ALEXANDER MODEL, a manufacturer of wagons, and who is also engaged in blacksmithing, occupies Nos. 208 and 210
West Grove street, Bloomington, and is a worthy factor of the industry of the community. Mr. Model is a native
of Baden, and was born in the village of Steisslingen by the Stockach, Oct. 14, 1828.
His parents were John and Barbara (Shumaker) Model, natives of the same country as their son, and the father followed the trade of a weaver through life. Of the parental family of six children—only three are living Solomon, John and Alexander.
The subject of this history, in accordance with the customs and laws of his native country, was placed in school when six years of age, and pursued his studies until fourteen. He then served two and one-half years at the wagon trade, following this until twenty years of age, when he entered the German army and served as a soldier three years, traveling all over the Empire, being detailed as wagon-maker.
Thinking that he had given sufficient of his years to the service of his country, he emigrated to America and settled in Hamilton, Canada, in March, 1856. Three years later he came to Madison County, Ill., and in October, 1860, became a resident of Bloomington.
Here he worked at his trade until the outbreak of the late war, and in 1862 enlisted in Co. E, 82d Ill. Vol. Inf., serving two years, and receiving his honorable discharge. After being mustered out of service Mr. Model returned to Bloomington and worked at his trade until 1880. He then purchased his present shops for $2,200, where he has since continued business, and in brisk seasons gives employment to eight men.
Mr. Model was married in 1856, in Hamilton, Canada, to Miss Mary N. Saueraisan, a native of his own county, and they became the parents of four children, two of whom survive: John A., and Louisa, who is the wife of Goodwin Ford, Assistant Superintendent of the Dominion Express Company, in Canada.
Our subject is a Republican in politics, and with his wife a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their residence is located at No. 703 South Lee street, where they are enjoying all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.
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), 314. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
734 MODEL, ALEXANDER E. Nat. Rec. 1859-1894 p. 26 4th day of March 1861 Declaration of Intent to become U.S. citizen; From Duchy of Baden, Germany
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