Charles Nebe is a native of Prussia, Germany, where he was born October 15, 1853, and is the eldest of six children born to Conrad and Kathrina Nebe, who were natives of the same country as our subject. The family came to the United States about 1857, and lived in New York City about three years and then removed to Evansville, Indiana, where the father and mother now reside. Charles was raised in Evansville, and secured little or no education, but has since secured a comparatively good education by his own efforts and by contact with business life. He learned the machinist trade and worked at that occupation until 1874. He then followed various callings with indifferent results till 1877, when he came to Mount Vernon and worked as clerk for C. F. Tente until November, 1883, when he began keeping a grocery and saloon in partnership with Valentine Schneider, and continued with him until February 12, 1885. Since that time he has conducted the business by himself. He carries a good stock of goods and is doing a thriving business. In October 1880, he was married to Lizzie Dietz, a native of Germany. They have one child, Emma. Mr. Nebe is a Democrat and a member of the Harugari order.