The career of Fred A. Buthweg, a well-known clothing merchant of Audubon, this county, contains no exciting chapter of tragic events, but is replete with well-defined purposes which, carried to successful issue, have won for him an influential place in the business circles of Audubon, and high personal standing among his fellow citizens of Audubon county. His life has ben one of unceasing industry and perseverance. The systematic and honorable methods which he has ever followed have resulted not only in winning the confidence of those with whom he has had business dealings, but also in building up a large and profitable business.
Fred A. Buthweg is a native of Germany, born in East Prussia on September 9, 1865, a son of Gottfried and Elizabeth (Wohlgemuth) Buthweg, who arrived in America on October 10, 1880, later settling on a farm in this county, where they spent the rest of their lives. They were the parents of but two children, both sons, of whom Fred A. is the elder, the other son, John, being now a prosperous and well-to-do farmer of Leroy township, this county.
Fred A. Buthweg was educated in the public schools of his native land and after coming to this country took a course in the high school at Audubon, brushing up his English. Subsequently he took a business course in the Omaha Commercial College at Omaha, Nebraska, and on February 25, 1884, began his business life as a clerk, at which work he continued for three years. He then went to Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived for one and one half years, during which period he was employed as a clerk in a grocery store, attending school at the same time. In 1890 he returned to Audubon and engaged in the grocery business for himself, continuing in that line until 1904, in which year he disposed of his business to Hans Albertson, and engaged in the clothing business, which line of business he still continues, making a specialty of men's furnishings. He has built up a large and lucrative business in the city of Audubon and the surrounding country, and his store is one of the most popular in the county-seat town.
On June 27, 1895, Fred A. Buthweg was married to Mary Musson, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Boone) Musson, early settlers in Audubon county, they having come to the county in 1876, and to this union two children have been born, Harold and Florence, both of whom are living at home with their parents.
Mr. Buthweg has never held any public office and has never been especially interested in politics. Fraternally, he is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.