FEUERBACHER, FREDERICK (deceased). - The sturdy qualities of the Germans make them desired wherever advanced civilization has taken hold, for they are industrious, intelligent and thrifty. They do not rove from place to place but settle down and work for their posterity, founding homes and taking an interest in those matters which will insure good schools and government. The late Frederick Feuerbacher was one of he best kind of German-Americans Springfield has ever known. Born in Germany, in July, 1814, he was brought up under the fostering care of an unusually intelligent father, whose profession was that of school teaching. Neither of the parents came to America, but lived and died in Germany.
As he grew up Frederick Feuerbacher learned the cabinetmaking trade and, realizing the better opportunities offered here, came to America in 1847, first locating at Louisville, but coming to Springfield in 1848. In the Capital City he found ready employment for his skill as a cabinetmaker, and worked at his trade the rest of his life. During this time, he produced some beautiful work, which still exists as proof of his skill, that new nothing of the cheap, machine-made articles of this generation. Mr. Feuerbacher was a Republican and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, in the faith of which he died in 1882, honored and respected by a wide circle of friends. His marriage occurred in Germany, in 1841, when he was united with Regina Dittus, born in Wurtenburg, Germany, July 27, 1817. Her parents lived and died in Germany. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Feuerbacher: Mary married John Gottschalk; Christina, wife of Jacob Baumann, deceased; Jacob married Caroline Paul, a resident of Springfield, and they have two daughters, Emma Marie and Caroline; Magdeline; Lena, wife of William F. Schmidt, a carpenter and contractor, living with Mrs. Feuerbacher, and they have one son, Walter G., a florist in the employ of Mr. Vanhor. There are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren now living in the family belonging to Mrs. Feuerbacher. She is a venerable lady, having attained the advanced age of ninety-two years. The family have all been prominent in church work and are known throughout the county as reliable, substantial people. Mr. Feuerbacher's life was one of hard work and thrifty investment, and he left behind him a comfortable competence to provide for his widow in her old age and to give his children a start in life.