ISAAC ALTSCHUL, Springfield. This gentleman is not only one of the leading business men of the city, but is deservedly very popular. While he possesses a Hebraic name, he comes from a family who have long been residents of America. His father, Solomon Altschul, was born in Monheim, Germany, in the early part of this century. He was a member of a prominent and wealthy German family. When young he married Julia Reinach, a handsome young lady of a wealthy German family in opposition to the wishes of her parents. The young couple fled to America, and finally established themselves in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Altschul finally settled at Pine Bluff, Ark., and engaged in general merchandising, and accumulated a handsome property. When the war broke out he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army, and was promoted for meritorious and gallant conduct to captain. He commanded a company at the battle of Wilson Creek. After the war he returned to Pine Bluff, where he re-engaged in the mercantile business. He had been a severe loser by the fortunes of war, United States troops having burned $25,000 worth of his cotton. To Mr. Altschul and wife have been born six children: Joseph, Charles, Isaac, Julia, Carrie and Fannie. In politics he is a stanch Democrat. He was a man who succeeded in life by industry and thrift, and was always known as a man of integrity. Isaac Altschul, the son of above, and subject of this sketch, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, in April, 1861, as were all his brothers and sisters. He received a good education in the public schools, and early in life became a commercial salesman. In 1889 he located in Springfield, and established his present business. He married Miss Lebolt, of Piqua, Ohio. They are the parents of three children. In political opinion he is a stanch Democrat. Mr. Altschul is a genial and pleasant gentleman, and conducts his business in an orderly and liberal manner. His many friends in Springfield always speak of him in the kindliest tones. Charles Altschul, a brother of above, was born in August, 1859. He was well educated, and has passed a large portion of his life as a commercial salesman. He has been for many years connected in business with his brother, Isaac. He is an energetic and efficient man, prompt and square in all his dealings, and enjoys the confidence and good wishes of many friends.
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