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Henry Quellmalz, head of the H. Quellmalz Lumber Company of St. Louis, has been a lifelong resident of this city and is a self-made man for he started out on his own account when a lad of but thirteen years and since that time has depended solely upon his efforts and energies for his business advancement and success. He was born in St. Louis, November 27, 1867, his parents being Henry and Elizabeth (Hofner) Quellmalz, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father came to America in 1860, settling in St. Louis, and in this city was married in 1864 to Elizabeth Hofner. He engaged in the machinery and blacksmithing business to the time of his death, which occurred in 1881. To him and his wife were born three sons and two daughters.
Henry Quellmalz, the eldest of the family, was a lad of but thirteen years when he started out in the business world by learning the blacksmith's and machinist's trade. Later he was connected with the wood stock manufacturing business and afterward organized the Lloyd D. Harris Manufacturing Company. He was associated with the business until 1907 and then bought out his employers and organized the H. Quellmalz Lumber & Manufacturing Company, of which he is the president. In this connection he has developed one of the important lumber interests of the middle west. He has large land holdings, embracing extensive tracts of timber land and he has five sawmills located in Clay and Greene counties of. Arkansas. During the World war he supplied the government with material for tent pins and also wagon material. His trade relations cover a very extensive territory, for he ships lumber into various sections and the business is now a very profitable one.
On the 27th of December, 1881, Mr. Quellmalz was married to Miss Annie Selhoefer, a daughter of Henry Selhoefer, a prominent contractor of St. Louis. To this marriage have been born four children: Henry, Mary, Edwin and Telka.
In his political views Mr. Quellmalz is a stalwart democrat and for four terms served as state committeeman from the tenth district, continuing in the position from 1898 until 1918. He has been very active in democratic politics and his opinions carry weight in the councils of his party. He belongs also to the Western Rowing Club, to the Chamber of Commerce and along the line of his business is identified with the National Hardwood Lumber Association. He studies closely everything that relates to the trade and his enterprise, comprehensive knowledge and indefatigable energy have been the salient features in the attainment of his present-day-success.
(Source: Centennial History of Missouri, One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921, Vol. V, Published 1921)



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