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Isaac M. Fellheimer

FELLHEIMER, Isaac M., Mayor of the City of Macomb, Ill., and one of its most prosperous merchants, was born in Chambersburg, Pa.. March 29, 1857. His father, Marks Fellheimer, was born in Wurtemberg. Germany, and his mother, Ellen (Geisenburg) Fellheimer, was a native of Philadelphia, Pa. In girlhood the latter attended school in Eastern Pennsylvania. The paternal grandparents. Abraham and Rachel Fellheimer, came from Germany about the year 1845. The family lived in Chambersburg from 1854 to 1865, and in Philadelphia, from 1865 to 1882. Marks Fellheimer and family left Chambersburg during the Civil War, when his property was destroyed in a raid by the Confederates under General Early.

In his boyhood, Isaac M. Fellheimer attended school in Chambersburg when there was an opportunity, and he was afterward a pupil in the Philadelphia common schools. His first employment was as clerk in his father's store in that city. In 1871 he came west and, after spending two years in Macomb, went to Iowa and then returned to Macomb, where he has lived ever since. From 1874 to 1876 he was employed as a clerk by Jonas Strauss, and from 1876 to 1878, by Strauss & Wilson, In 1879 he purchased the interest of Mr. Strauss, and succeeded to the interest of Mr. Wilson in 1883. Mr. Fellheimer is connected with several of the principal industrial enterprises of Macomb, among which are the Gas and Electric Light Company, both sewer pipe plants and the potteries. He is also identified with the Macomb Building and Loan Association and is a stockholder in the Union National Bank.

On March 15, 1882, in Macomb, Mr. Fellheimer was united in marriage with Laura M. McIntosh, a daughter of Joseph W. McIntosh, and their union has resulted in two children, Joseph Wallace and Frank. In politics, Mr. Fellheimer is one of the influential leaders of the Republican party in McDonough County. He was elected Mayor of Macomb, in April, 1905, and his administration of municipal affairs has thus far given eminent satisfaction. Fraternally, he is affiliated with Macomb Lodge No. 17, and Morse Chapter No. 19, A. F. & A. M., and Montrose Lodge, K. of P. He is also a member of the Business Men's Club. With no adventitious aids, relying solely upon his own natural resources, Mr. Fellheimer has become one of the foremost merchants in this section of the State. His intelligence, energy and integrity have enabled him, by diligent application to his affairs, to acquire large business interests aside from his mercantile establishment, and his force of character, combined with personal popularity, have made him the municipal head of the city of his adoption.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 877, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.

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