Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

CHARLES EVERSMAN, the senior member of the firm of C. Eversman & Son, dealers in drugs and general merchandise at Teutopolis, began business in this place in 1876, succeeding his father, who had previously carried on a store. A life record of this well-known merchant is as follows: He was born in Iburg, Hanover, Germany, on the 30th of August, 1843, and was brought by his parents to America in 1845, when twenty-one months old. The family first located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they spent about seven years, and thence came to Teutopolis, Ill., reaching their destination on the 2d of May, 1852. Charles acquired his education in the Catholic University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind., and when his school life was over he returned to his home and engaged in farming. He was thus employed until 1866, when his father opened a drug store in Teutopolis and Charles entered upon the duties of salesman in that establishment. Until 1876 he continued to act as clerk, and then bought out the business.

On the 22d of November, 1871, Mr. Eversman of this sketch was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Busse, a daughter of Gerhard and Margaret (Uphouse) Busse. Her parents are both now deceased. She was born in Teutopolis, December 16, 1850. By the union of our subject and his wife have been born four children, two sons and two daughters, namely: Frank F. J., born October 9, 1872; Leo George C., born April 17, 1874; Dorothea Henrietta, born March 27, 1877; and Catherine Elizabeth, born July 7, 1880. The eldest son attended the parochial schools until sixteen years of age and was graduated from St. Joseph's College. He then assisted his father in the store and on the 1st of February, 1882, was admitted to partnership in the business. Leo was educated in the same school as his brother and is now working in a flouring-mill. The daughters are yet attending school. The children have all received good advantages in this direction and are therefore well fitted for the practical and responsible duties of life. The family are all members of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Eversman carried on the drug business until September, 1892, when he added to it a stock of dry-goods and groceries. He is doing a successful business and enjoys a liberal trade. In connection with this property he also owns an interest in a good farm of two hundred acres, pleasantly situated two miles south of Teutopolis. Socially, Mr. Eversman is connected with the Catholic Knights of America, being one of the Charter members of his lodge. In politics he is a stalwart advocate of Democratic principles. He takes a very prominent part in political affairs and does all in his power to advance the interests of his party, speaking in every campaign. His worth and ability have been recognized by his fellow citizens, who have called upon him to serve in a number of public positions of honor and trust. He has been a member of the Village Council for four years, was Supervisor for three years, Town Clerk for nine years, Justice of the Peace for twelve years, Commissioner of Highways for three years, Assistant Postmaster for twelve years, and for six years Notary Public. His prompt and faithful discharge of duty led to his frequent elections and his long continuance in office when once installed therein.
 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 311. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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