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Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1912

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EILENBERGER, WILLIAM, who for the past three years has held the position of chief janitor of the Supreme Court Building at Springfield, and is recognized as a very reliable and efficient official, was born at Monmouth, Ill., October 1, 1855, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Hull) Eilenberger, and a grandson of Luke Eilenberger, who spent his life in Pennsylvania, where he was born. Daniel Eilenberger had one brother and two sisters who came to Illinois and settled at Monmouth. He became a very important man in that section, for twenty-two years was a Constable in Warren County, and served one term as Sheriff. During the Civil War he was a capable soldier and a member of the Eighty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His death occurred from dysentery before the end of his military service. He was married before coming to Illinois, to Elizabeth Hull, who died at Monmouth. They had the following children: Milton, of Monmouth; Benjamin, Constable at Monmouth for the past twenty-seven years; William; Charles, of Monmouth; Jennie, Mrs. James Borwick, of Monmouth; and Daniel, of Montana. William Eilenberger had school advantages at Monmouth until he was seventeen years of age, when he learned the cigarmaker's trade and followed the same for thirty-four years, remaining all this time with one employer. He was then appointed to an official position under Secretary Rose and came to Springfield. He continued in that office for nine years. Since then he has been in his present office. He is well known and is very popular with public men and private individuals who have business at the Supreme Court Building, and is well acquainted with many prominent men of the State. He has not invested in property at Springfield but owns several pieces of real estate at Monmouth. Mr. Eilenberger was married at Monmouth to Miss Lena Opitz, who was born in Germany and came to America in girlhood, with her mother and brother, who settled in Illinois. They have five sons. Mr. and Mrs. Eilenberger are members of the First Presbyterian Church and he is a stanch Republican. He is a member of the Sons of Veterans, the Odd Fellows and the Court of Honor.

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