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Robert M. ZeppenfieldRobert M. Zeppenfeld, attorney at law, was born in St. Louis, August 11, 1883, and is a son of Robert W. and Eugenia (Bellamy) Zeppenfeld. The father was likewise born in St. Louis and was a son of William and Amelia (Held) Zeppenfeld. The grandfather was one of the German revolutionists who, opposed to the militaristic government of Germany, came to America and made his way to St. Louis with Carl Schurz in 1848. Here he resided throughout his remaining days, passing away in 1903, at the age of seventy-nine. He was a contractor and builder who wasr very successful, so that he was able to retire when but forty-five years of age. In politics he was a stanch democrat. He possessed great shrewdness and keen sagacity and during the later years of his life acted as his own lawyer and was also active in court matters for others. His wife was also born in Germany, being reared at Albersfeld, and had become the sweetheart of William Zeppenfeld before crossing the Atlantic, making that trip about 1850. She died in 1862, leaving two sons, Robert W. and Maurice. The former was reared and educated in St. Louis and for many years engaged in the contracting business, winning a most liberal patronage and enjoying a gratifying success as the years passed. He is now retired, having put aside business cares in 1912. His wife is a daughter of the late Eugene and Eugenia (Nouss) Bellamy and a representative of a prominent old French family of St. Louis. She also survives and the family circle which numbers three sons and two daughters remains unbroken by the hand of death.
Robert M. Zeppenfeld, the eldest, was educated in the public and high schools of St. Louis and in Washington University, where he prepared for the bar, winning his LL. B. degree upon graduation with the class of 1905. He also pursued a three years' academic course but was obliged to discontinue that on account of ill health. Following his graduation he entered upon the practice of law in the office of Harry Troll, then public administrator, and since that time has specialized in wills and administration law. He entered upon practice independently in 1913 upon leaving Mr. Troll's office, and for a time he was junior member in the firm of Henderson & Becker. The latter association was continued until 1916 and since that time Mr. Zeppenfeld has practiced alone. He belongs to the St. Louis, Missouri State and American Bar Associations.
On the 24th of June, 1918, Mr. Zeppenfeld was married to Miss Bertha Schwerdtmann, a native of St. Louis and a daughter of Charles and Amanda (Konert) Schwerdtmann.
Mr. Zeppenfeld is a republican in his political views. During the war period he was a member of the legal advisory board of the twenty-fourth ward. He has always been interested in outdoor sports and during his school-days was active in track work and was a well-known tennis player. He yet indulges in that sport and also finds recreation in fishing. In his profession he has made steady advancement and has gained marked ability in the line in which he specialises.
(Source: Centennial History of Missouri, One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921, Vol. V, Published 1921)


Charles Calvin Ziegler, secretary and treasurer of the American Brake Company of St. Louis, was born in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1854, his parents being Isaac and Catherine (Kern) Ziegler, representatives of the old families of that state. Charles C. Ziegler was educated in the public schools of his native town and also attended the State University of Iowa and Harvard University from which he was graduated in 1884 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1885 he came to St. Louis and became identified with the American Brake Company in 1888. Later he was elected secretary and treasurer of this company and has since continued to fill the position. He has contributed much to the success and growth of the business, owing to his spirit of enterprise and determination. Thoroughly acquainted with every phase of the business he is thus able to direct the labors of others and has been active in building up an organization that produces most substantial results.
Mr. Ziegler was married in St. Louis to Miss Mary Katherine Conser, of Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Henry G. and Mary Conser. They have become parent8 of twin daughters: Laura Alpha, who died at the age of ten, and Calla Alpha who resides with her parents.
Mr. Ziegler has given some time to literary work and is the author of a booklet of poems written "in the Pennsylvania German dialect entitled "Drauss Un Deheem" which has received favorable mention. He belongs to St. Mark's English Lutheran church and now holds the office of church treasurer. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to Forest Park Lodge, No. 578, A. F. & A. M.; Kilwinning Chapter, No. 50, R. A. M., and Hiram Council, No. 1. His political endorsement is given to the democratic party but he does not feel himself bound by party lines. He has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs and as the years have passed he has been active in the upbuilding of one of the important productive industries of St. Louis.
(Source: Centennial History of Missouri, One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921, Vol. V, Published 1921)



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