Transcribed from the book "History of Warrick County" by Goodspeed, Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885, p. 184, submitted by Judy.
Gottfried O. Wilde, one of the prominent and successful business men
of Boonville, was born May 15, 1842, in Prussia, and was the fifth in a
family of eleven children born to the marriage of Karl J. G. Wilde and
Franziska Hevelke, both of whom were also natives of Prussia, where they
lived and died. Our subject received a good education, in youth
graduating at St. Peres College, Dantzic, and in the special course of
chemistry. He then entered a wholesale chemical and mercantile store in
Danzic, but at the end of two years entered a merchant vessel, upon
which he remained several years. In 8168 he crossed the ocean to America
, locating in Boonville , Ind. , in 1869, and in 1870 embarking in the
drug trade in partnership with a brother who had preceded him to this
place a short time. Four years later our subject purchased his brother's
interest and has since conducted the business alone with more than
ordinary success, owning a large stock and controlling a fine trade. In
December, 1873, he was untied in marriage with Marie Sasse, and he and
wife are members of the Evangelical Church. Mr. Wilde, in politics, is a
Democrat and is one of the enterprising men of the place. He helped
organize the Evangelical Church, having served as Elder in the same nine
years, and is one of its principal supporters.
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