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Matthias OBERT, born November 21, 1808, in Burbach, in the Black Forest of Baden, learned the shoemaker's trade and emigrated to America in 1829, locating in Baltimore. In 1830 he was initiated as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows by Thomas WILDEY, founder of the Order in this country. From Baltimore he went to Pittsburgh, following his trade for two years. Then he came to St. Louis, where he married Marie FELSING in 1835. March 14, 1837, a son was born to them, whom they named John. In 1838 the family came to Quincy, where Mrs. OBERT died in 1839. April 4, 1841, Matthias OBERT married Anna JAHN, born 1810 in the Principality of Hessen. In 1852 he, with his son John, went overland to California, returning to Quincy within a year. In 1862 he went into the grocery business. His wife died in 1882; he departed this life December 28, 1885. At the time of his death Matthias OBERT was the oldest member of the Odd Fellows in the world, having been a member for fifty-nine years. Isabelle M. OBERT, a daughter, was teacher in the public schools of Quincy, and in 1861 became the wife of Edward WILD, a prominent business man; Marie, another daughter, was married to Otto RINGIER}, also prominent in business. All persons mentioned in the foregoing have departed this life years ago, but a number of descendants are among the living.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p. 341.

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