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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOSEPH STEINLE, proprietor of the Murphysboro Steam Bottling Works, and maufacturer of soda and carbonated waters, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 20, 1852, and is a son of Thaddeus and Elizabeth (Preig) Steinle, who were farmers of that country. In the family were seven children. Joseph is the third in order of birth and the only one in America. He was reared upon the home farm until fifteen years of age, and was then apprenticed to a brewer, working along that line of business until 1883, when he bade adieu to home and friends, having determined to try his fortune in America. He sailed from Antwerp, and after eleven days spent upon the briny deep reached New York City. Going to St. Louis, he was employed in the Stevens’ Brewery, where he continued seven and a-half years. During the last three years of that time he served as second foreman.

In July, 1890, Mr. Steinle came to Murphysboro and accepted the position of Superintendent of the Murphysboro Brewing Company. Through his instrumentality the business was placed on a paying basis. On the 6th of February, 1892, he purchased of Ed Hayes the Murphysboro Steam Bottling Works, of which he has since been proprietor. He has greatly improved and enlarged the facilities, put in steam and made a fine well, and there are all the conveniences and accessories required in the business. During the summer he keeps an agent upon the road, and ships his goods from seventy-five to one hundred miles from this place. He manufactures California orange cider, English Club soda, grape soda, cream soda, lemon sour, pale lager beer, birch beer, champagne cider and Scotland Bay ginger ale. He also carries in stock the Seltzer Spring waters and Silurian water, and deals in whiskey bottles and all kinds of glassware.

Mr. Steinle was married in Germany in 1879, the lady of his choice being Miss Louisa Kull, a native of the Fatherland. They have one child, Frank. Our subject is a member of the Odd Fellows’ society, of the Treibund and of the Turners’ society. He is also connected with the St. Louis Brewing Company. During his residence in America he has met with good success in his business, thus proving that his decision of seeking a home in the New World was a wise one. He has already made many friends in this community and has a wide acquaintance.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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