Contractor and Built Salem Church
Charles Dietrich Behrensmeyer, 89, who was the
oldest living grocer in Quincy, died Monday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock
in his home, 1001 1/2 State street. (July 18, 1927) He had not been
well for three years, and for a week his condition has been serious.
Behrensmeyer was born in Eidinghausen, Regierungs-bezirk, Presu-Minden,
Prussia, Europe on December 31, 1837 or January 1, 1839. He emigrated
to the United States with his mother, arriving in New Orleans on November
15, 1857. They came directly to Quincy.
farming for several years, he engaged in the carpenter contracting
business. Among the buildings he put up was Salem Evangelical Church
at Ninth and State Streets, and he was the last of the contractors
associated in the building of that church. He also built a number
of residences in South Quincy.
In June of 1881, Mr. Behrensmeyer started a grocery store
at 1001 State street and was active in the management of the business
until seven years ago, when he retired and turned the business over
to his sons, Charles and Frank Behrensmeyer, who are now in charge.
the days when horse and wagon was the favorite method of transportation,
Mr. Behrensmeyer's store had a large wagon yard in the rear, where
farmers were welcome to leave their teams, and which was a congregating
place for hundred. Here there was a friendly interchange of conversation
and many trades were consummated.
many years, Mr. Behrensmeyer was active in the I.O.O.F. lodge and
twice held all of the office in rotation. At the expiration of fifty
years of membership, the grand lodge presented him a gold medal. He
was one of the oldest members of Salem church and had always been
active in its work. He was a member of Salem Brotherhood, of the Greenmount
Cemetery Board and the Golden Rule Lodge of Rebekahs.
Behrensmeyer and Miss Wilhelmina Caroline Becker were married on February
26, 1861 or April 27, 1862. Caroline was born on March 3, 1836 in
Eidinghausen, Prussia, Europe. She also arrived in New Orleans on
November 15, 1857, as they traveled on the same ship from Europe.
The wife died November 2, 1911. Their son, Edward died September 25,
1905 and a son, Charles, died in infancy.
are three daughters, Mrs. Henry Thesen, Mrs. Henry Dremann and Mrs.
George Zoller; two sons, Charles and Frank Behrensmeyer; and a sister,
Mrs. Fredericka Niewohner. There are two grandchildren, Ruthe Caroline
and Dorothy Behrensmeyer; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Behrensmeyer,
and sister-in-law, Mrs. Augusta Behrensmeyer.
Behrensmeyer family is buried in Block #1 Lot 37.
following information is taken from headstones:
Charles D. 1837-1927
Caroline his wife 1836-1911
THESEN, Henry 1866-1953
Clara (Behrensmeyer) 1865-1950
DREMANN, Henry L. 1865-1946
Bertha A. (Behrensmeyer) 1867-1940
BEHRENSMEYER, Frank 1875-1944
ZOLLER, George 1867-1931
Minnie (Behrensmeyer) 1869-1940
DISTELHORST, Ruth B. (died in June of 1973)
She is buried on this purchase, but has
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