Gasconade Biographies A-E
Gasconade County Biographies A-E
Philipp Apprill, resident and farmer of Roark Township, is the son of Joseph and Barbara (Schmidt) Apprill, both natives of Alsace, France, the former born in 1786, and the latter three years later. The father was a farmer and grain dealer, and lived to be sixty-one years old. The mother died at the age of eighty, and both passed their entire lives in their native country. Eight children were born to their marriage, of whom two sons and three daughters came to America. The youngest member of the family was Philipp, who was born in Alsace, France, in 1834, and received a common education. While growing up he learned the cooper trade, and after coming to America, in 1853, worked at his trade in Buffalo, until 1854, but went from there to Ripley County, Ind., and in 1860 came to Gasconade County, Mo., where three years later, he married Miss Margaret Vogel, who was born in Switzerland in 1841. By her were born seven children, four sons and three daughters. Mrs. Apprill died in 1880. Both Mr. and Mrs. Apprill were members of the Catholic Church, and he is a Democrat in politics. He has a fine farm of 218 acres, and as a farmer has ever been accus- tomed to sow wheat. Joseph H. Barbarick, Sr., farmer of Third Creek Township, of Gasconade County, Mo., and a native of the same, was born in 1824, the eighth of nine children of Frederick and Elizabeth (Walter) Barbarick, both born in Cabarrus County, N. C., in 1785 and 1790, respectively. The father was left an orphan at an early age, and was reared by strangers. He received a common school education, and when about twenty-five years of age removed to Indiana, and about two years later to Illinois. Three years later he came to Gasconade County, Mo., and located on Crider's Creek, where her mother and stepfather, Daniel Crider, had previously located. Daniel Crider was also a North Carolinian, and settled in Missouri in 1818, where he improved the farm now owned by Henry Bier. Mr. Barbarick located on Crider's Creek, about three miles above his father-in-law's, where he lived until 1861, when his wife died. He then spent the remainder of his life with his children, and died in 1864. His son, Joseph H. Barbarick, is the only one of his father's family who is now living. His entire schooling did not amount to over nine months, and that was obtained with considerable difficulty. He was reared among the Indians, with whom he played as familiarly as with his own brothers and sisters, until fifteen or sixteen years of age. Until he was quite a large boy his sole apparel was a loose deerskin garment. In all probability Mr. Barbarick is as well acquainted with the early history of the county as any man now residing there, and is perhaps, its oldest native inhabitant. February 22, 1849, he was married to Mrs. Manerva Shockley, who died in 1866, leaving seven children. Mr. Barbarick married his second wife, Mrs. Hannah M. Shockley (nee Bran- son) in 1870, and she died in 1885; he then married his present wife in 1887. Since 1849 he has lived on his present farm, and is now the owner of 400 acres of good land. In 1861 he joined Company A, Missouri State Militia, and served six months as sergeant. About eight years prior and during the war he served as justice of the peace. He has always been an industrious and upright citizen, and is an earnest advocate for the cause of education. In politics he was formerly a Democrat, but since the organization of the Republican party he has been an earnest advocate of its principles. He and his last wife are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Barbarick tells an interesting anecdote, con- cerning one of his early ancestors. His mother's great-great grand- mother came to America when about sixteen years of age. While en route the provisions gave out, and the crew and passengers alike were on the point of starvation. Lots were cast as to whom it should be who should give their life to preserve the others, and the lot fell to the girl. Two hours were given her in which to prepare for death; but before the time elapsed a vessel hove in sight and rescued the starving people. Jacob Bareis, a successful farmer of Roark Township, is the son of John and Elizabeth (Strobel) Bareis, both born in Wurtemberg, Germany, where they spent their lives. The father was a worthy farmer, and both he and wife were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He died at the age of eighty, and she, when a little over seventy. Their family con- sisted of thirteen children, eight sons and five daughters. Only two of the children ever crossed the ocean, Jacob and a brother. The former was born in Wurtemberg, in 1827, and at the age of twenty-one started for America, and intended to stop at Cincinnati, Ohio, but the cholera was raging at that place, and he came to St. Louis. Finding it no better there he came to Hermann, but soon after went to St. Clair Co., Ill., where he farmed five years. He then returned to Gasconade County where he has made his home since 1856. That year he married Dorrettea Richter, a native of Brunswick, Germany. She came to this country in 1855, and after her marriage to Mr. Bareis they settled upon their pre- sent property, which consists of forty acres. Their family consisted of ten children, nine of whom are living, five sons and four daughters. In politics, Mr. Bareis votes for the man rather than the party. Both he and wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and he is a good farmer on a small scale. William Barner, one of the early settlers and influential citizens of Gasconade County, was born in Prussia, in 1816, and is the son of William and Christine (Bredemeyer) Barner, both natives of Prussia, and both born in the year 1789. The father was a shoemaker by trade, though, after coming to America, he followed farming. They remained in the old country until 1845, when they came to America and settled in Missouri, Franklin County, where both died, he in 1874, and she in 1848. He took an active part in the war against France in 1813. Both parents were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In their family were three sons and three daughters, all of whom were born in Prussia, Germany. William Jr., the second child, also learned the shoemaker's trade, to which he devoted his time until he came to the United States. In 1843 he married Christine Ohlemeyer, also a native of Prussia, born in 1824, and they too came to America in 1853, loca- ting in Roark Township, on the farm they still own. To their marriage were born nine children, five sons and four daughters, of whom three were born in Germany, and six in Gasconade County. Mr. Barner has farmed since coming to this country, and now owns 133 acres of good land. He and family are members of the Evangelical Church, and he is Republican in his political belief. For thirty-five years he has been a resident of this county, and is accounted a good farmer, and an hon- est, upright citizen. The Barner family is one long established and well known in Gasconade County. Frederick Beckmann (deceased), one of the early settlers of Gasconade County, Mo., was born in Hanover, Germany, where he grew up as a tiller of the soil. On reaching manhood he married Fredericka Grese, also a native of Hanover, Germany. He owned and worked a farm until 1846, when he and wife and five children came to America, and settled in this county, where two more children were born. They spent the remainder of their lives here, he dying at the age of sixty, and she at the age of seventy-three. Both were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The second child, Christian, was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1833, and the greater part of his education was received in his native land. Having farmed on his father's place until twenty-four years of age, he purchased his father's farm, and since then has increased it to 200 acres. In 1858 he married Saloame Aberlen, a native of Baden, Germany. She came here when six years old. To their marriage were born ten children, six sons and four daughters. All the family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Beckmann is a Republican in poli- tics, and during the war served in the Home Guards. As a farmer, he has been quite successful, and is a man well known and highly esteemed, having been a resident of this county for forty-two years. William Beckmann is a native of Prussia, Germany, born March 4, 1829. His father, Henry Beckmann (deceased), was also born in Germany, and immigrated with his family to the United States. They located in St. Louis, where the father died in 1851, of cholera. The family then moved to Warren County, Mo., in 1854. The mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Schmidt, was born in 1801, and died in 1856 in Montgom- ery County, Mo. In the spring of 1864 William came to Gasconade County and settled upon his present farm, which consists of 341 acres and is engaged in farming and stock raising. September, 1855, while living in Warren County, he was united in marriage to Miss Frederica Uthlantt, who bore him five children, only one now living; Frederick W. One son, Henry, died in his twenty-first year in 1876. Mary and Louis died in Warren County when young, and August died in Gasconade County in 1867, when three years old. Mrs. Beckmann died in the fall of 1866, of cholera. Frederick W. married Miss Caroline Biesemier, daughter of Fritz Biesemier, a resident of Osage County, Mo. Two children were born to this marriage, who are named as follows: Dinah and Minnie, aged, respectively, three and one year and six months old. Frederick and family live with the subject of this sketch. The latter is no aspirant to official positions, never had but one law suit (and gained that), and is a member of the Evangelical Church. August Begemann, a leading merchant of Hermann, was born in Germany in 1838, and immigrated to America in 1852 with his parents, Henry and Ernestine (Althoff) Begemann, who afterward resided in Warren County, Mo., until their death. August, after passing his youth like other boys of the neighborhood, removed to Hermann in 1855, and began his mercantile experience as clerk, which he continued for about ten years. He soon became engaged in general merchandising on his own account, and from that time to the present has conducted an establishment which has come to be one of the largest in Hermann. In 1882 he was elected as a Republican to the office of collector of Gasconade County, a position the duties of which he acceptably discharged for four years. In 1864 Mr. Begemann was united in marriage with Miss Flora Baer, who was born in Hermann. Three of the five children born to them are living. Julius Beiermann was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1833, and is the son of Louis and Wilhelmina (Thofern) Beiermann, also natives of Hanover, Germany, born in 1788 and 1793, respectively. The father was a farmer by occupation, and served under Napoleon in his Russian campaign. They were married in the old country, and five children were born to them, two sons and three daughters, all of whom were born across the water. In 1838 they sailed for America, and made their first settlement in Gasconade County. Both were members of the Evangelical Church, and lived to be eighty-two and sixty eight years, respectively. The eld- est son, Julius, was reared on the farm, and during the war served in the militia. In 1855 he married Miss Mary Vogel, daughter of Joseph Vogel, and to them were born six children, five sons and one daughter. Mrs. Beiermann died in 1869, and the following year he married Miss Caroline Barner, daughter of William Barner, and the fruits of this union were six children, three sons and three daughters. He owns 240 acres of land, and is a Republican in his political views. He and wife are members of the Evangelical Church. His first wife was a mem- ber of the Catholic Church. Hermann Bensing, of the firm of Klenk & Bensing, contractors and build- ers, was born in Hermann, December 22, 1838, and is the second child born to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Bohm) Bensing, both natives of Hesse, Germany. In 1836 both came to America, were married in Pennsylvania, but soon after came to Hermann, which was almost a wilderness at that time, and the father helped survey the town plat. He was one of the very earliest settlers. After living in Hermann for about two years they then removed to the country, about three miles from the town. Here he died March 27, 1886, at the age of eighty. The mother died July 26, 1878. Mr. Bensing was a well-to-do farmer, and has reared five child- ren, four now living. Hermann was reared on the farm, where he remain- ed until nineteen years of age. He then learned his trade and has since lived in Hermann. He was two years and nine months in the United States service during the war, four months in the Home Guards, and also four months in the Reserve Corps. He was married in 1864 to Miss Dora Vollersen, a native of Hermann, who bore him four children: Hermann, Lizzie, Katie and August. Mr. Bensing is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln; is a member of the G. A. R., of the A. O. U. W., and a member of the Lutheran Church. William Berger, farmer and merchant of Boeuf Township, is a son of John C. and Ann J. (Klausemeyer) Berger, natives of Prussia, the father born in 1796 and the mother about two years later. The father was a farmer by occupation, and of the eight children born to their marriage only two came to America; the rest died in the old country. The mother died at the age of thirty-six, and the father, who came to America about two years after his son William, died at the age of sixty-five. He was never called into the regular army as he was the only child, and the law of Prussia at that time freed an only son. The subject of this sketch was born in Northern Prussia in 1832, and was about two years old at the time of his mother's death. Reared without the knowledge and influence of a mother, his education was neglected to a consider- able extent, and, although the youngest of eight children, he was the first to come to America, which he did in 1849. After spending two years in St. Louis he came to Franklin County, Mo., and in 1852 married Miss Charlotta Schumacher, also a native of Prussia, born in 1838, and when a little girl was brought to this country. In 1854 Mr. Berger and wife came to Gasconade County and settled on the farm where they now live. Fifteen children were born to this marriage, only six now living, four sons and two daughters. During the war Mr. Berger was in the Home Guards. In connection with farming he has been interested in merchan- dising for the past twenty years, and has an interest now in two stores. He owns about 600 acres of land, is a successful farmer and business man, and he and wife are members of the Evangelical Church. He has held some important official positions; from 1864 to 1868 he held the office of sheriff and collector, and from 1869 to 1872 the position of probate judge and ex-officio presiding justice of the county court. In 1873 his successor died and he was again elected to fill the unexpired term. He is now notary public. He is a Democrat in his political views, a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is accounted one of the most stirring men of his community. Theodore Bergner, book keeper at the brewery and malt house of Hugo Kropp, and a citizen of official prominence in Hermann, is a native of that place, born in 1850. Gottlob and Christine Bergner, his parents, came originally from Germany, immigrating to the United States in about 1843, and locating first in Hermann, from which place they subsequently removed to a farm about four miles from town; they afterward returned, however, and now reside in Hermann. Theodore early familiarized him- self with farm experience, and when not occupied about the home place attended the country schools; in 1869 he taught a six months' country school, and in 1870 he removed to Hermann and assumed the duties of the position as deputy sheriff and collector of the county. In 1874 he was elected sheriff on the Republican ticket, and was re-elected in 1876, 1878 and 1882; such a career needs no additional words of comment. In July, 1887, he entered the brewery as book keeper, and has since re- mained occupied in this position. In 1873 Mr. Berger was married to Mrs. Charlotta Wickers, and to this union four children have been born. Henry Binkhoelter, prominently identified with the mercantile interests of Morrison, and a member of the firm of Binkhoelter & Co., the largest business firm in Gasconade County, came originally from Westphalia, Germany, where he was born June 16, 1848, the third of four children in the family of his parents, Casper and Sophia (Risse) Binkhoelter, who immigrated to the United States and located in Gasconade County, in 1853. While living in Westphalia the father was a shoemaker, but since then has been engaged in farming. His wife, who was born in 1811, died in 1878. He is now seventy-seven years of age, and a resident of Gas- conade County. Henry remained at the home place until twenty-three years of age, then settling at Little Berger, Gasconade County, as a farmer, and remained on same four years, then moved to Berger, Franklin Co., Mo., where he carried on an extensive business until February, 1887. Then he moved to Morrison and formed a partnership with J. H. Schwarze, under the above mentioned name, an association which has proved a lucrative one. Their stock of goods is worth $15,000, an annual business of $30,000 resulting. They also own the Morrison Wheat Elevator, and estimate that 200,000 bushels of wheat have passed through their hands during the past year. Mr. Binkhoelter is also the owner of a wheat elevator at Berger, where he handles about 125,000 bushels yearly. In 1869 he married Mrs. Louisa Koeller, nee Meyer, daughter of Fritz Meyer. She was also born in Germany. They have one son and three daughters: Alma, Lydia, Oscar and Clara. Mr. and Mrs. Binkhoelter are members of the Lutheran Church. The former belongs to Morrison Lodge, No. 390, A. O. U. W. William C. Boing, agent for Bodine Roofing, at Hermann, was born in Gernsheim, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, May 9, 1830, the son of Francis and Louisa (Kohlermann) Boing, both deceased. The father came to the United States in 1832, and the mother followed with two children in 1833. They settled in Franklin County, Mo., where they began making themselves a home among the squatters, and went to farming. Two child- ren were born in Franklin County, making in all two boys and two girls. Susanna, the youngest, died in 1854; the oldest Emma, died in 1873, and Charles, in 1879, at the age of forty-four years. In 1842 they came to Hermann, and here the father died in the fall of 1873, sixty-eight years of age, and the mother in the summer of 1881, at the age of seventy-six years. William C. has lived in Hermann ever since, where he studied practical surveying and engineering when the Missouri Pac- ific Railroad was building, taking a practical and theoretical course at the same time, and at which he became quite proficient, following surveying for many years. In 1859 he was elected county surveyor and served in that capacity for nine years. He was elected county clerk in 1870, and occupied this position for twelve years to the satisfaction of all. June 8, 1856 he married Miss Adele Knoche, daughter of Died- rich Knoche (deceased). No children were born to Mr. Boing's marriage, but he has reared two of his deceased brother's children, viz.: William F. and Annie W. Boing. Mr. Boing is a member of the Harmonie Singing Society, a member of the County Agricultural Society, and a passive member of the Hermann Fire Company. He is also a member of the Hermann Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Simon Boeger, merchant of Bay Postoffice, was born in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, July 21, 1837, and is the son of Simon Boeger (deceased), who immigrated with his family to the United States in 1855, settled in St. Louis, where Simon, Jr., attended the evening schools, and acquired a good English education. He filled the position of salesman in three different stores in St. Louis, until April, 1862, when he came to Gas- conade County, settled at Bay, and engaged in merchandising, marrying Mrs. Charlotte Peters, whose husband, Frank H. Peters (deceased), established in 1855 or 1856 the business, and where he died in 1860. Mr. Boeger carries a full line of everything usually kept in a first class general store, and does an annual business of from $15,000 to $16,000. He owns 1,018 acres of land, and is carrying on farming in connection with merchandising. Besides this, he has two other stores, one at Drake, this county, and the other at Feuersville, Osage County, each of which is doing a large business. Mr. Boeger was married in April, 1862, to Mrs. Charlotte Peters, who bore him these children: Frederica, August, Louis, Emma and Amanda. Frederica married William Brinkmann, who died in 1887; she has one child, Laura. Mrs. Boeger's maiden name was Charlotte Peters, and she was the daughter of Jasper Henry Peters (deceased). She was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to the United States in 1851, where she married Francis Peters (no rela- tive) in 1854. To them were born three children, two now living: Henry W. and Emily. Henry married Annie Stoner, a shoe merchant in St. Louis, and has two children: Ella and Edwin. Ella married Henry Fink, a merchant of St. Louis. Mr. Boeger was postmaster at Bay for twenty- five years, but on account of his Republican principles was removed, notwithstanding the fact that the people of all parties remonstrated against his removal by a petition to the department. He is a member of the Evangelical Church, and his wife and children are members of the Presbyterian. William Braendle, of Hermann, Mo., was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, November 1, 1855. His father, Jacob Braendle, was a native of Germany, and came to the United States in 1870, locating first in Allegheny City, Penn., and after a residence there of seven months removed to Gasconade County, Mo. He located eight miles west of Hermann, where he died in 1872. After the father's death, William left the farm and went to St. Louis, where he labored by the day. He returned to Hermann in 1882, where in March of that year he married Elizabeth Trechmann, daughter of John Trechmann (deceased). Mrs. Braendle was born in Hermann, and she and Mr. Braendle became the parents of three children, two of whom are living: John and Grover Cleveland. Mr. Braendle belongs to the I.O.O.F. in St. Louis, and the K. of P. in Hermann. He conducts a quiet and orderly beer and wine saloon, and is an honest citizen of the county. Dr. Francis William Brinkmann, a practicing physician and surgeon of Bay Postoffice, Mo., was born in Gasconade County, in 1859, being the third of ten children born to Francis William and Wilhelmina C. (Geh- ner) Brinkmann. The father was born in Prussia in 1820, and about 1849 came to the United States. He was married the same year, and for some time after coming to Missouri carried produce to St. Louis. He afterward dealt in stock and real estate. He spent the latter part of his life on Third Creek, where he had improved a good farm, one of the beest in the county. It contained 700 acres. He also built a fine stone dwelling house, which is, without doubt, one of the most convenient in the county. His death occurred in 1874, just after the finishing of his house. He was an esteemed citizen and exercised the right of franchise, but was far from being an active politician. His widow is still living on the old farm, and is sixty- eight years of age. Mr. Brinkmann was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in his neighborhood, and he and wife were con- sistent members of the same. Dr. Francis W. Brinkmann was educated in the common schools of the county, and attended one year and nine months at Bryant & Stratton's Business College in St. Louis, graduat- ing in 1879. He was intending to fit himself for general business, but soon after turned his attention to the study of medicine. In 1882 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of St. Louis, Mo. He practiced one year at Swiss Postoffice and then came to Bay Postoffice, where he has since had an extensive practice. He is one of the first physicians of the county, and his practice extends into the neighboring counties of Franklin and Osage. April 20, 1887, he was married to Mary, daughter of Henry and Charlotte Sunderwirth, and by her is the father of one child, Florence L. The Doctor is a Republican in politics, and his first presidential vote was cast for Garfield, in 1880. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, and he is considered one of the first citizens of the county. Mrs. Brinkmann was born in the county. Her father is deceased, but her mother is yet living. Frederick William Brinkmann was born in the county and township where he now resides, in 1841, and is the only child born to Henry and Mary Brinkmann, who came from Prussia to the United States. They were married in one of the Eastern States, and after residing for some time in Ohio and Indiana, came to Missouri and settled on a branch of Second Creek, they being the second German family to locate there. There the father still resides, being eighty-six years of age. His wife died when their son, Frederick W., was an infant, and he has lived with his present wife for over forty years. They are members of the Evangelical Church, and he helped to build the first German Church in Boulware Township. He was the second of eleven children, and the only one now living. Frederick W. Brinkmann was educated in the common schools, and during the war served in Company E, Missouri State Militia. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Henrietta, daughter of Charles Blinne. She was a native of Lippe-Detmold, and came with her parents to the United States when a child. She died in April, 1876, leaving two children: Frederick William and Henry August. The same year Mr. Brinkmann marr- ied Rebecca, daughter of Bernhardt Sulthaus. She was born in Gasconade County, and died November 26, 1887. Their children are Mary, Hermann, Louis and Benjamin. Since his first marriage, Mr. Brinkmann has resid- ed on his present farm of 280 acres. He has a commodious stone resid- ence and is a prosperous farmer. He is a Republican in politics, and his first presidential vote was cast for Lincoln. He is a member of the Methodist Church, as were both his wives. Fred W. Brueggemann is a carpenter by trade, and was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1846. His parents, H. H. and Margaret Brueggemann, started to immigrate to the United States in 1858, but the father died in mid ocean while en route. The rest of the family came on, and located in St. Louis County, Mo., where the mother died in 1862. The father was a farmer, and during 1813 and 1815 served in the war under Napoleon Bona- parte. Fred W. Brueggemann received the principal part of his education in his native land, and after coming to this country learned the car- penter's trade in St. Louis. This occupation he has since followed. During the late war he served six months in Company C, Third Missouri Volunteer Infantry. In March, 1870, he was united in marriage to Augusta, daughter of Henry Bueker. She was born in St. Louis, and is the mother of seven children. Mr. Brueggemann is the owner of 200 acres, all of which he obtained through his own industry and economy. From 1872 to 1876 he held the office of justice of the peace, and since 1882 has filled the same office. He has been a member of the school board ten years, and at one time practiced law. Politically, he is a Republican, and his first presidential vote was cast for Lincoln. He is a member of the Protestant Church. He has a sister living in St. Louis, a brother in Illinois, and another brother in this county. James W. Bullington, a farmer of Brush Creek Township, was born in Spartanburg District, S. C., in 1840, the eldest of nine sons and one daughter born to Absalom and Oney (Tinsley) Bullington, natives of South Carolina, born in 1813 and 1819, respectively. They were married in 1839, and in 1857 removed to Independence County, Ark., where the mother died in 1873, and where the father still lives. The latter's father was Samuel Bullington, and his grandfather, Robert Bullington, who lived to be one hundred years old, and who was a native of Virginia his father being among the first English colonists of that State, and one who purchased his wife at the price of the passage. Absalom Bull- ington was a farmer, and served as sergeant in the Fourth Arkansas Cavalry during the war. He was justice of the peace several years, and has been postmaster at Walnut Grove. He is now living with his second wife, is a member of the G. A. R., and of the Baptist Church, and is a Mason. James W. received a very limited education in the subscription schools, and being the eldest child much of the hardest work fell upon his shoulders. He went with his parents to Arkansas, and began business for himself by farming. In June, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry for six months, and served eight months. He was discharged at St. Louis, after which he started home, but got as far as Rolla, when he thought it unsafe for Unionists to travel through that country, and consequently gave up the idea of going home, but began working for Henry Souders, of this county, and here remained five years, in the meantime purchasing eighty acres of land. In 1868 he married Miss Rachel N., daughter of Christian and Rachel Souders, for- merly of Indiana, but early settlers of Gasconade County, where Mrs. Bullington was born. Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bulling- ton, four now living: Laura, John, Martha and Jacob. Since his marriage Mr. Bullington has lived on his good farm of 360 acres, all the work of his own hands, and is one of the enterprising and progressive farmers of the county. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the G.A.R., and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. George H. Buschmann, postmaster and merchant at Owensville, is a native of this (Gasconade) County, born December 13, 1852, being the eldest of ten children (nine living) in the family of his parents, Kasten and Rebecca Buschmann, nee Eitmann, natives of near Bremen, Germany. The father, when a boy of fourteen years of age, immigrated with his par- ents to America, settling in Gasconade County, where he remained until twenty-one years of age. Following this for several years he carried on a store in St. Louis, but finally returned to his adopted home and engaged in farming. He has become one of the most prominent men in the county, having filled nearly every position within the gift of the people, including those of justice of the peace, collector, sheriff, representative, county and probate judge, and others, sufficient testi- monial of his popularity. He is postmaster and notary public at Bay, near which place he now resides upon his farm. Himself and wife are members of the German Evangelical Church. George H. Buschmann remained at home with his father until twenty years of age, receiving the rudi- ments of a liberal education in the common schools, which he finished at Hermann. During the winter seasons for six years following he taught school, clerking during the summer months, until, in company with a brother-in-law, H. W. Stoenner, he started a store at Bay, also conduc- ting a store at Owensville, where a brother, F. H. Buschmann, was also associated with him. In two years the establishment at Bay was taken charge of by Mr. Stoenner, and two years after that Mr. Buschmann pur- chased the interest of his partners, and has since been sole proprietor of an establishment doing from $18,000 to $20,000 worth of business yearly. The stock is a general one, and well selected. October 2, 1882 Mr. Buschmann married Emma Colling, daughter of Jacob Colling. She was born near Hermann, and has become the mother of two daughters: Emma and Flora. Mr. Buschmann and wife are members of the Evangelical Church; in politics he is a Democrat. Dr. Frank H. Caughell, a well known practitioner of Morrison, was born at Chamois, Osage Co., Mo., September 1, 1861, the eldest of four children in the family of his parents, Dr. D. M. and Sarah (Burnett) Caughell, now residents of Ashland, Kas. The former was born at St. Thomas, Ontario, March 3, 1834, subsequently graduating from the medi- cal school of Albany, N. Y., after which he came to Missouri in 1858. Until 1885 he was actively engaged in practicing his profession in Osage and Gasconade Counties, then moving to Kansas. For two years during the war he served as surgeon. He has always been a prominent Mason, and for a number of years was master of Chamois Lodge. Mrs. Caughell's birth occurred in Campbell County, Va., May 1, 1843. She is a descendant of the famous Tucker family. The subject of this sketch was reared in the county of his nativity, receiving his educa- tion in the public schools. At the age of eighteen he went into the Missouri Pacific Railroad Hospital at Sedalia, and during his term of service for the railroad graduated from the Kansas City Medical Univ- ersity. In 1885 he withdrew from the employ of the railroad company, at which time he was acting as second assistant surgeon, and located at Morrison, where he has succeeded in building up a good practice. October 12, 1885, Dr. Caughell married Miss Alice Buente, daughter of Fred. Buente, a deceased merchant of Morrison. They have one daughter, Alma. Mrs. Caughell is a member of the Catholic Church. The Doctor is a Democrat, and belongs to the A. O. U. W. Squire Christian Danuser. Among the German settlers that came to Gas- conade County at an early day may be mentioned Thomas and Barbara (Bantly) Danuser. The father was born in 1802, and the mother in 1805, and both were natives of Switzerland. They were married in 1825, and the result of this union was the birth of ten children, two of whom died in the old country, and one on shipboard while crossing the ocean to America in 1846. They located on the place where Christian now re- sides, the father having purchased the property of David McKinney, the original settler. Here they passed the remainder of their lives, the father dying in 1871, and the mother ten years later. Squire Christian Danuser, the youngest of the five sons, was born in Switzerland in 1840 but received his education in Gasconade County, or what little he did receive, not having attended more than twelve months altogether. By observation and reading he has become one of the well informed and wide awake men of the county, and is so considered. October, 1861, he en- listed in Company E, of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States army, and served eighteen months as teamster. Since the war he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has been quite success- ful in this occupation. In 1864 he married Miss V. Christina Botter- mann, who was born in Gasconade County in 1846. Nine children, four sons and five daughters, were born to this union. All are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Squire Danuser has held the office of justice of the peace for four years, is a Republican in politics, a member of the G. A. R., and of the Agricultural Association, of which he has been director. He takes much interest in schools and in improv- ing the public roads, and is an intelligent farmer, standing high in the estimation of those who know him. He owns 160 acres of good land, of which 100 acres are under cultivation, which he has made by his own industry and good management. Louis Dieckgraefe was born in Westphalia, Germany, in 1825, the second of eight children born to Peter Casper and Christina (Stein) Dieck- graefe, both native Germans, born in 1801 and 1795, respectively. They were married in 1821. The father was a needle maker by trade, and the last twenty years of his life was a forester. He died in 1873, and his wife in 1856. Their son, Louis, attended school until thirteen years of age, and then worked with his father until 1848. From that time until 1851 he served in the regular army in Germany, and in 1854 came to Gasconade County, Mo., with a company of eighty persons, including Henry Brandenburger, who afterward became his father-in-law. In 1855 he married the latter's daughter, who died in 1863, leaving four child- ren: Louis H., Rudolph E., Albert W. and Alvina. In 1863 he took for his second wife Catherine Niebruegge, and by her became the father of nine children, six of whom are living: Lena, Lydia, Fred, Henry, William and Emma. Owing to industry and economy Mr. Dieckgraefe is now the owner of 300 acres of good land. He is the only one of his people who came to the United States, with the exception of one brother who came in 1863, and is now deceased. Mr. Dieckgraefe is a fine scholar, and when he came to the United States he bought a dictionary, and very readily acquired the English language. He served in the State Militia during the late war, and from 1868 to 1882 was postmaster of Woolam. In 1880 he was the census taker of Third Creek Township, and has several times served as deputy assessor. Politically, he was formerly a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Lincoln but he now affiliates with the Democratic party. William Doerman is the son of Frederick W. and Catherine M. (Ahlemeyer) Doerman, both natives of Prussia, Germany, the former born in 1801, and the latter in 1795. The father was a farmer by occupation, and, on account of having lost the sight of an eye, escaped a soldier's life. Of their five children, all were born in Prussia. After living in their native country until 1840, they came to America, locating in Gas- conade County, Mo., and here the parents passed the residue of their days. Both were members of the Evangelical Church. The mother died in 1859, and the father afterward married Mrs. Louise Tappe, previous to his marriage to the mother of William, he had been married, and was the father of one son. He died in 1881. The subject of this sketch was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1836, and was reared in this county. Dur- ing the war he served about seven months in the militia, but, previous to this, in 1858, he had married Miss Henrietta Brandenburger, who was born in Westphalia in 1838. She came with her parents to this country in 1854, and was here married to Mr. Doerman. To them were born six children, five now living. Mr. Doerman is a Republican in politics, as was his father before him, and he and wife are members of the Evangeli- cal Church. For forty-eight years he has been a resident of this county, is a good farmer and an intelligent citizen. He has 656 acres of good land, which he has made by his own exertions and with the help of his wife. Christian Eberlin (deceased), who was one of the early settlers of Gas- conade County, was born in Baden, Germany, in 1819. After reaching manhood he married Christina Wiedermann, also a native of Baden. After living in the old country until 1847 they then sailed for America, re- maining in Philadelphia a short time, and then came on to Gasconade County, where the father passed the remainder of his days. He was a life long farmer, and during the war served about fifteen months in a company of artillery, being discharged at the end of that time on account of sickness. He was a member of the Evangelical church, as is also his wife, who is still living and sixty-one years of age. Christian, Jr., was born in Roark Township, in 1849. He received both an English and German education to a limited degree. In 1873 he marri- ed Miss Annie Michaelis, also a native of Gasconade County, born in 1856, and to them were born three children, two sons and one daughter. Mr. Eberlin is a Republican in politics. In 1887 they settled on their present farm, which consists of eighty acres of fine land. He commen- ced with a very small capital, and has made the most of his property by hard work and economy. Charles D. Eitzen, one of the oldest merchants and conceded to be among the most influential citizens of Gasconade County, was born in Bremen, Germany, August 20, 1819, and immigrated to America and located in Her- mann in 1838, a short time after this town was laid out. For three years he clerked in the first and only store in the town, and in 1841, when but twenty-one years of age, purchased the store and began on his own account, a business in which he has continued to the present. In 1855, before the completion of the railroad to Hermann, he engaged largely in the lumber business, meeting with success, and shipping great quantities of yellow pine to points up the Missouri River. At the same time, as agent for the Meramec Iron Company, he shipped iron to different places on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In all public affairs Mr. Eitzen has taken a prominent part. Politically he is a stanch Republican, and during the war firmly supported the Federal Gov- ernment, and part of the time was captain of a company of militia in active service. In 1861 he was elected from his senatorial district (comprised of the counties of Franklin, Osage and Gasconade) a member of the Constitutional Convention, in which body he labored in opposi- tion to secession; in 1875 was elected to the State Constitutional Convention, and in 1876 was elected to the Twenty-ninth General Assem- bly of Missouri. In 1871 he became identified with the public schools of Hermann, which were at that time in poor condition, but under his management and inspiration a two-story commodious school building was erected, an ornament to the city. Since then educational interests have constantly increased. Mr. Eitzen is now a member of the board of trustees. For twenty-five years he has been connected with the town board of trustees, during most of which time he has served as mayor. In April, 1844, he was married to Miss Jane Kehr, who has borne him seven children, three of whom survive. George Eppler, cabinet maker and farmer of Roark Township, is the son of Christian and Beda (Kommer) Eppler, both born in Wurtemberg, Germany. When a young man the father served under Napolean in his Russian camp- aign, and after his return married; and of the four sons and eight daughters born to this marriage only three came to the United States. The father was a weaver by occupation, and died while still a compara- tively young man, being only forty-eight. The mother died at the age of eighty-seven. George was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1828, and received a good education. At the age of fourteen he began learning his trade, and after having worked in the old country until 1856 he came to America, and after following his trade until 1857, came to Gasconade County. The same year he married Miss Sothie Hof, a native of Prussia, born in 1830, and who came across the ocean in the same ship that he did. On coming to this county he located where he now lives, owning eighty acres. To his marriage were born ten children, eight of whom are living, three sons and five daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Eppler are both members of the Evangelical Church. In 1861 Mr. Eppler enlisted in Company E, of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and served eighteen months. In 1865 he was called out in Company C, of the Fifty-eighth Ohio Regiment, and was released in October. Besides, he was lieutenant of the Home Guards, and quartermaster-sergeant of the militia; also first sergeant in the Fourth Missouri. In politics he was formerly a Republican, but for the past few years has been Indepen- dent. He is a member of the G. A. R., and is an excellent citizen. He is a first class cabinet maker, and has some specimens of his workman- ship that are very fine.
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