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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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PHILIP H. EISENMAYER, one of the enterprising business men of Murphysboro, is President of the Southern Illinois Milling Company, which erected its mill in 1892, and opened it for business in March, 1893. Under his able management it is meeting with good success, and prosperity will no doubt continue with the concern, for the members of the company are practical, sagacious and industrious men.

Mr. Eisenmayer was born in Mascoutah, Ill., August 25, 1857, and is a son of Jacob and Anna (Zapp) Eisenmayer, who were born, reared and married in Bavaria, Germany. Emigrating to America, they became early settlers of St. Clair County, Ill. Four children were born to them, two of whom are now living. Our subject was reared upon the home farm, spending his boyhood days midst play and work. He attended the common schools and also the college at Warrenton, Mo., for two terms. At the age of nineteen he engaged in the milling business with the Sessinghaus Milling Company, and for eight years served as their salesman in St. Louis. In 1891 he went to Pinckneyville, and became connected with the milling company at that place as the wheat buyer. The following year he was one of the corporators of the Southern Illinois Milling Company and was made its President, which position he still fills.

Plans were immediately drawn and work on the building commenced. It was finished early the following year, and in March, 1893, opened for business. Its entire length is one hundred and ninety-five feet, the width thirty-six feet, and the main part of the building is four stories in height, with a basement. It has all the latest improved machinery, and has a capacity of four hundred barrels of flour per day. They have made as high as seventeen barrels an hour. The elevator has a capacity of fifty thousand bushels and is located on a side track of the Cairo Short Line. The company owns about a block of property. The engine room is 18x46 feet, the engine is one hundred and fifty horse power and there are two boilers of one hundred horse power each. They make extensive shipments of flour to the south and west and are doing a very fine business. Their principal brands of flour are the “Columbia Standard,” “Matchless Straight,” “Uncle Sam” and “Extra Fancy.” This mill is carried on in connection with the Pinckneyville Milling Company, which operates the Eclipse Mill, with a capacity of four hundred barrels per day. This was built in 1891. The Murphysboro mill is the largest in the county and is run night and day, from early Monday morning to Saturday at 12 p. m. The members of the company are Philip Eisenmayer, President; Joseph Van Cloostere, Secretary; Willard Wall, Treasurer; and Theodore Ismert, Superintendent.

Mr. Eisenmayer is a Knight Templar Mason, and in politics is a true Republican, who does all in his power to advance the party and insure its success. His enterprise and industry have won for him a handsome property and have helped him to rise to a position of affluence. He is a warm hearted, generous man, and the best interests of the community ever find in him a friend.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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