SEXAUER, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, the enterprising editor of the "Staats Wochenblatt," of Springfield, Ill., is a prominent and well known citizen and successful in a financial sense. He is a native of fountain City, Wis., born April 18, 1871, son of George Jacob and Anna Margaret (Hangen) Sexauer, the former born in Baden, German, June 10, 1826, and the latter born in Rhinehessen, Germany. George Jacob Sexauer joined the Revolutionists at Baden, in 1848, fought under Hecker, Sigel, Strube, and others, and escaping to Switzerland, came to America in 1852. He settled first at Buffalo, N.Y., where he was married, and in 1857 came to Chicago, going thence to Galena, Ill., and later to Fountain City, Wis., which he has made his home since 1860. He was a carriage maker by trade, but has no retired from active life. Mrs. Sexauer died March 15, 1909, at the age of eighty-two years.
The education of Benjamin F. Sexauer was obtained at Fountain City and he attended the high school there. As is customary in German families, his parents encouraged him to begin work young, and he learned the trade of carriage maker, which his father followed, but not being suited with this occupation, learned the trade of printer and in 1896 became part owner of a German publication issued at Fountain City, known as the "Republikauer and Alma Blaetter," selling his interest in 1899. He then located in Springfield and May 1, 1900, purchased the paper which he now publishes. He has met with gratifying success in this enterprise and has won many friends in the county. Mr. Sexauer is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Association, and fraternally is connected with the Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the National Protective Legion. In political views he is a Democrat.
Mr. Sexauer was married, at Fountain City, Wis., April 10, 1800, to Miss Callie Alig, who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, daughter of Chris and Christina (Fry) Alig. Mr. Alig was born in Switzerland and his wife in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Sexauer have no children.