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.

 
 

JOSEPH SIEMER, a well-known business man of Teutopolis and a representative citizen of Effingham County, is a member of the firm of Uptmor & Siemer, proprietors of the Hope Mills and dealers in grain. His life record is as follows: He is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in Cincinnati, on the 24th of October, 1857. His parents were Joseph and Magdelena Siemer. Our subject lost his mother while an infant, but his father survived for some years and passed away in 1870.

Joseph Siemer, whose name heads this record, spent the days of his boyhood in his native city and was educated in the public schools of Cincinnati. In 1874 he came to Teutopolis and since that time has been a resident of this county. He was variously employed until 1882, when he joined his father-in-law and brother-in-law in the erection of the Hope Mills, and has since been manager of the same. Under his management affairs have prospered and the business is now in a flourishing condition, being one of the leading industries of this locality.

An important event in the life of Mr. Siemer occurred on the 29th of April, 1879, when he was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Angela Uptmor, a daughter of Clement and Elizabeth Uptmor. She was born in Teutopolis, of which place her father is the most prominent and distinguished pioneer. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Siemer has been born a family of five children yet living and they have also lost one, a son. In order of birth they are as follows: Catherine, Elizabeth, Clement, Josephine, Henry (who died at the age of ten and a-half years), and Mary, who completes the family.

In his political affiliations, Mr. Siemer is a Democrat, and manifests considerable interest in political affairs. He has been elected and served as a member of the Village Board of Teutopolis, filling that office for a period of four years, and has also served as Town Treasurer for two years. In religious belief he and his family are Catholics, belonging to the church in Teutopolis. They are widely known in this community and are also favorably known, being held in high esteem by their many acquaintances for their excellencies of character and sterling worth.

In addition to his interest in the Hope Mills, Mr. Siemer owns some village property, and his wife has forty acres of land lying near the town of Teutopolis. Mr. Siemer is one of the most enterprising and public-spirited citizens of this place, and is known as an industrious, upright man, whose success in life has been achieved through his own efforts, and is therefore well deserved.

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. 358. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 
   
 

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