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Charles Sellner

     CHARLES SELLNER. The subject of the following sketch is one of the most pleasant and agreeable among the business men of this city. He has been a dealer in leather and findings, and has lived on his present site since 1856. he was born in Wurtenberg, near Stuttgart, Germany, October 17, 1825.
     In 1847, our subject came to America, coming via London, where he embarked in a sailing-vessel, “Toronto” by name, and after a forty-two days' trip, reached New York City. From there he came to Buffalo, N. Y., where he engaged as a clerk in a hide and leather store, working for $4 and board at first, this being gradually increased. He remained with this house for a short time, and then engaged with J. F. Schoellkopfs, who is still a large leather merchant at that place. Here he remained for nine years and worked from the bottom up. In 1856, he came to Quincy by the Northern Cross Railroad, and began business for himself in the block that he now occupies, engaging first in the hide and leather business and later entering into the leather and findings business. He now has one of the oldest leather houses in Quincy, and probably in the State.
     Our subject was married in New York State to Miss Amelia Knorr, who was born in Wurtemberg, Germany. They have five children: Charles, a dealer in photographic supplies at Des Moines, Iowa; Albert, in the same business in Quincy; Emilie, now Mrs. Althaus, residing in St. Louis; Julia, now Mrs. Knittle, residing in Quincy, and Dr. Arnold, who is a graduate of St. Louis Medical College and resides in St. Louis.

  Transcribed by: Debbie Gibson
Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892 Page 127

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