Alexander County

Biography - Jacob Walter

JACOB WALTER, meat market at Nos. 38 and 39 Eighth street, is a native of Wurtemberg. Germany, where he was born December 25, 1837. He is a son of Andrew and Catherine (Hag) Walter, both of whom were born in Germany, the father born in 1798, and the mother in 1804. They had a family of six children, of whom Jacob is the fourth. He was educated in Germany, and came to the United States in 1852, locating first at New York, where he began the trade of butcher, and afterward worked in many different cities of the United States. He went to St. Louis in 1857, where he worked for four years, enlisting in the Fourth Missouri Cavalry in the fall of 1861, and served three years, and was mustered out at St. Louis in 1864. Participated in the battles of Pea Ridge and others incident to the campaign of the West. Soon after the war, he settled in Cairo, Ill., where he has followed his trade since, opening a shop in 1867. In 1868, November 29, he was married to Miss Wilhelmina Lemm. She was born in Prussia September 16, 1846, and came to the city of Cairo in 1867. They have a family consisting of John J., born in Cairo August 19, 1869; Wilhelmina, born February 24, 1872, and died in infancy; Albert, born March 6, 1873, and died January 6, 1875; Rosa L., born September 2, 1878; Frank J., born September 4, 1880, and Gustav Walter, born February 24, 1883. He is a member of the Cairo Casino Society, and the family of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Walter is a daughter of John and Doretta Lemm, the mother deceased, and the father living at an advanced age in the old country.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 48-49.

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