Well directed energy is an asset to every modern business man, without which even the most favorably situated may fail, and as an element of success it may be considered of first value. When men of large capital or large corporations select officials for important positions in their enterprises and undertakings they are very liable to make choice from among those who have already demonstrated business energy. In this connection attention may be called to the present efficient secretary and treasurer of the Salt Lick Milling Company doing an extensive business at Valmeyer, Monroe county, Illinois —Samuel H. Feldmeier, who was born at Waterloo, Illinois, March 27, 1885. He is a son of Henry and Ernestine (Kurt) Fcldmeier.

Henry Feldmeier was born March 2, 1861, at Macystown, Monroe


county, Illinois, and at present is a resident of Waterloo. His father, Frederick Feldmeier, was an early settler on the rich bottom land along the river near Waterloo, and was a veteran of the Mexican war. Henry Feldmeier engaged in farming near Waterloo until 1885, when he moved into the town, where he is at present serving as superintendent of the Waterloo electric light plant. He still owns his farm of one hundred and twenty acres. He married Ernestine Kurt, who was born in Dresden, Saxony, Germany, and they have three children, namely: Samuel H., Louise and Florence, the last named being Mrs. M. A. Koenigsmark. Henry Feldmeier and wife are members of the Lutheran church.

In the public schools at Waterloo, Illinois, Samuel H. Feldmeier secured an excellent education. A farmer's life did not appeal to him, hence when seventeen years of age he left home and went to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became an employe of the Standard Stamping Company and remained with the same firm until May 25, 1910, when he became interested in the grain business in connection with the W. L. Green Commission Company. He continued with the same firm until April 1, 1911, and displayed such excellent judgment in this line that he made a very favorable impression and severed his pleasant business relations only to accept his present position, that of secretary and treasurer, as above mentioned, with the Salt Lick Milling Company, at Valmeyer. This enterprise is a stock company, backed by large capital, with J. J. Koenigsmark as president. The capacity of the mill is two hundred barrels, the leading brands of flour being the Valmeyer Patent and the Purity. Employment is afforded fifteen workmen, the mill is equipped with modern, improved machinery, and the outlook for the future is very promising.

On November 17, 1909, Mr. Feldmeier was united in marriage with Miss Wilhelmina Koenigsmark, a daughter of J. J. Koenigsmark, and they had one son, Robert Louis. Mrs. Feldmeier died at Valmeyer on September 30, 1911. In his political views Mr. Feldmeier is a Republican and fraternally he is identified with the Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is a member of the Lutheran Evangelical church.

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