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PETER HOIERMAN, a fair representative of the grocery trade in Bloomington, is located at No. 107 East Front street, where he is operating profitably and successfully. Mr. Hoierman is a native of Germany, and was born July 24, 1853. He received his education parity in the schools of Oldenburg, and later attended the University of Leipzic [ed, University of Leipzig], where he completed his studies when sixteen years of age. He began his mercantile experience as a clerk for a firm in Bremen, where he served until 1870 and then enlisted in the German army. He served as a soldier fifteen months, then received his honorable discharge, returned home, and in October of the following year set sail for the New World on the steamer Maine. After arriving in New York City he secured clerkship in the tea store of Phillip Stiller & Co., with whom he remained until the spring of 1872. He then went as a coffee sampler to Rio Janeiro, S. A., where he spent three years, returning to New York City in May, 1876. Soon afterward he started West, and arriving in Bloomington, Ill., was soon engaged as book-keeper for Reinhold Graff, in which capacity he served acceptably for a period of nine years. He then became associated in partnership with E. Meyer, and they have operated under the name and style of Hoierman & Meyer since December, 1884. They have a good trade, and the house is supplied with every article required in their line.

The subject of our sketch was married, Nov. 4, 1886, to Miss Minnie Balke, of Bloomington, and they occupy a pleasant home at No. 608 West Washington street, where they are surrounded by many warm friends. When Mr. H. began life on his own account in Bloomington he had but $1.75 in cash. He learned book-keeping, both the German and English system, of the American Consul in Oldenburg, and soon acquired a good knowledge of the English language. He is thorough and methodical in his business transactions, and in all respects is considered a good business man and a useful member of the community.

Socially he belongs to Mozart Lodge No. 656, I. O. O. F. , Uhland Lodge No. 305, and the Turners Society, of which he is Financial Secretary and teacher of gymnastics. He is also Secretary of the Illinois District of Turner Societies, and occupies the same position in Mozart and Uhland Lodges. He is also Treasurer of the German Benevolent Society. After this record it is scarcely necessary to say that he enjoys in a marked degree the confidence of his fellow-townsmen.

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), 658. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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