HIs obituary says he came to Freeport the same year he immigrated, but h is daughter Anna Billerbeck Snyder's obituary says they first moved to S t. Louis and then came to Freeport at the outbreak of the Civil War.
This baker, referred to as the Billerbeck Bakery, was the reason the Fr eeport High School was called the Freeport Pretzels. John Billerbeck's b akery flooded the town with pretzels, so much so that Freeport was call ed the Pretzel City. Hence the high school teams were called the Freep ort Pretzels, and still are.
From his wife Wilhelmina Reineke Billerbeck's obituary:
In 1880 Mr. Billerbeck and his wife opened a bakery on Galena Street in t he building now occupied by the S. Ortmeier shoe store. They conducted t heir business there until 1884, when they moved to the present location o f the Vienna Bakery on South Galena Avenue. Their business grew and in 1 888 they erected the four-story building on the northwest corner of Sou th Galena Avenue and Galena Street. (Alice Horner's note: Galena Stre et was later renamed Main Street.) In 1897 they erected another large b uilding north from Spring Street on the east side of South Galena Avenu e. The building contains a number of store rooms and apartments.
According to his daughter, Anna Billerbeck Snyder's obituary, they live d in Saint Louis, Missouri until the Civil War broke out and then moved t o Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
His burial location is not given in his obituary, but it's very likely t hat it's Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illino is since that's where his wife Wilhelmina is buried.
He had a relationship with Peterkedina van Deest