Biography of Henry C. Seuffert
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Henry C. Seuffert, proprietor of a general hardware, heating and plumbing business at Caledonia, who is also an expert tinsmith, was born at Muensingen, Wuertemberg, Germany, Aug. 11, 1865, son of Christian and Rosalia (Gross) Seuffert. Both parents were natives of Wuertemberg, the father born at UIm, Jan. 10, 1835, and the mother at Muensingen, Nov. 23, 1830. They were married May 13, 1863. The father, who was a cooper by trade, came first to the United States to establish a home. His wife, with their two children, subsequently joined him at Muscoda, Grant. County, Wis. From there they later removed in succession to Madison, Wis., Sauk City, Eau Claire, Alma, which place they left in 1881, then Alexandria, Minn., and thence to Fergus Falls, Minn., subsequently returning to Alexandria. After residing for a number of years at Alexandria, they came to Caledonia, Houston County, where both parents died. In addition to the two Sons mentioned, who were Henry C. and Christian, of whom Christian died soon after coming to America, they had four other children: Eugene, born in Muscoda, Wis., Dec. 8, 1868; Adolph, born in Sauk City, March 16, 1870; and Louise, born in Eau Claire, Dec. 5, 1871, and Christian born at Eau Claire, who died in infancy. Henry C. Seuffert acquired his early schooling in Eau Claire, and later attended the parochial and public schools in Alma. He subsequently learned the cooper's trade, and was also engaged in mill work in Buffalo County, Wis. On July 18, 1881, he .entered the employ of Tester & Schilling, of Alma, who were engaged in the hardware business, and remained with them for 13 years, during which time he learned the tinner's trade, becoming an expert workman. As an example of his skill it may be stated that while at Alma he made a tin model of the raft boat "Juniata," towing a raft of logs, which was exhibited by the Mississippi River Logging Co., at the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893, where it was awarded a Blue Ribbon in the Department of Transportation. In 1895 Mr. Seuffert engaged in business for himself, opening a shop in Alma, where he conducted a tinsmith's business and carried a line of hardware until 1900, when he came to Caledonia, Minn. Here he bought out A. J. Flynn, and, bringing his hardware stock from Alma, conducted a hardware and tinsmith's business, which he has since enlarged to a general hardware, heating and plumbing business, his store being known as the "Red Front Hardware Store." Energetic and industrious, he has been successful and is now numbered among the prosperous business men of Caledonia. He is a member of Lodge No. 20 A. F. & A. M., at Caledonia, and also of the order of Woodmen. Mr. Seuffert married Fredericka Achenbach, who was born in Belvidere township, Buffalo County, Wis., daughter of William and Christina (Laudenbach) Achenbach. He and his wife have two children: Norman Eugene and Luella Matilda. Norman E. married Mary Lockwood, and Luella is the wife of C. F. Lewis, of Preston, Fillmore County, Minn.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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