John Moenkemoeller, a son of William and Christina (Kramer) Moenkemoeller, was born in Germany, June 29, 1838, and received his education in his native country. Both of his parents were born in the Fatherland, the year of his father’s birth being 1797.
John Moenkemoeller came to the United States in 1869, arriving at Pekin on September 7th of the same year. Having learned the cigar-maker’s trade in the old country, he at once obtained a position with Schureman Brothers, cigar manufacturers, with whom he continued until 1873, when he purchased the stock and good will of his employers, and has since owned and conducted the enterprise. He carries in stock an excellent line of pipes and tobacco, and has the distinction of being the oldest living representative of his line of business in the city.
In his religious belief Mr. Moenkemoeller supports the German Lutheran Church. Politically he is a Democrat, and is an active worker in the interests of his party. He has been twice elected Alderman of his ward, and has also served one term each as Supervisor and City Treasurer.
On November 9, 1862, Mr. Moenkemoeller was married, in Germany, to Miss Anna Schlottman, who was born October 3, 1836, and of the children born to them the following are living: Frederick, William, Anne (now Mrs. O. C. Hill), and John.
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