Alexander County

Biography - Adolph Black

ADOLPH BLACK, merchant, Cairo, Ill., is a Hungarian by birth, and a son of Leopold Black, who was a landlord in that dominion. Both father and mother (Betty Black) were born and died in the old country. Adolph was born May 20, 1823, and grew to manhood on his father's farm, and in 1844 was married to Bessie Neiman, who was born in 1823. Mr. Black came to the United States in 1856, landing at New York City, and soon located at Cleveland, Ohio, where for five years he engaged at his trade, that of optician. Having decided to engage in merchandising, he removed to Upper Sandusky, in Wyandot County, Ohio, where he opened a dry goods store, which he successfully conducted until coming to Cairo, Ill. He landed in Cairo on the 11th day of May, 1867, and immediately established himself in the boot and shoe business, located on the corner of Eighth street and Commercial avenue, remaining at that place until 1874, when he moved to No. 140 Commercial avenue. His business career has proven abundantly successful, and he now carries an extensive stock, and employs several skilled workmen in manufacturing. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has a family of eight children, viz.: David Black; Betty, wife of S. Rosenstein; Fannie, wife of Samuel Rosenwater, of Cairo; Sarah Rosenwater, of Sikeston, Mo.; Herman H., lawyer and ex-member of Illinois State Legislature; Lewis, Marx C. and William E. Black.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 7.

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