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EDWARD P. DINGELDEIN. The German element in Springfield is not as large as in many American cities of this size, but those who have cast their lot here have proved to be industrious and loyal citizens, become property owners and have not hesitated to support such measures as have made for the general growth of the city. Of this class is Edward P. Dingeldein, one of our enterprising young Germans of the second generation in this country, but who seems to have the characteristic thrift of the true Teutons.
Mr. Dingeldein was born in St. Louis, Missouri, December 25, 1873 He is a son of Sebastian and Dorothea (Studt) Dingeldein, both parents natives of Germany, where they grew to maturity, received their educations, which were limited, and there made their home until the year 1867, when they left the Fatherland and emigrated to the United States, each locating in St. Louis, Missouri, where they were married in 1869 and there established the family home. There the father engaged in the malt business for five years. The mother was one of eleven children, six sons and five daughters, four of whom are living at this writing, one remaining in Germany.
To Sebastian Dingeldein and wife four children have been born, namely: Julius W., who is associated in business with our subject in Springfield; Edward P., of this review; Emelie M. is single and is living in Springfield; William S. is deceased.
From St. Louis the Dingeldein family moved to Springfield in 1876, when our subject was two years of age, and here the father established himself in business and became comfortably situated. Politically he was a Democrat. His death occurred on March 24, 1894. His widow is still living, making her home in Springfield.
Edward P. Dingeldein grew to manhood in Springfield and here received his education, attending the common school up to 1889, then took a business course in the Southwestern Business College, including bookkeeping and business forms, and was graduated from that institution in 1891. He began his career as a railroader, working for some time with the old Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad Company, and later was in the employ of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Company, and in December, 1897, he started in the retail liquor business with his brother, Julius W., which they have conducted to the present time.
Mr. Dingeldein was married in 1894 to Ida Stone, a daughter of C. M. and Elizabeth Stone, she being one of four children. Her mother and father are still living in Springfield. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dingeldein, namely: Edna L., William J. and Edward S. The two oldest are attending school.
Politically our subject is a Democrat and has remained with the party in both victory and defeat as did his father before him. Religiously he is a member of St. John's German Evangelical church, having been confirmed at the age of fifteen years. He attended the church primary school of this denomination in 1889. He has always sought the companionship of persons older than himself, and has tried to profit by their; examples. Fraternally he is a member of the Eagles, the Improved Order of -Red Men and the German Brotherhood. He has always been a law-abiding citizen, and has kept within the bounds of good citizenship.
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