. Williamson in the same city. He was one of the original members of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In 1866 he returned to Quincy to accept a position with Rutherford, Hurlbut & Company, afterwards Sommer & Metz, and three years later associated himself in the drug business with George Terdenge. In 1874 the firm Sommer, Miller & Terdenge was formed. The year following Mr. Sommer withdrew and Albert Sellner became interested in the business. January 1, 1884, W. H. Arthur bought out Mr. Terdenge's interest and January 1, 1889, the firm Miller & Arthur became the sole proprietors. Today the great business is conducted under the firm and style The Miller & Arthur Drug Company. June 6, 1872, Bernard H. Miller married Harriet Henshall of this city, she died in 1910, leaving her husband with one son, Bernard H. Miller, Jr., who was with the Fisk Rubber Tire Company in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he died two years ago, age twenty-one years; also two daughters, Cora, wife of Don Rapp, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Thoma, wife of Byron Gilbert in Chicago. Bernard H. Miller later marred for the second time, choosing for his wife Mrs. Frances Connelly, of Red Bluff, California. Gerhard Miller, Jr., the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Mueller, was a traveling salesman for a wholesale house and lost his life thirty-five years ago, he being caught in the ruins of a building that was wrecked in St. Louis. Antje, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerhard Mueller, was born in Noorden and became the wife of Leslie Williamson, machinist in Quincy. Etta, another daughter, became the wife of Jesse Laird in this city.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 395-396.

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