Numbered among the prosperous and capable business men of Golconda is Ferdinand Salzmann, who as a druggist has built up a profitable trade, his patronage being large and lucrative. He was born in 1874, in Germany, the native country of his parents. William and Christina Salzmann. Leaving the Fatherland in 1881, William Salzmann came with his family to Illinois, locating in Pope county, where he resided until 1892. Going then to New Jersey, he settled in Newark, where his wife died.
Seven years of age when, with his parents, he crossed the ocean, Ferdinand Salzmann attended the country schools of Pope county until fourteen years old. Beginning life then for himself, he found employment in a drug store, and in the course of a few years he had so mastered the details of the drug trade that he decided to start in business on his account. Looking about for a favorable investment, he bought in 1891 the drug store of Dr. J. A. Trovillion, and has since managed it wisely and well, having through his own unaided efforts built up a fine business.
Mr. Salzmann married in 1904, L. M. Young, who is of Scotch and American parentage, her father, Dr. J. B. Young, having been born in Scotland, while her mother, Mrs. A. M. Young, is a native of Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Salzmann have two children, namely: Ferdinand, Jr., born in 1908; and Mary Louise, born in 1911. In his political affiliations Mr. Salzmann is a sound Republican, and fraternally he belongs to
the Ancient Free and Accepted Order of Masons. Born and bred in the Lutheran faith, he is a valued member of the Lutheran church.