William Friederich, proprietor of the Eagle Bottling Works, was born in Pekin, September 21, 1869, and there received his preliminary education, later attending the Bryant & Stratton Business College in Chicago for six months. He obtained employment in a general merchandise store in that city, remaining there one year. He then resided in New York City for a short time, returning thereafter for a permanent residence in Pekin. For fourteen months he traveled for the Holt Memorial Company, after which, in partnership with R. A. Frings, he engaged in the bottling business, putting up all kinds of mineral waters. After a year Mr. Frings withdrew, and our subject continued the business as sole owner. He has since developed an extensive trade, his territory comprising the entire county of Tazewell.
Mr. Friederich’s political principles are Democratic, and socially he is a member of the Crawfish Club. Our subject was married March 13, 1895, at Pekin, to Miss Therese Siebens, and they have three children: Leona, Wilbur, and John C. Mr. Friederich was born August 20, 1875. Mr. Friederich’s parents were John C. and Annie (Ahrens) Friederich, both of whom were natives of Germany.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1004