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SEBASTIAN DINGELDEIN. The late Sebastian Dingeldein, for many years a well known business man of Springfield, afforded in his life and its success, and, other evidence that industry, economy and straightforward dealings constitute the keynote to honorable competency. Pre-eminence is a goal that most men strive to attain. No matter what field, whether it be literature, art, science or commerce, the ambition of the true man will push him to such endeavor that his success shall stand out with glaring distinctness and his position shall be above all others.
Mr. Dingeldein, as the name implies, was of Teutonic blood, his birth having occurred in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, October 15, 1842, and was one of a large family, seven daughters and six sons, and there he grew to manhood and received his education. He learned the trade of brewer and traveled around for some seven years. Emigrating to America, he landed at New York City, October 6, 1867, and went from there to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in, October, 1868, he went to St. Louis, Missouri. He worked in the largest breweries and malt houses in that city for over eight years, and then came to Springfield, this state. Here he engaged in the brewery business the rest of his active life, the brewery in question having been built in 1872 by Buehner & Finkenauer. Mr. Dingeldein leased this property in October, 1876, for ten years, and in June, 1882, bought it before the lease expired, and for a period of fourteen years he was owner of the Southwest brewery, located on College street. It is a substantial plant with walls of the best rock and laid in cement, the cellar having a capacity of twelve hundred barrels. When first started the brewery turned out eight hundred barrels per day, but Mr. Dingeldein increased its capacity until, in 1882, it made twenty-one hundred barrels per day. He thoroughly understood every phase of the business and built up a large and lucrative trade, shipping his products all over the country. He retired from active life a few years prior to his death, which occurred on March 24, 1904. His father died in Germany in 1859 and his mother died, in 1862.
Mr. Dingeldein was married in St. Louis to Dora Stuedt, who was born in Keppeln, Prussia, April 5, 1844. She is a daughter of Peter and Annie (Greisher) Stuedt, whose family consisted of eight children, four of whom are still living-Mrs. Dingeldein, of Springfield; two daughters in Illinois, and one in Prussia. Mrs. Dingeldein grew to womanhood in Germany and received her education in the common schools there; however, her textbook training was very limited. Her teacher was a man who had taught in the schools for over fifty years, teaching all grades, and it was compulsory for children to attend school two years to the local minister for Bible education, Bible history, etc. Mrs. Dingeldein is known to her many friends as a woman of kindness, charity and hospitality, and her beautiful home on College, street is often visited by her many friends. Religiously, she is a Protestant and belongs to the German Evangelical church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Dingeldein four children were born, namely: Julius W., born in St. Louis on January 24, 1870; Peter Edward, born in St. Louis on December 25, 1873; Amelia Margareta, born in 1882 in Springfield, and William Sebastian, born in Springfield, August 18, 1885, the last-named being deceased.
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