William J. Mauthe, manufacturer of soda and mineral water, ginger ale, etc., De Soto, bought the establishment of William Lorenz, February 18, 1885, and has since been in the business. He has met with good success and supplies the trade of De Soto, Hillsboro, Kimmswick, Crystal City, Potosi and Pevely, employing three men during the summer season. Mr. Mauthe is a native of Pacific, Franklin Co., Mo., and was born in 1860. He is a son of William and Susan (Kiburz) Mauthe, natives, respectively of Wurtemberg, Germany and Switzerland. William Mauthe was born in 1827, and about 1841 left his native country and immigrated to America, settling first in St. Louis, where he remained until 1843. He then located in Pacific, Franklin County, where for the past ten years he has been engaged in merchandising, having served as postmaster during the war. Mrs. Susan Mauthe was born in 1837. She is the mother of ten children, of whom seven are living: August, Annie, William J., Louisa (wife of Charles Hufschmidt), Louis, Clara and John. William J. Mauthe received his education in Pacific, and at the German Institute in St. Louis. From the time he was fourteen until twenty years of age he was engaged in news dealing, the jeweler business, and ran a small printing office. In partnership with his brother, August, in 1882, he established the manufacturing of soda water in Pacific, selling his interest to his brother in 1884, and establishing his present business in De Soto. December 1, 1886, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Daniel Schafer, who was born in South St. Louis, in 1867. They have one child Annie Adalie. In politics Mr. Mauthe is a Republican. He is a member of the A. O. U. W.