From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 234-235, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William G. Mohlmann, proprietor of the furniture and undertaking
establishment at the corner of Main and Jefferson streets, was born in
the city of Beardstown, July 10, 1866. His father, William, was born in
Prussia and was the son of Henry, who was also a Prussian. He grew up
there and learned the trade of cabinet maker. He married a Prussian
lady of good family, and after most of their children were born, and
when their son William was thirteen years old, in 1849, came to the
United States. He finally settled in Beardstown and established a
business, which was managed by Henry Mohlmann until his death in 1881,
at the age of seventy-eight years. It was afterward carried on by
William Mohlmann until his death in 1891. He was a good business man, a
public spirited citizen and one that did much for the city. His wife,
as well as mother, is still living, the latter being about eighty years
of age. The mother of William G. was named Lydia Lohmann, a Prussian.
She was yet young when she came with her parents to the United States,
and her mother is still living, smart, bright and active. The whole
family were identified with the Lutheran Church.
William G. Mohlmann is the second of seven children. He grew up
and obtained a practical education, and learned his business by growing
up in it. He afterward took a course in the College of Embalming in
Chicago. The business was established by the grandfather, Henry, in
1858. Until 1876 most of the goods were manufactured by the firm. At
that time William F. became sole proprietor, and in 1891 William G.
became half owner, and after the death of his father the sole
proprietor. The convenient building now in use was recently built by
the present owner. It was completed in July, 1891. Mr. Mohlmann
occupies a double store, basement and first and second floors, 50 x 80
feet, all stocked with goods.
He was married in Virginia, February 18, 1892, to Miss Rose
Leggett of North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Mohlmann are young society
people of Beardstown. Mr. Mohlmann is a member of the blue lodge and
chapter, A. F. & A. M. of Beardstown and Rushville, and Commandery
No. 56, and Senior Deacon in blue lodge and Royal Arch Captain in
chapter. He is no office seeker, but is a Democrat in politics. He is
yet a young man, but full of business and is bound to succeed.