Biography - Charles C. Huthmacher
CHARLES C. HUTHMACHER. With the element of moral uplift which has been
introduced into politics has come an appreciation of the civic value of
those men who through years of conservative business connections have proven
their worth and stability. The government of a city, county or nation must
be conducted upon sound business principles to attain to best results. Those
organizations which have effected the best reforms are those in charge of
reliable business men. The Hon. Charles C. Huthmacher has rendered his
county and community yeomen service in several of the highest offices within
the bestowal of his people and at the same time has discharged with
distinguished capability the onerous duties of chief executive of one of the
soundest banking institutions of Southern Illinois. Both as business man and
public official Mr. Huthmacher has shown exceptional ability, sturdy
integrity and a high moral sense, and no man in this section stands higher
in the esteem of his associates than he. Mr. Huthmacher was born December
25, 1859, at Central City, Illinois, and is a son of Charles F. and
Josephine (Lienert) Huthmacher.
Charles F. Huthmacher was born at
Baden, Province of Baden, Prussia, in 1834, and on first locating in the
United States took up his residence in Central City, Illinois, where he
remained for some years, later going to Sandoval. In 1869 he gave up his
farming interests in the latter community and engaged in the butcher
business at Grand Tower, where his death occurred September 25, 1875, in the
faith of the Episcopal church. In political matters he was a Democrat. He
married Josephine Lienert, who was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and came to
the United States when a child, and they had a family of nine children, of
whom seven are now living: Charles C.; A. J.; Louise, who is the wife of E.
A. G'sell; George; Julia; Josephine and Adeline. Mrs. Huthmacher survives
her husband and makes her home at Murphysboro.
Charles C. Huthmacher
was reared on his father's farm at Sandoval until he was ten years of age,
at which time he came to Grand Tower and entered the public schools. When he
was sixteen years old he completed his studies and began to work in his
father's butchering establishment, but eventually returned to farming, in
which he has been more or less interested to the present time. In 1895 he
entered the mercantile business at Grand Tower, and in 1905, at the time of
the organization of the First National Bank, he was made its president, a
position which he still occupies. Mr. Huthmacher has been one of the leading
Democrats of this section since attaining his majority. When only twenty-one
years of age he was elected to the office of city treasurer, during the four
years following 1890 served as sheriff of Jackson county, and from 1903 to
1911 acted as mayor of Grand Tower, bringing to his administration the same
sound and energetic principles that made him successful in the business and
financial fields. During the time he served as chief executive many needed
reforms were made here, and his whole service was one that proved he had the
public's welfare at heart. For a number of years he has been a well known
member of the Masons and the Elks.
On September 20, 1889, Mr.
Huthmacher was married to Miss Emma A. Schultz, of Grand Tower, a daughter
of C. Schultz, the well known merchant, and two children have been born to
them: Mabel and Ralph.
Extracted 16 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, volume 2, pages 1062-1063.