|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1854|
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1882|
The founder of the Zuendt family in America was Baron Ernst Anton Zuendt, born in Bavaria, who came with his family to America about 1860. He was a journalist and worked on newspapers in Milwaukee, St. Paul and St. Louis, being chosen poet laureate of the Turnverein in St. Louis. He came to Jefferson City as a teacher of the German language in the public schools.
William Zuendt, eldest of his four children, was four years old when Ernst Anton Zuendt came came to America. As a young man he became associated with his father-in-law, Christ Wagner, in the wholesale grocery business in Jefferson City. He had married Antonia Wagner, daughter of Christ Wagner, in 1879. Christ Wagner, a veteran of the Mexican War and a lieutenant in the Union army in the Civil War, was the son of Paul Wagner who came from Munich, Bavaria, and settled eight miles east of Jefferson City where he built what was said to be the first brewery in Cole County.
Christ Wagner became a baker by trade. He went to the Pacific coast in the gold rush of 1849, and there acquired considerable wealth. HE was elected treasurer of Cole County in 1862 and again in 1870. He was a personal friend of Governor Stewart, Joseph Pulitzer, and many prominent Missourians.
William M. Zuendt began as a clerk of the firm of Wagner and Scovern, later acquiring Mr. Scovern's interest in the business. He was fatally injured in the railroad wreck on the newly built St. Louis, Jefferson City and Kansas Railway and died December 19, 1881. Mr. Wagner was killed in the same wreck.
William E. Zuendt, the only son of William M. and Antonia Wagner Zuendt, was born May 10, 1882. At the age of twenty he entered the employ of the First National Bank, and was vice-president and director at the time of its merger with the Exchange National Bank. He served for a time as commissioner of finance under Governor Baker. For some years he was engaged in the insurance business and in building and loan activities.
Mr. Zuendt married Miss Frederica Morlock, daughter of William Herman (see sketch) and Lena Kerser Morlock. Mr. and Mrs. Zuendt had three children: William M., Lucille A. and Robert E.
This is from The Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County, Missouri - Published 1900
Info from Nancy Thompson - 47192413
Antonia Wagner Zuendt (1858 - 1943)
Created by: Jean Buersmeyer
Record added: Oct 13, 2011
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