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place. As secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Waterloo
Milling Company he has charge of one of the largest enterprises of
this section, and he has also served as chief executive of the city with
such distinction that it was difficult for him to resign the office. Mr.
Ziebold was born March 1, 1860, at California, Missouri, and is a son
of Gottlieb and Magdalena (Schnaiter) Ziebold.

The political struggles of some of the European countries have
contributed largely to America's best citizenship, and it was thus that
this country gained benefits accruing from the activities of Gottlieb
Ziebold. Born in Baden, Germany, as a young man he became identi-
fied with the movement to secure independence for that country, ally-
ing himself and his fortunes with the young band of patriots who
were destined to exile. He was forced to flee from his native land in
1848, in which year he came to the United States and located at Pough-
keepsie. New York, subsequently going to Ohio and later to Missouri.
In 1863 he engaged in the milling business at California, Missouri,


and in 1867 transferred his activities to Monroe county, Illinois, where
the remainder of his life was spent, his death occurring at Red Bud,
Illinois, on the 26th of December, 1911, at the age of eighty-nine. He
was first married to Miss Magdalena Schnaiter, and they had five chil-
dren, as follows: George W. ; Nelson G., who died in 1900, at Red Bud,
Illinois ; Mrs. Joseph W. Rickert, who died in 1900, at Waterloo ; Mrs.
Mary Bonnet, wife of the famous perfume maker of Geneva, Switzer-
land, and Paris, France ; and Charles F., one of the most eminent at-
torneys of St. Louis, author of the Free Bridge Bill, originator of the
well-known phrase "No Bridge, No Bonds," president of the West
End Business Men's Association. Gottlieb Ziebold married for his
second wife Mrs. Margaret (Schneider) Miller, of Bavaria, and they
had three children : Mrs. Anna Helber, of Red Bud ; and William and
Gottlieb, who are engaged in the milling business at that place.

George W. Ziebold secured his education in the schools of Monroe
City, Illinois, although the greater part of his knowledge has been
gained in later years. His advantages in youth were somewhat
limited, but he has been a great reader, a keen observer and a deep
thinker, and thus has secured the education which was denied him as
a lad. Reared in the atmosphere of the mills, it was only natural that
Mr. Ziebold should choose that vocation as his life work, and the posi-
tion that he has attained in the commercial world is ample evidence
that he chose well. The Waterloo Milling Company was established
in 1886 by Mr. Ziebold, and from a small and modest start it has grown
into one of the leading industries of the city, having a capacity of 250
barrels per day, and an elevator storage of 75.000. The following well-
known brands are sold throughout the southern states : ' ' Monarch, ' '
"America," "Blue Seal," "Oneeta." Mr. Ziebold is also president
of the G. Ziebold Milling Company, at Red Bud, this mill having a
capacity of 400 barrels and storage of 50,000 bushels. He is a direc-
tor in the Harrisonville Telephone Company, and since June 1, 1900,
has been a co-partner in the Commercial Bank of Waterloo. From the
beginning of its organization Mr. Ziebold has been a large stock holder
in the Central National Bank of St. Louis, one of the strongest and
most progressive as well as widely known financial institutions of St.
Louis. In January, 1912, he was elected a member of its board of
directors, by a unanimous vote.

While Mr. Ziebold 's business activities have made him well-known
in the commercial world, it has been as a public official that the general
public has known him best. From 1894 until 1904 he acted as mayor
of Waterloo, and upon retiring from that office was nearly elected
again, the voters freely scratching their tickets to substitute his name
in place of the regular party candidate. During his able administra-
tion the electric lighting plant and water works, owned by the eity,
were installed, and with the hope that he would secure for the city a
thorough sewerage system, the voters endeavored to send him back to
the chief executive's office even against his wishes. The sewerage sys-
tem is still conspicuous by its absence. Mr. Ziebold is a member of the
Commercial Club, and no movement for the public or civic welfare is
considered complete unless his name is enrolled with its supporters.
For nine years he has been an elder of the German Evangelical church,
in the work of which he is very active. His wife and children, how-
ever, belong to the Roman Catholic faith. Mr. Ziebold 's home life has
been beautiful and it has been a matter of almost general comment
among his neighbors that a cross word has never been heard in his
household. Examples are not few of men who have achieved prom-
inence in any one chosen field, but to attain eminence in the realm of


business, earn the gratitude of the general public in the highest office
in its gift, and withal conduct oneself as a true, Christian gentleman,
is deserving of more than passing mention.

In 1883 Mr. Ziebold was married to Miss Minnie E. Hoffmeister, of
St. Louis, Missouri, daughter of Christian and Margaret (Hemm)
Hoffmeister, natives of Prussia, and sister of Christ, Charles, Jacob,
John, Fred, Nicolaus and Maximillian Hoffmeister, of whom John,
Nicolaus and Maximillian are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Ziebold have
had the following children : George C. f who is engaged in business with
his father and acts as his assistant; Adina C., who is studying music
in New York; Clara M., Evelyn A., Florence M., Maximillian G. and
Loretta L. A., who reside at home; and Minnie, who died at the age
of seven months.

Although this sketch is brief, Mr. Ziebold 's life has been a busy one.
The various large enterprises with which he has identified himself have
served to take a great deal of his time and attention, but he has man-
aged to find leisure moments in which to entertain a hobby, and he
and his son George C. are joint owners of one of the finest show stables
in Southern Illinois. Here may be found such fine animals as "Forest
King, ' ' 1354 American Hackney Society, one of the best bred hackneys
in the United States; "Blondie Rose," champion five-gaited saddle
and high school horse; "Golden King" and "Golden Prince," car-
riage horses which have won prizes all over the southern part of the
state and have never been defeated; and "Glory Montrose," daughter
of "Artist Montrose," champion of the World's Columbian Exposi-
tion. A true lover of fine horse-flesh, Mr. Ziebold is recognized as an
authority, and his advice is eagerly sought in equinal matters.

GEORGE C. ZIEBOLD. Among the younger business men of Water-
loo, Illinois, none occupies a more prominent place than George C. Zie-
bold. Connected with the milling business, as assistant general man-
ager of the Waterloo Milling Company, of which his father is general
manager, he plays an important role in that industry which has done
so much towards building up the city of Waterloo. He has enjoyed
the benefits of a fine education, and he takes the attitude of the pro-
gressive, well-educated, broad minded university man. He is an active
and enthusiastic worker for the furthering of the interests of his home
town, and although still a very young man is recognized as one of the
leaders in the progressive development of Waterloo. He is filled with
the enthusiasm of youth, but he is too practical and level-headed to
let himself be swept into false channels. In short, he is a fine example
of that healthy clean-minded, intelligent class of American young
manhood that make American women the envied of all the feminine

George C. Ziebold was born in a log house at Monroe City, Monroe
county, Illinois, on the 3rd of April, 1886. He is the son of George W.
Ziebold. His' mother was Minnie F. Hoffmeister, and the marriage of
his parents occurred in 1883. George C. Ziebold is the eldest of eight
children, seven of whom are living. Lack of space prevents more
than this brief mention of his father, who has had- a most interesting
and successful career, and who is one of the most prominent men in a
business, social or political way in Waterloo. On both his father's
and his mother's side Mr. Ziebold is descended from German ancestry,
and is thus one more example of why we so eagerly welcome members
of this nationality into our country.

In the fall of the year in which George C. Ziebold was born his
parents came to Waterloo, where Mr. Ziebold, Sr., established the


Waterloo Milling Company. Here George C. Ziebold grew up, receiv-
ing his elementary education in St. Joseph's Academy in Waterloo,
and attending the University of Notre Dame, at Notre Dame, Indiana,
for his advanced work. He was a conscientious student at college, but
he was not a "grind," realizing that there are more valuable lessons
to be learned in college than those from books. He therefore found
the time to take an active part in athletics, and was an important mem-
ber of the social, literary and musical life of the university. He ac-
cordingly returned from college with a broad minded view of the ques-
tions of the day, and with a 'knowledge of men and affairs that could
not have been gleaned solely from books. In 1904 he became his
father's assistant as general manager of the plant of the Waterloo
Milling Company, in which capacity he is still engaged. Under his
father's tutelage he has proved to be an able and practical business
man, and should the time come when Mr. Ziebold, Sr., should choose
to retire he could do so with an easy conscience, for not only is he him-
self firmly convinced of his son's ability, but the younger man has won
the confidence of all of the business men of the community.

In politics Mr. Ziebold is a Republican, but he, like most of the
thinking men of the day, sees that it has become a question not of
parties but of men. The great parties, when it is brought down to a
last analysis, no longer stand for great and diverse principles, and
therefore Mr. Ziebold believes in voting for the best man for the office,
regardless of his party affiliations. This fact, which is typical of the
younger generation, is the great hope of the country to-day, and is one
reason why the citizenship of men like Mr. Ziebold means so much to
their communities. In his religious affiliations he is a communicant of
the Roman Catholic church, and in his religious views he is practical
and broad-minded. He is a member of St. Vincent's Benevolent So-
ciety. Mr. Ziebold was the prime mover in the organization of the
board of charities of the Waterloo Commercial Club and is the chair-
man of the board. He is a charter member of the Knights of Colum-
bus, being a trustee of the council and past grand knight of Waterloo
Council, No. 1334. He is also treasurer of the Waterloo Flower Asso-

Despite his youth he is a prominent leader in the Waterloo Com-
mercial Club. Much of his time has been given to the various projects
which this club has set on foot for the development and growth of
Waterloo, and he is now treasurer of the club. He is a musician by
gift of Nature, and performs on almost every kind of musical instru-
ment. He is not only an interpreter of the compositions of others but
he has composed music of considerable merit himself. As director of
the Orpheus Orchestra, he has probably done more than anyone else in
creating an interest in music among the young people of Waterloo. He
has supervised the production of a number of entertainments, among
the most successful being his elaborate production of the comic opera
"A Night in Holland." This will long be remembered by all who saw
it, and the beautiful production was not only managed by him, but he
also selected and perfected the material, designed the costumes, designed
and painted the stage effects and the scenery, and contrived the stage
lighting. This sounds more like real work than the musical pursuits
of most young people, and it was indeed, but Mr. Ziebold finds a true
source of recreation in his out-of-door life and with his dogs and horses.
He is a well-known breeder of blooded horses and dogs, and is not only
a member of the American Breeder's Association, but a contributer to
the American Breeders Magazine. The "Morning Glory Home."
owned by himself and his father, has won a wide reputation for the


animals that have been bred there. His animals have taken prizes all
over the United States, and show the result of intelligent breeding and
management. Regardless of the weather, Mr. Ziebold takes a horse-
back ride every day, considering this the most healthful, as well as the
most enjoyable, of all exe'rcises.

MAURICE J. SEED. The press of Jefferson county has a particularly
able representative in the person qf Maurice J. Seed, for the past ten
years the owner and editor of the Mount Vernon Daily and Weekly
Register, the exponent of Republicanism in that county. Since Mr.
Seed assumed ownership and control of the paper it has increased in
its efficiency and popularity until it is today one of the most reliable
publications in the county.

Maurice J. Seed is the son of Thomas H. and Emma (Pope) Seed.
He was born December 31, 1871, at Lawrenceville, Lawrence county,
Illinois, and was there reared. His father was a native of Lawrence
county, born there June 12, 1843. He was ever a man of action, and
during the Civil war he served as sergeant in Company A, of the Sixty-
third Illinois Infantry. He was with Grant at the siege and capture
of Vicksburg, and took part in the Atlanta campaign under General
Sherman, participating in the "march to the sea" and the later march
through the Carolinas, being in active service with his regiment until
the close of the war. Thomas H. Seed was a miller by trade, and fol-
lowed that business in Lawrenceville and Belmont until 1889, when
he bought the Sumner Press, at Sumner, Illinois. In 1902 he sold out
his interests there and removed to Mount Vernon, where he has since
lived. His wife, Emma (Pope) Seed, was born July 29, 1850, in
Burlington, Ohio. The mother of Thomas H. Seed was Sabilla Ryan,
the daughter of an old Virginia family, early settlers in that state. Her
grandmother was a Zane, of the Zane family, and her people removed
to Illinois in 1838. The Seed family is of distinctly Irish origin, the
founders of the family having passed their lives in Ireland for genera-
tion upon generation. It is known that in 1686, two brothers, John
and William Seed, came over from England with William of Orange,
and took active part in the famous Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. At
the close of the war the brothers settled in county Down, where for one
hundred and forty-eight years their descendants have dwelt. In 1837
the family removed to America, settling in Illinois. Two children were
born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Seed. They are Maurice J. and
Rhoda. The latter named is an instructor of English in the Mount
Vernon Township high school, and is a graduate of the Northwestern
University at Evanston, of the class of 1906. She is a young woman
of fine attainments in educational and other ways, and is most popular
in whatever circles she finds herself.

Maurice J. Seed passed his early life in Lawrenceville and Bell-
mont in attendance at the public schools. Finishing the course pre-
scribed by the common schools he entered the Northwestern Academy
at Evanston, graduating therefrom in June, 1899. He completed a
course in the University, receiving his Bachelor's degree in 1902, hav-
ing devoted special attention to English and political economy. He
was awarded the N. W. Harris prize of $100.00 for his thesis on the
trust question, and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors. On the com-
pletion of his university course, Mr. Seed purchased the Mount Vernon
Daily and Weekly Register, the official Republican organ of Jefferson
county, and he has since that time conducted the paper in a manner
that has brought it up to a high standard of excellence, both as a dis-
penser of the news and a paper especially suited to the needs of the


home. Mr. Seed has been secretary of the Republican central committee,
and is especially prominent in political circles. He is affiliated with a
number of fraternal organizations, among them being Mt. Vernon
Lodge, No. 31, A. F. & A. M., H. W. Hubbard Chapter, No. 160, Royal
Arch Masons, Patton Commandery, No. 69, Knights Templar, and Jef-
ferson Lodge, No. 131, Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the
First Methodist Episcopal church of Mount Vernon.

On October 18, 1905, Mr. Seed married Elizabeth Fickes, of Steu-
benville, Ohio, a graduate of Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan. Three
children were born to them, one of whom died in infancy, those remain-
ing being Ruth Elizabeth and Helen Georgia.

MCDANIEL CARROLL, postmaster at Ina, was for thirty years a teacher
in the public schools of Jefferson county, and in that capacity did much
towards promoting the educational interests of Southern Illinois. A son
of John Thomas Carroll, he was born January 27, 1858, on a farm in
Jefferson county, Illinois, coming from excellent Virginian stock, his
paternal grandfather, James Carroll, having been a native of the Old
Dominion state.

Born in Tennessee, March 13, 1830, John Thomas Carroll subse-
quently migrated to Illinois, locating in Jefferson county, where he was
engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, March 11, 1863, while
yet in manhood's prime. He married, December 8, 1850, Anna M.
Shafer, and they became the parents of six children, namely : William
R., living near Bonnie, Illinois ; James H., of Ina ; Luranie J., deceased ;
McDaniel, the subject of this brief biographical record; Sarah E., de-
ceased ; and Rosalee, deceased. After the death of her husband, Mrs.
Anna M. Carroll married Joseph Etherton, a native of Tennessee, and
to them five children were born, as follows : Mrs. Laura Sweeten ;
George C., deceased ; Arizona, deceased ; Zora, deceased ; and Mrs. Mary
O. Keller. The mother also died at a comparatively early age, her
death occuring February 20, 1881.

After leaving the public schools of Jefferson county, McDaniel Car-
roll continued his studies at the Southern Illinois Normal University
in Carbondale, entering in 1881 and completing the course in 1884.
Fitted for a professional career, he began teaching school in 1881, and
for thirty years was employed as an educator in Jefferson county.
During his vacations and his leisure time Mr. Carroll has worked at the
carpenter's trade, making good use of his mechanical talents, and since
1901 has served continuously as postmaster at Ina,

Mr. Carroll married, November 11, 1886, Mary Elizabeth McCul-
lough, a daughter of James and Susan McCullough, and to them four
children have been born, namely: Ina, wife of John Tippi, of Mount
Vernon. Illinois; Nona, attending Ruskin Cave College, in Tennessee;
Ada, who was graduated from Ruskin Cave College in the spring of
1912 ; and B. De Graw, attending school. Fraternally Mr. Carroll is a
member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and religiously he belongs
to the Methodist Episcopal church.

WINFIELD S. PHILLIPS. The records of Gallatin county show that
never before have there been so many able members of the bar within
its confines. With so many important matters before the country which
involve serious problems of jurisprudence, it is exceedingly necessary
for the lawyer of today to be able to cope with them and lend his aid
in obtaining justice. Because of the necessity for successful qualifica-
tions, the present day lawyer is being asked to occupy positions of trust
and responsibility, and among those heading large institutions where


the interests of many are to be conserved, the proportion of lawyers is
large. One of those representatives of this learned calling who has
attained to considerable prestige both as a lawyer and financier is Win-
field S. Phillips, of Ridgway, Illinois, president of the Gallatin County
State Bank. Mr. Phillips was born at Normandy, Bedford county,
Tennessee, January 20, 1854, and was nine years of age when brought
by his parents to Golconda, Pope county, Illinois.

At the age of twenty years Mr. Phillips began to teach in the country
schools near Golconda, continuing therein for six years, and pursuing
his law studies with Thomas H. Clark, of Golconda and D. M. Kinsall,
of Shawneetown. He came to Ridgway in 1880. and on July 8th of
that year was admitted to practice, in which he has continued here to
the present time with great success. The general high esteem in which
Mr. Phillips is held was made manifest in 1906 when, in a Democratic
county of 6,000 majority, he was elected county judge on the Repub-
lican ticket, and at the end of four years was presented by the bar
association with a beautiful gold-headed cane, an honor never before
conferred at the end of four years, although on two occasions it has
been given to others after eight years of service. He has been prom-
inent in conventions of his party, served as chairman of the county
central committee for fifteen years, was chairman of the congressional
committee for a long period, and is now state central committeeman
for the twenty-fourth district. He was appointed a trustee of the
Southern Illinois State Normal University by Governor Yates and re-
appointed by Governor Deneen, serving in that capacity for eight years,
and was also one of the first trustees of James Millikin University at
Decatur, Illinois. He is a prominent member of the State Bar Asso-
ciation. Mr. Phillips has been equally prominent in financial circles,
being president of the Gallatin County Bank, of which he has been the
head since its organization as a state institution. This bank, which
has its own handsome building and is equipped with modern fixtures
throughout, is known as one of the solid and substantial banking busi-
nesses of the southern part of the state and its officials are men of the
highest integrity and standing in the business and financial world. Mr.
Phillips is also one of the original stockholders of the Norris City State
Bank, of White county, and he and his son have owned the controlling
interest in the bank at Omaha, Gallatin county, for two years.

On May 11, 1879, Mr. Phillips was married to Leuella Porter, of
Gallatin county, who was born in Covington, Kentucky, daughter of
Captain B. C. Porter, an old steamboat captain who is now deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have had the following children : Sarah Agnes,
who married Otis C. Moore, of Chester, Illinois; W. Braxton, a graduate
of the business college at Quincy, and now assistant cashier of the
Gallatin County Bank; Anna Alice, who resides at home with her
parents; and Clyde W., who like his brother completed his education
in the Quincy business college! Mr. Phillips is a Master Mason and
belongs to the Odd Fellows. He and Mrs. Phillips hold membership in
the Presbyterian church, with which he has been connected since boy-
hood. He has been active in church work for a number of years, and
is now acting in the capacity of elder. Mr. Phillips has associated
himself with every movement that would tend to advance Ridgway
in any manner, and in every field of endeavor his standing has been
high. His popularity is not confined to the members of his profession
or his business associates, but extends throughout this section of the
state, where he is well known and highly esteemed.


Louis LINCOLN EMMEESON. Conspicuous among the really big men
of Mount Vernon who have attained to high places in financial circles
in Southern Illinois is Louis Lincoln Emmerson, for twenty-five years
past a resident of Mount Vernon, and a participator in practically
every enterprise worthy of note in his section of the country. He has
from the beginning of his association with Mount Vernon filled various
positions calling forth qualities of strength and dependability, and in
his present connection with some of the most thriving commercial and
financial institutions in the country those splendid traits have increased
commensurately with the added responsibilities.

Born December 27, 1863, at Albion, Illinois, he is the son of Jesse
Emmerson and Fannie (Suardet) Emmerson, and the grandson of
Alan Emmerson, a native of Kentucky who migrated to Indiana and

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