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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Max. Eichberg

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


MAX. EICHBERG - One of the leading merchants in Champaign, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Feb. 3d, 1839, and was the youngest of a family of nine children. In 1851, at the age of twelve years, he, with two other brothers, emigrated to this country and lived with his brother, Lewis EICHBERG, in Logan county, this State. In 1857 he went to Cincinnati, where he attended college and was with his brothers, Lewis and Samuel, in the wholesale business. In 1860 he embarked in the mercantile business in partnership with his brothers in Mexico, Missouri. In March, 1866, he removed to Champaign and opened the New York wholesale and retail dry goods and carpet store. They did a cash business and kept a large stock. With quick sales and small profits they did a large business, and the New York store was soon a household word throughout Champaign county. In 1872, finding the store inadequate for the large business, they erected the Opera block, No. 20 and 22 Main street. The same year they also erected a fine residence on University avenue. The opera has a capacity of six hundred chairs and the store-room is one of the largest in the city, and the continued throng there proves the fair dealing and is appreciated by the citizens of Champaign county. The Eichberg brothers have a business house in Atlanta, Illinois, and also one at Lincoln. In 1863, Mr. Eichberg was united in marriage to Miss Jette LANDAUER, also of German birth but living in Cincinnati at the time of his marriage. By this union they have had born to them a family of seven children, viz., David (now deceased), Emma, Belle, Flora, Lewis, Nathan William and Minnie Pearl. Characterized by industry and integrity, Mr. Eichberg has gained a competency of this world's goods. Quiet and unassuming in his manners, he has not sought public positions of trust and honor, preferring the part of the private citizen, whose duties he has at all times striven to fulfill, and the high regard and esteem in which he is held by his fellow-townsmen give evidence that he has not been unsuccessful in his endeavors to fill his desired place in life.

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