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Biography - CHARLES A. SCHWEICKERT

Charles Anthony Schweickert is one of the enterprising business men of Peru, prominent in commercial, fraternal and political circles and highly esteemed for his sterling qualities and public spirit. A son of our well-known citizens, Vincent and Maria Schweickert. he was born in this town two-score years ago, the date of his birth being February 17, 1859.

Growing to manhood in Peru, our subject was a pupil in the parochial schools and completed his education in Saint Patrick's Academy, at LaSalle. He was a boy of twelve or thirteen years when he did his first work as a stone and brick mason, under his father's instruction, and from that time until the present he has devoted much of his attention to this line of business. In 1895 he purchased the Peru Steam Laundry, which he operated until December, 1898, then selling out. Returning to his old trade, in which his father and brothers as well as himself are expert, it is now his intention to follow no other occupation henceforth. He is a partner in the firm of Schweickert Brothers & Company, which comprises the five brothers, Charles A., Henry, Jacob, Bertram and Francis, and their brother-in-law, Frank Ellerbrock. Much of the heavy masonry of Peru has been done by them, and their work has not been exclusively local, for monuments of their skill may be seen in many other towns of this county, and they execute contracts for foundations for bridges and similar public works. Reliability, promptness and thoroughness in all work entrusted to them may be confidently expected, as they bear an enviable reputation and endeavor to please their patrons in every respect.

The commodious, substantial two-story brick house which Charles A. Schweickert owns and occupies was erected by him in 1885. He was married September 6, 1883, to Miss Theresa Domas, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Magdalena Domas. She died November 12, 1892, when in her twenty-ninth year, and left four children to mourn her loss, namely: Charles Henry, Mary Theresa, Elizabeth Margaret and Vincent Anthony. On the 4th of April, 1893, Mr. Schweickert and Miss Theresa Beckmann were united in marriage. She is a daughter of Bernhard and Theresa (Imoor) Beckmann, and by her union with our subject has six children, only one of whom, Leonore, is living. The parents are members of the Catholic church. He is connected with St. Joseph's Catholic Benevolent Society and is a member of the Twin City Band. In his political opinions he is a Democrat.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 394-395.

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