JOHN HARTMANN. - John Hartmann, long known in Springfield as a business man whose success came to him as the direct outcome of his own labors, arrived in this city in 1868. He was then a youth of sixteen years and at once he began to learn the baker's trade. His birth occurred in Baden, Germany, on the 7th of February, 1852. His parents always lived in that country and the father engaged there in farming for a time, while later he conducted a grocery store. Eventually, however, he retired from active business life and in the evening of his days enjoyed rest from labor. Both he and his wife died in the fatherland.
In the common schools of his native country John Hartmann acquired his education. When only sixteen years of age he came to the United States, landing in New York, whence he made his way to Springfield, Ohio. After a short period spent in that city, he came to Springfield, Illinois, and as before stated began to learn the baker's trade under the direction of Mr. Houck, in whose employ he remained for three years. He was also employed for four years in the bakery owned by Charlie Long and on the expiration of that period he entered into partnership with Mr. Frey under the firm name of Hartmann & Frey. They established a bakery, grocery and retail liquor house and conducted the enterprise for seven years. On the expiration of that period Mr. Hartmann purchased the property at the corner of Washington and Ninth streets, where he established a saloon. He continued in business there for a long period and also had a large wine room, which he conducted up to the time of his demise.
In June, 1875, Mr. Hartmann was united in marriage in Springfield to Miss Annie Burney, also a native of Germany, born August 26, 1857. She is a daughter of Nicholas and Susan (Bastin) Burney, who came to America in 1860 and made their way at once to Springfield, where the father resided until his death, which occurred in 1902. His widow now makes her home with her children in this city. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hartmann were born seven children, of whom six are now living: Johnnie, who married Lucy Franz and resides in Springfield, where he is engaged as a teller in the Illinois National Bank; Conrad, who married Catherine Loser and conducts a saloon in Springfield; Charles, a bookkeeper residing with his mother; Elizabeth, Anna and Louise, at home; and Joseph, who died March 17, 1902.
The death of Mr. Hartmann occurred February 4, 1898. He had been very successful in his business and was thus enabled to leave his family in very comfortable circumstances. He took a very active interest in politics, kept well informed on the questions and issues of the day and gave a stalwart and unflinching support to the principles of the Democracy. He held membership in the Catholic Order of Foresters and was a loyal and devoted member of the German Catholic church, to which his widow also belongs. he had many friends in Springfield and was well liked by all who knew him. During his long residence here he had formed a wide acquaintance and his genial manner and many good traits of character awakened the friendly regard of those with whom he came in contact. After his death Mrs. Hartmann carried on the business for five years and then sold out to her eldest son, who remained as proprietor for only two months, when he, too, sold out. Mrs. Hartmann now owns the three-story business block at Nos. 829-831-833 East Washington street, which she rents to good advantage. She also has a dwelling at No. 909 East Mason Street, which she rents, and in addition to those pieces of realty, she owns her beautiful home which was erected by Mr. Hartmann at No. 930 North Sixth street and which she and her children now occupy.