UPTMOR, Jr., a well-known business man of Teutopolis and a representative of one of the prominent families of the
county, has the honor of being a native of the city which is still his home. He was born July 20, 1840. His parents
were Clement and Mary Elizabeth Uptmor. His father has long been a leading and influential citizen of this county.
For many years he engaged in merchandising in Teutopolis and served as its Postmaster. He took a prominent part
in all public affairs, and ever bore his part in upholding the best interests of the community. He and his wife
traveled life's journey together for more than half a century, sharing with each other its joys and sorrows, its
adversity and prosperity. On the 21st of September, 1889, they celebrated their golden wedding. On the 10th of
July, 1890, Mrs. Uptmor, who had been a faithful helpmate and companion to her husband, was called to the home
beyond. Mr. Uptmor is still living in Teutopolis, an honored citizen of this community.
subject of this sketch spent his boyhood in his parents' home and entered upon his business career in his father's
store and office immediately after leaving school. He also served as Deputy Postmaster under his father for twenty-one
years. In 1863 he was admitted to a partnership in the business, and the connection has since continued with mutual
benefit and profit.
the 30th of April, 1869, Mr. Uptmor was united in marriage with Miss Bernardina Sutkamp, a daughter of John H.
and Bernardina (Gravenhorst) Sutkamp. The lady was born in the Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, and came to America
with her parents when a maiden of thirteen years. By the union of our subject and his wife has been born a family
of five children, a son and four daughters, as follows: Mary B., now the wife of John H. Engbring, a resident of
Teutopolis; Catherine, Theresa, Rosa Helena and Clement. The family circle yet remains unbroken, and the four younger
children are still under the parental roof.
1859 Mr. Uptmor embarked in the pork packing business, which he has since followed. He has met with good success
in this undertaking and packs from seven hundred to fifteen hundred head of hogs annually. Another industry with
which he is connected is that of the Hope
Teutopolis, which are -operated by the firm of Uptmor & Siemer. The mill was built and began operations in
1882. The structure, which is of brick and stone, is furnished with a roller process, and the machinery is operated
by steam. In fact, it is complete in all its appointments and turns out a fine quality of flour, the capacity being
two hundred and seventy-five barrels daily. Mr. Uptmor is a man of excellent business ability. He is enterprising
and energetic, sagacious and far-sighted, and thoroughly knows his business in all its details. His well-directed
efforts in the legitimate lines of trade have won for him a deserved success and made of him one of the valued
citizens of his native county. He and his wife are members of the Catholic Church. In politics, Mr. Uptmor is a
supporter of Democratic principles but has always eschewed public office, having served only in the position of
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. 339. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.