CHRISTIAN WUNDERLICH, County Commissioner
of Vanderburgh county, was born in
Prussia, January 24, 1843. His parents,
Christian and Maria (Domheifer) Wunderlich,
natives of Prussia, born in 1814 and
1820, respectively, for many years were
residents of Perry Township, this county,
where the father still lives, the mother having
died November 19, 1888. His paternal
grandfather was Christian F. Wunderlich,
born in Germany about 1756, and died in his
native country about 1849. The father of
the subject of this mention was a farmer by
occupation, and coming to the United States
in 1854 settled in Vanderburgh County, and
two years later brought his family from the
fatherland to this new country.
Commissioner Wunderlich is the eldest in a family
of seven children, five of whom are now
living. He attended the schools of his native
land, and since coming to this country
his education has been obtained in the practical
school of experience.
When the life of the nation was threatened by
armed rebellion he responded promptly to the call to
arms. July 26, 1861, he enlisted in the First
Indiana Battery, and participated in the battles
at Pea Ridge, Magnolia Hill, Champion
Hill, and Big Black River, the siege of
Vicksburg and in the Red River campaign.
He performed every duty with that patriotic
zeal which characterizes the heroic soldier.
He was honorably discharged at Indianapolis,
September 13, 1864.
Coming home he worked on the farm until 1865, when he
came to Evansville and learned the carpenter's
trade. In December, 1866, he accepted
a position on the police force of this city,
and served until April, 1868, when he
again employed himself at his trade. One
year later, however, he was elected City
Marshal and held this office five years. In
1874 he was elected Sheriff of the county
by a majority of 777 votes, and two years
later was re-elected, his majority being 659.
He was appointed deputy United States marshal
for Indiana in 1879, and served two years
in that capacity.
His first election as county
commissioner of this county occurred in 1884,
and his re-election in 1886. During his
occupancy of this office important public
improvements have been inaugurated, and
As a guardian of the
people's interests, and yet as a progressive
man of affairs, he has discharged his many
official duties with great credit to himself and
with advantage to the public. In the building
of the magnificent new courthouse he has
exercised rare good judgment, and his work in
this connection will be to him a perpetual memorial.
He was married in 1865 to Miss Elizabeth
Grunner, born in Germany, February
17, 1844. Of this union eight children have
been born: Emma, William C., Isabelle,
Christian J., Frederick, John C., Elizabeth
Mr. Wunderlich is an earnest republican, and
has taken an active part in the affairs of his party.
He is a member of the F. & A.M., I.O.O.F., and A.O.U.W.
fraternities. Active and progressive, he has
made his own way in life and is now one of
the prominent men of the county.