Louis Stuebing, a prominent representative of the commercial interests of Marshall County, is successfully engaged in general merchandising in La Rose. He is a German by birth and training, but possesses the true American spirit of progress, which together with\with the habits of industry and economy learned in the ftherland, has enabled him to become a well-to-do and prosperous citizen.
Our subject was born near Berlin, Germany, September 27, 1849, and is a son of Gotleib and Marie (Binn) Stuebing, the former born in Gorlitz, Schlesien, and the latter near Berlin, Where the father's death occurred. Louis obtained a good common school education in his native place, and in October, 1871, sailed for the new world. Landing at New Orleans, he remained in that city until the following spring, when he came to Plano, Illinois, where he was employed in the Plano binder works until 1877. In that year he came to La Rose and opened a small stock of general merchandise, but as his trade constantly increased he added to it until he now carries a stock valued at five thousand dollars, consisting of dry goods, groceries, hats, caps boots and shoes, clothing, notions, paints, oils, crockery, queens ware and glassware. He receives a liberal share of the public patronage, which his courteous treatment of customers and well selected goods justly merits.
Mr. Stuebing was married October 17, , 1876, to Marie Zilm, daughter of William Zilm, of Belle Plain township and they now have seven children: Ernest, Alma, Wanda, Herbert, Doris, Louis and Verner. Ernest is now clerking in a store in Chicago, but the others are still at home. In 1873, the mother of our subject came to the United States, and now makes her home with her son Leopold, in West Pullman, Illinois. For seven years, Mr. Stuebing has served as school treasurer in La Rose, and has ever taken a deep interest in all enterprises which will in any way benefit the community. He and his family are communicants of the Lutheran Church5ch, and are highly respected by all who know them.