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GEORGE W. BRICKNER, junior member of the firm of Seiberns & Brickner, merchants of Gridley, is, with his partner, engaged in a good trade, carrying a stock of general merchandise suited to the wants of the household and farm. Mr. Brickner is still a young man, having entered upon his business career in 1884. His parents were Charles and Elizabeth (Wertzburger) Brickner, natives of Germany, who emigrated to America in 1852, and settling in Hilton, Tazewell County, this State, engaged in merchandising, and there the father died, in January, 1883. The mother died in Hilton in 1873. Of their three children, George W. is the eldest. The others were Charles and Elizabeth.

The subject of this history received a common school education, and while yet a boy commenced to assist his father in the store. His present business was established in 1884, at which time he formed a partnership with Walter H. Sieberns, and they have operated together since that time.

Mr. Brickner was married. Nov. 6, 1884, to Miss Mary R. Sieberns, who was born in Woodford County, Ill., Sept. 22, 1860, and is the daughter of H. E. and Caroline (Niergarth) Sieberns. Mrs. Brickner remained with her parents until her marriage, receiving careful home training and a good common school education. Our subject and his wife occupy a pleasant and comfortable home, and enjoy the society of the best people in Gridley. Mr. Brickner is Republican in politics, and in all respects is a valued citizen and worthy member of the community.

[SOURCE: Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887). Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.]


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