Biography of Charles W. Siglinger


This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1898. Page 293. Scan and OCR by Joy Fisher, 1997. This file may be copied for non-profit purposes. All other rights reserved.


CHARLES W. SIGLINGER, the senior member of the firm of Siglinger & Wickre, butchers and live stock dealers, Webster, Day county, is one of the best known business men of that thriving town. Mr. Siglinger was born on the 16th of September 1859, in Marion County, Illinois. His parents, Gottlieb and Sophia Siglinger, were both natives of Germany, and came to this country about the year 1858. They had three children, two sons and a daughter. Both of his parents died before our subject was six months old, and an aunt brought him up. He attended the schools of his native state, and until his nineteenth year worked upon a farm. He then went to Yellow Medicine, Minnesota, and secured a position as a clerk in a general store. He remained there until the spring of 1883, when he removed to Webster, South Dakota, soon afterward becoming a clerk in the store of John Norton at that place. He continued in the employ of Mr. Norton until 1888, when he was elected to the office of sheriff of Day County, which he held for two years. In 1890 Mr. Siglinger went into the cattle buying and shipping business, which he continued very successfully until 1893. He then formed a partnership with Mr. A. A. Sandvig under the firm name of Sandvig & Siglinger, and together they established the present live-stock and implement concern. In the spring of 1895 Mr. Sandvig retired and his interest was purchased by Mr. H. O. Wickre, who has since been connected with the firm. Two years later the butcher business was added. Messrs. Siglinger and Wickre have been very successful in a business way, and it may safely besaid that to-day the firm controls as large a trade in the goods which it handles as any house in Day county, and is rated among the most solid and substantial commercial enterprises in that section. Mr. Siglinger is a Republican in politics, but with the exception of one term as sheriff, already mentioned, he has never held public office. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the A. O. U. W.


On the 14th of July, 1886, Mr. Siglinger married Miss Amelia C. Moulton, a resident of Webster, and a daughter of M. M. and Amelia Moulton. Mr. and Mrs. Siglinger are the parents of five children: Ethel; Ira and Ina, twins; Jessie; and Charles, the latter being deceased.