George Frederick WALDHAUS, son of George Jacob and Katherine VONDERSCHMITT WALDHAUS, born May 23, 1819, in Klein-Biberau, Germany. In 1837 the family emigrated, landing in New Orleans New Year’s night 1838. In July of the same year the family located to Quincy.
He learned the cooper’s trade, and for many years conducted a shop in this city. In 1840 he married Marie GASSER, born March 1, 1824, in Baden, Germany. George Frederick WALDHAUS served in the Mormon war of 1844 as a member of the German Guards. For many years he was prominent in public life, holding many offices of honor and trust. In 1854-55 he was city marshal; in 1856-57 city treasurer; in the spring of 1865 he was elected mayor of the city; from 1874 until 1879 he represented the Third Ward in the board of supervisors.
In 1890 George Frederick and Marie WALDHAUS celebrated their golden wedding, attended by a great number of relatives and personal friends. Mrs. WALDHAUS died September 21, 1892; her husband, February 3, 1899. Three sons survive: Henry W. WALDHAUS, born September 13, 1842, who at the age of fifteen drove a mail wagon, receiving twenty-five dollars a month. Later he learned the cooper’s trade. In 1866 he was elected as street commissioner. For thirty years he was assistant assessor of the Town of Quincy. His wife, Caroline, nee WEBER}, died many years ago. Fred WALDHAUS, the second son, a machinist by trade, is at present engineer in the house of correction. Edward, the third son, is a paper hanger by trade and located in the eastern part of this county.