A well-known and respected citizen of Jacob, Emanuel Bellmann is one of the leading general merchants of the place, and is serving acceptably as postmaster. A native of Missouri, he was born June 18, 1880, in Perry county, coming from German stock. His father, Henry Bellmann, was born in Germany, February 27, 1839, and there learned the trade of cabinet maker. Coming to America when about twenty-five years old, he located in Perry county, Missouri, and for several years followed his trade at Altenburg, that state. Subsequently buying a tract of land near by, he improved a good farm, on which he has since resided. He is a man of worth and integrity, a sound Democrat in politics, and a devout member of the German Lutheran church. He married, in Germany, Engle Wichen, and of their eight children Emanuel, of this sketch, is the sixth child in order of birth.
Growing to manhood in Perry county, Missouri, Emanuel Bellmann was educated in private and public schools, completing the course of study in the grammar grades. Acquiring a thorough knowledge of agriculture while young, he spent several years of his earlier life on the home farm. Coming to Jackson county, Illinois, in 1901, he was for four years employed as a clerk in a store at Neunert, where he became familiar with the details of the business. In 1904 Mr. Bellmann, in company with Mr. Schweizer and his elder brother, opened a general store in Jacob, and within the next few years built up a substantial trade. Buying out the interests of his partners in 1910, Mr. Bellmann has since conducted the business alone, and in addition to dealing in general merchandise carries a special line of undertaker's goods and is engaged in the undertaking business. In 1904 he was appointed postmaster at Jacob, receiving his commission on September 22, and has since served in this capacity. Mr. Bellmann married, in 1904, Martha Bochme, a daughter of Lewis Bochme, a Perry county Missouri, farmer, who served as a soldier in the Federal army during the Civil war, and to them three children have been born, namely: Stella, Cordelia and Elmer. A Republican in politics, Mr. Bellman is now serving as treasurer of his home district school. He is a regular attendant of the German Evangelical church, of which he and his wife are valued members.