Placed at the head of a great charitable institution, carrying the responsibility for the welfare of a large number of unfortunates who have been unable to care for themselves, and imbued with an earnest desire to restore his charges to health and friends, stands Phillip Burkhardt, superintendent of the Alms House at Waterloo, Illinois, and one of his community 's leading men. Mr. Burkhardt, whose business is that of a contractor and bridge builder, was born at Burkesville, Monroe county, Illinois, February 28, 1866, and is a son of Conrad and Mary (Fauerbach) Burkhardt. Conrad Burkhardt came to the United States from Germany and located in Monroe county, at Renault Grant, and there spent the rest of his life in farming. He had two sons by his marriage with Miss Mary Fauerbach, Phillip and John W., the latter a contractor and well driller of Waterloo. By another marriage Conrad Burkhardt had six children: Henry, residing at Burkesville; Conrad, of St. Louis; Theodore, of Renault; Charlotte, of the state of Kansas; and Sophia and Helena, living at Renault. Phillip Burkhardt was educated in the public schools of Renault, Illinois, and his entire business career has been given to contracting and bridge building. A man of boundless energy and business foresight, he chose well his field, and the high grade and quality of his work is a monument to his skill and integrity as a contractor. Politically a Republican, he has been active in the ranks of his party, and when the office of superintendent of the Alms House at Waterloo became vacant he was the logical choice for the position and was appointed thereto. The manner in which his administration has been managed shows that no mistake was made when he was chosen for this capacity, and he bears the full confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens and the respect and
grateful regard of those in his charge. He is a member of the Mutual Protective League, and with his wife attends the German Lutheran church.
On November 22, 1887, Mr. Burkhardt was married at Renault, Illinois, to Miss Mary Koch, who was born at Ivy, Illinois, September 13, 1869, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth (Ullrich) Koch, natives of Saxony and Germany, respectively. Mrs. Burkhardt has two sisters: Mrs. Wilhelmina Ziebold, of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Mrs. Augusta Bunde, of Horse Prairie, Illinois; and two brothers, Samuel, of Renault, lllinois, and Ferdinand, of Willow Springs, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Burkhardt have had ten children: Elizabeth Louisa, Wilhelmina Augusta, Phillip Conrad, Mary C. W., Paulina Sophia Wilhelmina, Ottillie Julia Katherina and Sylvester William Ernst, all at home; Arthur Theodore Ferdinand and Mildred Olga, who are deceased; and Ellenora Anna Dora, at home. They also have an adopted child, Orinta Louisa Horneffer. The family is well and favorably known in Waterloo, where for a number of years it has been represented by some of this community 's leading men, among whom Phillip Burkhardt holds a prominent place.