William  A.  Neu

          William A. Neu, City Treasurer, Shelbyville, is a native of Germany, born in Bavaria, April 25, 1846.  His parents,  Louis C. and Eva (Mackert) Neu,  were also natives of Germany, the former born in 1819, and the latter in the year 1821.  Louis C. Neu lost his wife in 1848, and the following year immigrated to the United States and settled in the City of New York.  He subsequently returned to Europe, and while making a tour of that country died in London, England, in the year 1857.  William A. Neu was reared and educated in New York, and at the age of thirteen engaged in the hardware business, which line of trade he has successfully followed until the present time.  He left New York in 1875, moving to Bartholomew County, Ind., and from thence six years later to Shelbyville, of which city he has since been an honored resident. Since locating in Shelbyville, Mr. Neu has won a conspicuous place in the estimation of his fellow citizens as is attested by the fact that in 1885, he was elected to the office of City Treasurer, the duties of which position he has discharged in an eminently satisfactory manner to the present time.  He has also made a creditable record as a business man, being watchful and systematic in all his transactions, and noted for his financial ability and prompt and honorable dealing.  He is in strong sympathy with the Republican party, and is recognized as one of its standard bearers in Shelby County.  Mr. Neu married in 1871,  Miss Emma C. Gruhl,  who was born in Germany, November 30, 1850. To this union have been born four children, to-wit:  Louisa M.,  Edward E.,  William A.  and  Clara E.  Mr. Neu is prominently identified with the Odd Fellows fraternity, having joined the same in 1885, and with his wife belongs to the Moravian Church.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 519-20, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
From Boetcker's  Picturesque Shelbyville

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