Rise to Riches

The Weekly Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. September 23, 1890

Dutenhofer At The Flow

The Story of a Sandersville Man's Rise to Riches.

From the Sandersville, Ga., Progress.

A part of gentlemen were conversing in front of the Hotel Sandersville a few evenings ago, carrying on a running conversation about men and events. They were calling up little reminiscences of the past, when one of them remarked: "Years ago, just after the close of the war, I remember there lived in this county a man who, every day, walked between the handles tilling his little farm for a livelihood, contented and serene, seemingly careless and unmindful of the hard life he daily led. By his fellows he was not accredited with any unusual degree of business tact, nor was it the case that his judgement in matters of finance was sought by any of his acquaintances. If he, was overly shrewd no one knew it. If he anticipated any successful achievements beyond the sphere in which he moved, he did not let any one know of this latent ambition that fired his brain. Finally he drifted away from these parts. At first he went to Savannah. Soon after reaching that city, having made a favorable impression on a lady who had some means and who assisted him in pecuniary matters, he became associated with John L. Martin in the cotton commission business. In that he prospered fairly well, and eventually married his benefactress. Retiring from the cotton trade, he went to New York some time in the '70's. There he struck in, it seems, with the 'magicians of finance' in the great metropolis, and prosperity has beamed on him ever since.

"At the last annual election of stockholders of the Central railroad, in Savannah, General Alexander, the president, voted by proxy 3,700 shares of that stock, the property of Adam Dutenhofer, of New York, and that was only a meager portion of his accumulations. The Adam Dutenhofer that lived in pinched circumstances in this county years ago, is now the same Dutenhofer that is accounted almost, if not entirely, a millionaire in the most populous and wealthiest city in the union. His life, so far as rapid money making goes, is a marvelous success, and yet it is but the history of other men. From the bottom he has risen and worked his way through adverse circumstances to a position of security and ease. It is all int he man, after all."

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