Biography of Charles F. Zundel

Charles F. Zundel, senior member of the firm of Zundel & Brodbeck, was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, in 1824, the son of Jacob and Kathlene (Schieffelin) Zundel. Jacob Zundel was principal of a public school in his native land for many years, was a member of a Protestant church, and died highly respected in 1855. Charles F. Zundel had good school advantages, of which he fully availed himself, and then, while still quite young, learned the baker’s trade. At the age of twenty-eight years he sailed for America and landed at New Orleans, whence he went to Mobile where he worked at his trade until 1866, when he moved to Baldwin county and engaged in merchandising in partnership with George Kapahn. They carried a large and varied stock and were so successful that they opened a branch store on the west prong of the Fish river, at what is now known as Marlow post office. The business being thus divided up, a dissolution of co-partnership eventually resulted. Mr. Zundel then formed a co-partnership with Mr. Brodbeck, with whom he has met with abundant success, as will be perceived by a perusal of Mr. Brodbeck’s sketch. The marriage of Mr. Zundel was solemnized, in. 1870, to Miss Anna M. Brodbeck, a sister of his partner in business. The lady was born in Baden, Germany, in 1842, She came to America with her parents in 1869, and was married at the age of twenty-eight. She has blessed her husband with nine children, born in the following order: Charles F., Ludwig T., Otto E., Ferdinand C., Emil J., Wilhelmina G., Paulina L., Amelia and Cathalina. The family affiliates with the German Lutheran church, and are held in high respect by the community at large. In politics he is a democrat, and was an active participant in the late war, joining the forces of the section in which he had cast his lot.


Memorial record of Alabama : a concise account of the state’s political, military, professional and industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people.. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893.

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