Very frequently it is found that a successful business man is the citizen best qualified for public office in a community, the management of public affairs requiring the same firmness, foresight and good judgment that are necessary to insure prosperity in carrying on commercial undertakings of a personal nature. Thus the people of Valmeyer, Illinois, have undoubtedly done well in selecting as the president of their village the present incumbent, John Adam Nauman. He was born in Jefferson county, Missouri, December 4, 1884, and is a son of John William and Mary (Arnold) Nauman.

John William Nauman was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, December 4, 1849, and was about eight years old when he accompanied his parents to America. They located on a farm in Monroe county, Illinois, and there John William grew to manhood. After his marriage to Mary Arnold, of Jefferson county, Missouri, he moved to Fredericktown, Missouri, where he went into the butcher business, subsequently moving from there to Kimmswick, in the same state, where he acquired property and continued in the meat business until his death, which occurred November 1, 1904. He was twice married, his first wife dying in 1889, the mother of seven children. His second marriage was to Christianna Mann, who was born in Germany, and five children were born to this.union. They were members of the Lutheran church and all were worthy and respected people.

John A. Nauman obtained his education in the public schools of Jefferson county. His father was a very practical, sensible man, and as soon as the son was old enough he had duties to perform in his father's market and subsequently learned the business in all its details, after the family moved to Kimmswick. In 1909 he came to Valmeyer, Illinois, where he embarked in the meat business, in which he has continued, having the leading market in the place. In his business affairs he has prospered and through his public spirit and personal integrity has become a leading citizen here. Prior to being appointed president of the village, which honor was accorded him in 1911, he had served as a member of the board of aldermen. Politically he is a Republican, as was his late father.

On August 19, 1907, when in his twenty-fifth year, Mr. Nauman was united in marriage with Miss Mary Louer, a daughter of Frederick Louer, and they have one son, Elmer. Mr. and Mrs. Nauman are memhers of the Lutheran cburch.

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