Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

GEORGE C. RUPPRECHT. It is not enough to be all right in this world, but it is necessary that we look all right as well, because two-thirds of success is making people think we are what we profess to be and can be depended upon. Success in life also depends a great deal in selecting the line of work for which we are best fitted by nature. How many third-class ministers, lawyers, physicians there are who might have made remarkable success as agriculturists or merchants, or as inventors, railroad men or mechanics. George C. Rupprecht, foreman at the Steineger Saddlery Company, Springfield, studied himself and found out what he was capable of doing and what he was unfitted for, so he wisely selected a practical calling and has made a comfortable living all the while.

Mr. Rupprecht was born October 4, 1865, at Wurzburg, Bavaria, a province of the German Empire. He is a son of John and Barbara (Seubert) Rupprecht, both natives of the same locality where they grew up, were educated, married and established their permanent home. There the death of the mother occurred in 1871 at the early age of thirty-three years: The father became somewhat prominent in public affairs and was a city official and held other public offices. He was also a commissioned officer in the regular army there for a period of sixteen years. His death occurred in his native land in 1882. Her father, Michael Seubert, was also a Bavarian and spent his life in the Fatherland. He was a bleacher and master of bleachers, also a riverman for years. To John and Barbara Rupprecht four children were born, namely: Carl, Anna, Barbara and George C.

Mr. Rupprecht, of this sketch, spent his boyhood in his native land and attended school until he was thirteen years of age, then went to work learning the saddlery trade in the city of Wurzburg. After serving his apprenticeship he entered the Seventy-sixth Infantry of the German army, at Hamburg, and served two years. Then he followed his trade in different towns of the Empire until 1892 when he came to America, landing at Baltimore, Maryland, and from there made the long journey to central Texas, where he followed his trade until 1899, when he came to Springfield, Missouri, where he has since resided, and for over fifteen years he has been in the employ of the Steineger Saddlery Company, working for a year as saddle maker, then was promoted to foreman in 1900, which responsible position he has continued to hold to the present time, giving eminent satisfaction to his employers. He is an expert in his line and is reliable and trustworthy. At present he has twenty-four hands under his direction. He has saved his earnings and owns a good home on Cherry street.

Mr. Rupprecht was married in Springfield in 1900, to Cecelia Guettinger, who was born in Zurich, Switzerland, from which country she emigrated to America when young. This union has resulted in the birth of four children, namely: Carl is deceased; George is now twelve years of age; Walter is eight, and Cecil is three.

Politically, Mr. Rupprecht is an independent voter. He formerly belonged to the Catholic church. He is a member of the German-American Alliance, being now president of the local order of the same; he is also secretary of the German-American Beneficial Society of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He is also prominent in the Masonic order, being a member of Solomon Lodge No. 271, in which he has held all offices. He is also a member of Springfield Chapter No. 15 and has also held all offices, being at this writing high priest.


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