Biography of Arthur C. Singbusch

Arthur C. Singbusch, now city electrician of Champaign, is a man of thorough technical training and wide experience in his profession, and his proficiency is due to a combination of practical work in various industries and to the advantages afforded by the great technical schools of his native city.

Mr. Singbusch was born in Champaign October 13, 1882, a son of August C. and Anna (Wascher) Singbusch. His parents were both born in Germany, the father coming to America when about ten years of age. For twenty-five years August C. Singbusch was in the grocery business at Champaign, though with various other interests on the side, and now except for occasionally writing some insurance he is practically retired. He and his wife had only two children, Arthur C. and Elsa.

Arthur C. Singbusch graduated from the grade schools of Champaign and for two and a half years was a student in the engineering college department of the University of Illinois. His first business experience was with the firm of Root & Vandervoort, manufacturers of gas engines at Moline, Illinois. After two years with that company he returned to Champaign for the purpose of bettering the technical side of his training and took a short course in the steam engineering department of the University. He was next employed by the manufacturing company of Curtis & Singbusch, in which his father was a partner. This firm conducted a jobbing shop for the manufacture of auto supplies and foundry castings. Mr. Singbusch remained with them a year and once more returned to the University, where for about three years he was an employee in the electrical engineering department.

About that time the Singbusch family moved to Enid, Oklahoma, and Arthur was in the electrical business in that city for four years. Returning to Champaign, he spent four years with Caldwell & Company, electrical contractors, and in 1915 was called from this work to the office of city electrician, to which he was appointed by Mayor Swigart. He had every qualification for the office and has thoroughly justified the expectations entertained of him when he entered upon his duties. In politics Mr. Singbusch is a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Congregational Church. On April 27, 1910, he married Miss Hazel Scott, of Enid, Oklahoma. They were married at Enid, and are the parents of three children, Carl, Dorothy and Elsa Louise.


Stewart, J. R. A Standard History of Champaign County Illinois. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York. 1918.

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