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This popular young business man of Peru is one of the younger sons of our well known citizen, Vincent Schweickert, who is represented elsewhere in this work. Born in this town on the 22d of June, 1872, our subject has always been closely identified with the place, as child, youth and man, and the deepest interest is felt by him in all local affairs touching the good of the community.

When he had arrived at a suitable age he entered the parochial schools, and acquired a liberal education. He was about sixteen years old when he obtained employment in a bakery, where he remained for about a year, but not caring for the trade, he decided to adopt that of his father and elder brothers, and, to that end, commenced learning the business of laying brick and stone masonry. He has followed this calling ever since, and in 1898 went into partnership with his brothers, Henry, Jacob, Francis X., and his brother-in-law, Frank Ellerbrock. This enterprising firm, which is now commanding a large share of the local contracts for brick and stone work for buildings and bridges, is known as Schweickert Brothers & Company.

Bertram Schweickert resides in an attractive home on Ninth street, between Pike and Calhoun. The lady who presides here as wife, mother and hostess, was formerly Miss Mary Elizabeth Brinkmann, a daughter of Frank and Mary (Schumacher) Brinkmann. The ceremony which united the destinies of our subject and wife was performed in Ottawa, Putnam county, Ohio, on the 22d of April, 1896. Two sons bless their happy home, named respectively Ewald Vincent Frank and Lawrence Henry Thomas.

Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Schweickert are members of the Catholic church. He belongs to the Catholic Order of Foresters; to St. Joseph's Benevolent Society; and to the Bricklayers and Masons' International Union, No. 11, of Illinois. In his political faith he is an uncompromising Democrat.

Extracted 26 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 2, pages 435-436.

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