KRIMMEL, CHARLES F., who has been a resident of Springfield, Ill., nearly fifty years, worked there for many years at his trade of carpenter, but has now retired from active life. He was born at Williamsburg, N.Y., December 2, 1839, son of Ludwig and Rosina (Hahr) Krimmel, both natives of Wurtemburg, Germany. Ludwig Krimmel and his wife came to the United States in 1839, spending about a year in Williamsburg, N.Y., where he worked at his trade of watch maker, then moved to Belleville, Ill., where he opened a general store and conducted it for many years. He subsequently opened a factory for the manufacture of all kinds of woolen goods and continued in this occupation until his death, which occurred in 1848, when he accidentally drowned in a creek near Belleville. The widow of Mr. Krimmel conducted the factory about one year, after which it was sold.
The education of Charles F. Krimmel was acquired in Belleville, and in his youth he worked at the trade of painter, but later learned the trade of carpenter. He worked on a farm for a short time and during the Civil War enlisted in Company B, Ninth Illinois Infantry, for three months. At the expiration of his term of enlistment he re-enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Missouri Infantry, serving three years. He participated in the Battle of Vicksburg and many other important engagements, serving under Col. Osterhaus and under Gen. John A. Logan and Gen. Sherman. While they were going through Georgia he was Chief Wagon Master for the First Division Army Corps, and also served as Forage Master and Sergeant of company A in the Twelfth Missouri Regiment, which was mustered out at St. Louis, August 12, 1864. Mr. Krimmel is a member of Stephenson Post No. 30, G.A.R., of Springfield.
At the close of the war Mr. Krimmel located in Springfield, working several years at his trade, then embarked in business on his own account and for nine years conducted a rendering plant there. He worked for a short time as stationary engineer in the employ of Franz Brothers, of Springfield, and then resumed work at his trade, continuing this occupation until his retirement a few years since. He was a good workman and was successful in a financial way, having acquired several pieces of property in Springfield, besides a comfortable residence at 115 West Mason Street all of which he has since sold. Mr. Krimmel is a Democrat and is actively interested in the welfare and progress of his community. He is well known in the city, where he has won many friends.
Mr. Krimmel was married, in Belleville, Ill., May 16, 1866, to Mary Whitener, born in Mascoutah, Ill., June 14, 1850, daughter of Nicholas Whitener. Her father was born in Germany and her mother in Virginia. Seven children blessed the union of Mr. Krimmel and his wife, five sons and two daughters, and six of them are now living, namely: Josephine, wife of William Peterson, of Bloomington, Ill.; George, a baker, living in Springfield; Edward, a butcher and meat cutter of Springfield; mrs. David Black, whose husband is head clerk in the Illinois Hotel in Springfield; Walter and Charles F., employed by a firm dealing in ice. Mr. Krimmel has six grandchildren living.