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F. C. Altenhein

     F. C. ALTENHEIN, dealer in agricultural implements at No. 1219 Broadway, Quincy, Ill. There have been few departments of manufacture in which the improvement has been so great as in agricultural implements, and among the men who keep a fine line of modern farming machinery is Mr. Altenhein. He is a native of the city of Quincy, Ill., and is a son of Frederick and Christina (Rhode) Altenhein, the former of whom was successfully engaged in tilling the soil, and was thrifty, progressive and industrious, as are all Germans.
     F. C. Altenhein was the eldest in a family of five children, and until he was about fourteen years of age, his time was about equally divided between attending school and assisting his father on the farm, but from that age up to about 1886, his time was given almost exclusively to agriculture. While following the plow, he gained a clear insight into the kind of implements that were required for a successful conduct of the farm, and when starting out in life for himself, he determined to make this his first business venture, and at once laid in a comprehensive supply of machinery, which has gradually increased in volume, until he now does a very extensive business. His stock is carefully selected from the products of the best manufacturers, and his house has a first-class standing, and is recognized as occupying a high place among the solid and substantial business concerns of Quincy.
     In connection with this business Mr. Altenhein also carries on general farming and stock-raising, and on his land uses many of the implements in which he deals, and thus has a practical knowledge of their good points. He makes large consignments to Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, and for the proper conduct of his business he has extensive buildings and a fine warehouse located at No. 1219 Broadway. His premises are in every respect adapted to the business that is done, and for the business ability he has displayed, as well as for the characteristics that attach to useful and honorable citizens, he deservedly occupies a high rank in mercantile circles.
     Since attaining his majority, he has supported Democratic principles, although he has never had any desire for public preferment, the duties of his calling completely occupying his time and attention. While on the farm, he was Clerk of Ellington Township , Adams County, for four years, has been County Supervisor two years, and was Assessor of Ellington Township one year, but aside from these instances, has continued to pursue the “even tenor of his way” with good financial results.
     Mr. Altenhein celebrated his marriage in 1881, Miss Anna Henerhoff, a daughter of Frederick Henerhoff, a farmer of this county, becoming his wife. They have an interesting family of two sons and two daughters: William, Albert, Nora and Laura. These children are growing up in a home that has been provided for them by their father's industry and push, and has been made pleasant and comfortable by their mother's taste and naturally amiable disposition. Mr. And Mrs. Altenhein are earnest members of the Seventh Street German Lutheran Church, and in their daily walk through life, endeavor to follow the teachings of the “Golden Rule.” They are deservedly accounted among the first citizens of Quincy. Our subject was born in this city in January, 1854, and has always resided here.

[Source:Portrait and Biographical Record of Adams County, Illinois containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1892, Page 121, transcribed by Debbie Gibson]


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