Clarence F. Lauer is one of the progressive business men of Joliet, where he is secretary and treasurer of the
Zero Ice Company. He was born near Symerton, Will County, Ill., Jan. 6, 1883, a son of Lewis H. and Eliza (Kreimeier)
Lewis H. Lauer was born in Canton, Ohio. His parents were John and Minnie (Schwartz) Lauer, natives of Germany.
They are deceased and buried in Des Plaines Cemetery, Joliet. They came to Will County, Ill., when Lewis H. Lauer
was two years of age. He was reared on his father's farm and attended the country schools. He continued farming
in Will County until 1906 when he retired and moved to Joliet, where he now resides. He is a Republican and a member
of the Evangelical Church. His wife, who was born near Manhattan, Will County, died in 1896, and is buried in Providence
Ridge Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Lauer seven children were born: Clarence F., the subject of this sketch;
Alvin, superintendent of the Pullman shops, New Orleans, La.; Walter, World War veteran who served in France, garage
owner, Joliet; Nellie, married Parke Bailey, lives at Stockton, Ill.; Lester, manager The Underwriters Laboratories,
Pittsburgh, Pa., a World War veteran, who served in France; Fred, Joliet; and Edwin, Plainfield, Ill.
Clarence F. Lauer attended the public schools and in 1903 graduated from the Metropolitan Business College, Joliet.
He worked in the Joliet post office until 1916 when he resigned as chief clerk to become secretary and treasurer
of the Zero Ice Company.
In 1916 Mr. Lauer was married to Miss Jennie Templeton, a daughter of John and Delilah (Blain) Templeton. Mr. Templeton
was a carpenter by trade. Both he and his wife are deceased and are buried in Willard Grove Cemetery, Minooka,
Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Lauer have two sons: Arthur, born in 1920, a student; and Donald, born in 1924.
Mr. Lauer is a Republican. Fraternally he is affiliated with Mount Joliet Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 42, of which
he is an honored past master 1924; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27, Past High Priest in 1911; Joliet Council, R.
and S. M. No. 82, Past Master in 1924; Joliet Commander, K. T. No. 4, Past Commander 1912; Oriental Consistory,
Valley of Chicago, 32nd degree, A. A. S. R.; Medinah Temple, A. A. a N. M. S., and K. P., Joliet Lodge No. 532.
On Sept. 15, 1925, Mr. Lauer was made a thirty third degree Mason, Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
He also belongs to the Shrine Club of Joliet; Hamilton Club of Chicago; Rotary Club of Joliet; Chamber of Commerce;
Board of Directors of the Y. M. C. A.
Mr. Lauer is County Central Committeeman of the Ninth Precinct of Joliet, and is treasurer of that body. He belongs
to the Methodist Church in which he is serving as trusti and chairman of the finance committee.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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