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WILLIAM SONDAG. Born on a farm near the town of Valmeyer, where he has since lived and made his home and which is the scene of his business activities, William Sondag is one of the younger set of business men who are marked for success and prosperity in their business careers. Still under thirty years of age, Mr. Sondag has made steady and rapid progress in a business way, at the present time being manager and part owner in the hardware and lumber business which his firm carries on.

William Sondag was born on August 20, 1883, near Valmeyer, as mentioned previously. His father, Theodore M. Sondag, came to America from Belgium when he was a child, in the company of his parents. He was born in Belgium in September, 1848. The family located in Monroe county, where Theodore Sondag grew to young manhood. He married Margaret Wiersham, settled on a farm in Monroe county, and there they reared a family of ten children, eight of whom still survive, William Sondag being the fourth in order of birth. Those now living are: Celia, William, Clara (now Mrs. Harbaugh), Minnie, Frank, Emma, Armand, Augusta. Mr. and Mrs. Sondag are both living in the home they established in earlier years. They are members of the Catholic church and have reared their family in that faith. Mr. Sondag is a Democrat in his political allegiance.

William Sondag attended the public schools of his home town until he was sixteen, when he began teaching school. He followed the pedagogic art for six years, but at the end of that period he saw a valuable opportunity to become established in a hardware, implement and

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lumber business, and he opened a store in Valmeyer, which he is still conducting most successfully. He is the manager and part owner of the business, and under his careful managership the firm is making steady progress. Mr. Sondag is recognized as one of Valmeyer's most progressive and careful business men.

Like his father, Mr. Sondag is a Democrat and an adherent of the Roman Catholic faith. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is active and enthusiastic in the work of the order. While not of a political turn of mind, it has fallen to Mr. Sondag's lot to serve his town as treasurer for some time, in which office he acquitted himself with credit to the town and himself.

In June, 1908, Mr. Sondag married Miss Edna Heidger, the daughter of John Heidger, a veteran of the Civil war. Mr. and Mrs. Sondag are the parents of two children, Roger and William.

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