Gasconade Biographies M-P
Gasconade County Biographies M-P
Gustave Manske, farmer, was born in Prussia, July 16, 1814, and is a son of Martin and Rosali Manske. He was reared on the farm, and rec- eived a good collegiate education. In June, 1838, he married Miss Caroline Vearch, who bore him eleven children, only four now living: Adolph, Otto, Emma, wife of William Stricker, and Amelia. In 1852 Mr. Manske came to the United States, spent about a year and a half in New Orleans engaged in the carpenter business, and then returned to the old country for his family. They then returned and settled in Morgan County, Ill., where they remained eight years. They then removed to Leavenworth County, Kas., and in 1867 came to Gasconade County, Mo., settled on Gasconade River in Richland Township, where they have 205 acres of good land, about 108 under cultivation, all the result of his own labor. He served in the Home Guards during the war. He has al- ways taken a deep interest in all matters pertaining to education, and has given his children good educations in both German and English. He is a Republican in politics and is an enterprising citizen. Adolph, eldest son of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1845, and educa- ted in the common schools. In 1863 and 1866 he was in the Government employ as watchman and driving team ambulance in Southwest Missouri, a part of the time at Leavenworth, Kas., and North Missouri. In 1861 he, with a number of emigrants, crossed the plains to the Rocky Mountains in seach of the precious metal in Colorado and Nebraska. Aside from that he has devoted his attention to farming and stock raising. He is a Republican in politics and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. Hon. Charles M. Matthews, presiding judge of Gasconade County, was born in Third Creek Township, this county, November 11, 1836, and is the son of Hon. James A. Matthews (deceased), a native of Franklin County, Tenn., who came from that State and settled in Gasconade County, Mo., at a very early day. He, his wife and three children made the trip in a one-horse cart, and after reaching this county the cart was traded for a cabin in which to shelter the family. Indians and wild animals abounded, and the father could often bring down a deer while standing in his cabin door. They paid their taxes in furs, beeswax and tallow, and were obliged to go to St. Louis to trade and market their produce. The nearest postoffice and blacksmith shop was at Union, in Franklin County, thirty miles distant. The father was a very loyal man during the late war, and raised the first Missouri Volunteer Regiment of Home Guards for the defense of the Union. He spent of $7,000 of his own means in defense of the Union, besidees several thousand dollars' worth of food and clothing to the soldiers of that regiment. He also volun- teered in the army, and was made colonel of the regiment he raised. Charles M. received his education in the primitive log schoolhouse of pioneer days, with split logs for seats, wall desks, wooden hinges for the doors, etc. During the war he enlisted in Company I, Sixth Miss- ouri Cavalry, and was in service three years. He participated in the battles of Wilson's Creek, Surcy Landing on Red River, Cotton Plant, Siege of Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Bank's defeat at Sabine Cross Roads, Mobile and others. He enlisted as private and was discharged with the commission of second lieutenant of the regular army. He contracted a disease while in the service, which still remains with him and totally disables him from manual labor. He was married, February 21, 1858, to Miss Jane Fitzgerald, daughter of Edward Fitzgerald (deceased), and became the mother of three children, only one now living, Lucretia J., who married George Nicks, of Maries County, Mo., and bore him four children: Georgianna, Araminta, Charles and John. Mr. Matthews' third child by his first wife, Henry A., was murdered, December 23, 1887, by Pink Harrison and William A. Joll, who were in a quarrel, and Henry tried to make peace. Mrs. Matthews died April 16, 1860, and in March, 1867, Mr. Matthews married Miss Helen Hinton, daughter of David Hinton (deceased). To this union were born two children, one now living: Mary E., who married William Nicks, of Canaan Township, and has one child, Emaline. Mr. Matthews owns 271 acres of land, and is success- fully engaged in farming and stock raising. He was elected county judge of the southern district in 1880, and presiding judge in 1882, which position he still holds, having been re-elected in 1886. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for over thirty years, and belongs to the G. A. R. S. W. Maushund, general merchant at Hermann, was born near Cassal, Germany, February 10, 1836, and is the son of Conrad Maushund, of Ger- man nativity. The father immigrated to America some time after the marriage of his second wife, Catherine Bishop, who now resides in Lex- ington, Mo., under the name of Henry Hagen. Conrad Maushund died in July, 1849. The subject of this sketch grew up in Hermann, supplement- ing his primary education with a course in private schools at Hermann and St. Louis. In 1853 he carried on, for about six months, the cigar business in that city, which he had learned partly at his old home and finished in St. Louis, but later discontinued it, and after a change of residence became engaged in steamboating, and then worked for two years for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company with the civil eng- ineers as rodman on the road; then he spent three years in the employ of George C. Mueller, in clerking at Hermann, and resumed railroad work after a period passed in steamboating, learning to be a pilot on the Upper Mississippi River, and from brakeman rose to the position of yardmaster of the Missouri Pacific Railroad at St. Louis. In April, 1860, Miss Maria C. Rasche, of Hermann, but originally from Philadel- phia, Penn., became his wife. In 1861 Mr. Maushund entered the Home Guards and served three months. He finally became engaged in the dry goods business, in connection with the cigar trade, but after five years closed out the dry goods interest and went to manufacturing cigars again, and in November, 1883, turned over the cigar business to his sons. Since then he has carried on general merchandising. They have a family of seven daughters and three sons. Thomas J. McMillan, LL. B., attorney at law, notary public, farmer, etc., of Brush Creek Township, was born in that township in 1861, and is the younger of two children born to Daniel and Eliza J. (Burchard) McMillan. The father was born in Patrick County, Va., in 1821, and when eleven years of age he, with his brother Edward, a boy of eight- een, came from Virginia to Mount Sterling, then the county seat of Gasconade County, where they had an elder brother, Thomas, living. They made part of the journey on foot (walking to the falls of the Kanawha River), and the remainder by boat. Daniel worked on the farm during the summer, attended the common school in winter, and became a fair scholar. He was married in 1849 in Gasconade County, and sett- led one mile west of Bem, where he improved a good farm and passed the remainder of his life. He died in 1876, and was well known throughout the county as an honest, enterprising citizen. He was postmaster at Bem for some time. He was a Democrat, an active poli- tician, but not an aspirant for office. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from youth. His father, William McMillan was born in Patrick County, Va., and was under Gen. Harrison in the Indian War. His father, Thomas McMillan, was born in Scotland and came to America prior to the Revolutionary War, and was killed at the battle of Trenton. The mother of Thomas J. was born in Brush Creek Township, in 1828, and is living there at the present. She has been teaching in the public schools of the county for thirty-five years and has been but twice out of the State. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South since youth. Her parents, Judge Samuel and Barbara Burchard, were natives of Maryland and South Caro- lina, respectively. Mr. Burchard came with his parents to St. Louis County, but afterward moved to Gasconade County, where he married and settled in Third Creek Township, but afterward in Brush Creek Town- ship, where he died in 1868. He was sheriff of Gasconade County, also assessor and county judge. Mrs. Burchard died in 1859. Thomas J. McMillan remained in the common schools until 1877, when he enter- ed and spent two years at the Missouri School of Mines, at Rolla. He then taught until 1883, at which time he entered the law department of the State University, at Columbia, and graduated in 1885 fourth in the class of twenty-three; was admitted to practice the same year by Judge A. J. Seay. He has been successfully engaged in the practice of his profession since and has a bright prospect opening before him. He teaches school during the winter months, and has charge of a farm in the summer. He has been notary public since 1887. May 18th, of the same year, he married Miss Charlotta Wacker, who was born near Drake, and who is the daughter of August and Charlotta Wacker, natives of Westphalia, Germany. Mrs. McMillan was educated at Her- mann and was also a teacher of considerable prominence. Mr. McMillan has 200 acres of land in the old farm, and 120 in the farm on which he is living. He is a Democrat politically, and has been a delegate to the State conventions of his party since sixteen years of age, was a delegate to the State convention at St. Louis in 1886, and is an active worker for the party. He is secretary of the Gasconade Teach- ers' Association, and one of its best educators. Charles W. Mellies, dealer in general merchandise, and postmaster at Woollam, Mo.;, was born in Lippe-Detmold, in 1849, the son of Herman and Charlotte (Kilker) Mellies,who came from Germany to Gasconade County, Mo., in 1851, and located near Bay Postoffice. Here the father owned a good farm, and died in 1885. The mother died in Dec- ember, 1886. She was the mother of seven children, two by her first husband, Louis Mellies. All of the children lived in Gasconade County until a few years ago, when four moved to Kansas. Charles W. Mellies received a fair education in both English and German, in the old sub- scription schools, and in 1876 engaged in the mercantile business at Woollam, with William Berger, the firm being known as Berger & Mellies. They still continue, with good success. Mr. Mellies was assistant postmaster till 1883, and since then has been postmaster. In June, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie, daughter of his part- ner, William Berger. The latter came from Germany to Franklin County, Mo., when a young man, and Mrs. Berger from the same, when a child, with her parents, and located at Berger Station. They now reside near Drake. Mr. Berger has held the offices of justice of the peace, sher- iff and collector, presiding judge of the county court, and also as probate judge. Of fifteen children born to his marriage, only six are living. He is a Democrat, and a first class business man. Henry L. Mellies, who is another successful farmer of Brush Creek Town- ship, was born in Gasconade County, Mo., in 1855, and is the eldest of a family of ten children born to Ernst and Wilhelmina (Aufderheid) Mellies, natives of Germany, but who came to the United States when young, and settled with their parents in Gasconade County, where they are now living. The father, Ernst Mellies, was born in Prussia, in 1831, and attended the common schools in Germany until fourteen years of age. In 1854, he married, and in 1857 settled near Woollam, where he has a good farm. He was in the Home Guards and Company F, of the Missouri Militia, during the war, and was sergeant most of the time. During Price's raid he was captured and held a prisoner a short time. Soon after the war he took up the study of medicine, and has since had quite a successful practice, in connection with farming. Politically, he is a Republican, and a non-partisan in county affairs. His wife was born in Hanover, Germany, and came with her father, Fred Aufderheid, to Gasconade County. Henry L. Mellies received his education in English and German languages. He remained on the farm until nineteen years of age, at which date he began clerking in a store at Woollam, and there remained two years. He then remained one year with Mr. Link, at Bem. In 1879 he married Miss Emma Brinkmann, a native of Third Creek Town- ship, and the daughter of F. W. and Wilhelmina Brinkmann. The fruits of this union were three children: Amanda, Hannah and an infant. Mr. Mellies lived in Brush Creek Township one month, and then removed to Bem, on his farm of 325 acres. He is an industrious farmer, and takes a great interest in the improvement of his stock. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., also a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Repub- lican in politics, voting for R. B. Hayes in 1876. Christian H. Meyer, a successful farmer of Roark Township, and the son of Henry and Christine (Grannemann) Meyer, was born in Gasconade Co., Mo., in the year 1842. He grew to manhood on the farm, securing a fair education in the common schools of the county, in both the English and German languages. In 1861 he enlisted in the Home Guards and served three months. He then joined a reserve corps and later the Fourth Miss- ouri Volunteers, serving altogether eighteen months. After returning home he worked on the railroad for some time, and then engaged in agri- cultural pursuits, at which he has been quite successful. In 1868 he led to the hymeneal alter Miss Wilhelmina Vedewald, a native of Frank- lin County, Mo., born in 1847, and the result of this union was the birth of five children, three sons and two daughters. Soon after marr- iage they settled upon the farm he now owns, which consists of 182 acres. For forty-six years he has been a resident of Gasconade County, and is accounted a good farmer and an honest, upright citizen. He is a Republican in politics. Henry August Meyer, clerk of the circuit court and ex-officio recorder of Gasconade County, is a leading citizen of Hermann, Mo., near which place he was born July 5, 1850. He is the youngest of the surviving children born to Ernst Henry and Christine (Grannemann) Meyer, who were married in 1835. Ernst Henry Meyer, a native of Holtzhausen, Prussia, was born March 3, 1809; he immigrated to America in 1836, without his family, and located in Richmond, Va., where he remained about two years working at his trade, that of a blacksmith. He then returned to his native country with the intention of remaining, but becoming dissatis- fied he again set sail for America with his family, reaching Hermann, Gasconade Co., Mo., July 21, 1838, where he located for a while. Sub- sequently he became the owner of some 260 acres of land in Sections 6 and 7, Township 45, Range 4 West, 133 acres of which he entered from the Government, upon which land he resided up to the time of his death. On December 7, 1840 he declared his intention of becoming a citizen of the United States, and subsequently, April 8, 1845, he was admitted to full citizenship, under the name of Ernst Meyer, in the Gasconade Cir- cuit Court. On April 29, 1870, he again sailed from New York to his native land in search of health, returning the 23rd day of July follow- ing. After the death of his first wife, he was married on August 30, 1871, to Catherine Brock, a native of Germany, with whom he lived but a short time before his death, which occurred September 9, 1871; he was buried in the family graveyard on the homestead above mentioned, about three miles from Hermann. He was a citizen well known and respected by all in the community, and was a strong Republican in politics. Mrs. Christine Meyer was born at Nordhemmen, Prussia, March 15, 1811 and died in Gasconade County, February 7, 1863, and was buried on the home- stead. Of the children born to the parents six survive, as follows: Henry August Meyer, of Hermann; Henry Meyer, of St. Louis; Louis Meyer, of Hermann; Christian Meyer, of Gasconade County; Edward Meyer, of Effingham County, Ill., and Louisa Meyer (now Mrs. Krug), of St. Louis. Those deceased are Caroline, William and Annie. Henry August Meyer, subject of this sketch, was reared on the homestead near Hermann, where he attended the public schools, he subsequently completed a normal course at the Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Mo., graduating in 1874. He then returned to Hermann and took charge of Frene Creek School, near that place, where he taught five years. At the August term of the county court, in 1877, he was appointed school commissioner of Gasconade County, which position he filled until the November term, 1878, when he tendered his resignation. In November, 1878, he was elected on the People's ticket as clerk of the circuit court, by a majority of 154 votes, was re-elected on the same ticket in 1882, by a majority of 130 votes, and again elected in 1886 on the regular Repub- lican ticket, by a majority of 387. From April, 1881 to April, 1887, he served as a member of the German school board of Hermann, during which time he was treasurer of the same. On August 11, 1875 Mr. Meyer married Henrietta Vedewald, who was born in Franklin County, Mo., on December 1, 1854 and is a daughter of Frederick and Mary (Meyer) Vede- wald, who came to America in 1843 and located on a farm in Franklin County, Mo., where the father died September 4, 1869; he is buried in the old graveyard of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Franklin County, of which church he was a member. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are the parents of six children, born as follows: M. Lydia, born May 20, 1876; Benjamin F. born June 6, 1878; Martha C., August 23, 1880; Luella J., December 31, 1882; Cora F. E., August 30, 1885 and Olinda W. C., May 15, 1887. The parents are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Meyer is also a member of Hermann Lodge, No. 32, A. O. U. W. John Henry Meyer, farmer, of Gasconade County, Mo., was born in the county where he now resides, April 22, 1844, and is the eldest child born to John Henry and Margaret Catherine (Peaper) Meyer. The father was a native of Hanover, Germany, born about May 9, 1810. The mother was born in Westercappenn, Prussia, and is now about seventy-four years of age. Mr. Meyer served in the regular army of his native country about six years and then came to the United States, and for two or three years worked as a laborer in St. Louis, Mo. He then sent for his father's family and with them came to Gasconade County, settling in Boulware Township. Here the mother died a few years after. The father married again and died in this county in 1875. John Henry Meyer was educated in both English and German. At the breaking out of the late war he joined Company A, Third Missouri State Militia, and was in var- ious skirmishes during that time. December 23, 1869, he was united in marriage to Sophia, a daughter of Henry and Henrietta Bierwirth, both native Germans, and immigrants to the United States in 1851. The father died in 1878 and the mother in 1851. Mr. Meyer and his wife became the parents of nine children, seven of whom are living: William H., Catherine, Fred William, Mary, Louisa, Henry and John Logan. The first two years after his marriage Mr. Meyer lived with his father-in- law, while he cleared some land on his present farm and built his house. He is now the owner of 298 acres of land, of which seventy-five acres are improved, principally by his own efforts. He held the office of regisrar of the county court from 1872 until 1878, and in 1880 was appointed to fill a vacancy as justice of the peace, and in 1882 was elected to the same for four years. In 1884 he was elected public administrator for Gasconade County, and has since held the office with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of all. He is a Republican in politics, and his first presidential vote was cast for Grant. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., which he represented in the Grand Lodge in St. Louis in February, 1888. He and wife are members of the Evangeli- cal Church. Louis Meyer, dealer in agricultural implements and proprietor of a portable sawmill at Hermann, was born in that city, January 1, 1840, and is a son of Ernst Henry Meyer (deceased), a native of Prussia and a pioneer settler of Hermann. (For further particulars of parents see sketch of Aug. Meyer, just preceding this.) Louis remained on the farm near Hermann until fifteen years of age, when he began learning the wagon maker's trade, which, after completing, he removed to St. Louis and followed for about two years and a half. He then returned to Hermann, and built a shop on his father's farm. A year later he enlisted in Company B, Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and was in service twenty-one months, being on guard duty all the time. After returning from the war he established a wagon maker's shop in Hermann (1864), and there remained until 1873, when he added a blacksmith shop, and operated the same until 1878, when he rented the blacksmith shop. He also rented the wagon maker's shop in 1883, and now deals in agricultural implements and owns and operates a saw mill, called the Eagle Sawmill, which was manufactured at Indianapolis. It is driven by a traction engine, and the same engine can be used for threshing. Dec- ember, 1864, he married Mary Velewald, daughter of Frederick Velewald (deceased), an early settler of Franklin County. Six children, five of whom are now living, were born to Mr. Meyer's marriage: Louis, Louise, Hattie, Emily and Edward. Mr. Meyer was a member of the town council, was treasurer of the County Agricultural Society, and was a member of the school board, of which he was president for three years. He is treasurer of Hermann Aid Society, is a member of the G. A. R., of which he is senior vice-commander and he is also a member of the German Methodist Episcopal Church. Capt. William Meyer was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1836, being the elder of two children born to John H. R. and Lisette (Stenter) Meyer, also natives of Hanover. The father was born in 1808, and in 1839 came to the United States, and for five years was a resident of Cin- cinnati, Ohio. Up to the time of his death, in 1883, with the excep- tion of two years' residence in St. Louis, he resided in Gasconade County. His wife died in Cincinnati. Their daughter, Caroline, is the wife of Frank Stoenner, of Osage County, Mo. Capt. William Meyer received a fair education in both English and German, and at the breaking out of the war was made captain of Company E, Thirty-Fourth Missouri Militia, and in September, 1861, was commissioned captain of Company A, Third Regiment, Sixth Division of Missouri Militia, which he commanded for six months at Douglas Prairie and Pacific. He ret- urned home in 1865, and married Mary, daughter of Emil Hensley, form- erly of Tennessee. Mrs. Meyer was born in Franklin County, of the latter State, and died in 1872, leaving four children: George R., Mary C., Mary L and William (deceased). In 1873 Capt. Meyer married Palemley P., daughter of Leroy Dennis, also formerly of Tennessee, where Mrs. Meyer was born. They have four children: Edward A., Lisette C., Letta C. and William W. Capt. Meyer and his wife reside on the old home farm of 190 acres. During the war he and three Rob- inson brothers built a saw and grist mill on Second Creek, which they operated for about ten years. He has served as constable and justice of the peace, and from 1884 to 1886 was county judge from the North District. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presiden- tial vote for Lincoln. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. William Miller, farmer and stock raiser of Gasconade County, Mo., was born in Prussia, in 1834, and is the fifth of six children born to Peter Henry and Mary (Erka) Miller. They came to the United States in 1838, and after spending one year in Franklin County came to Gasconade County, and were the first German settlers of Second Creek, and almost the first in the county. The country was very wild at that time, and the woods were full of wild animals of various kins, bears, panthers, wild cats, and deer being among the various species. The father was a well-to-do farmer, and died at the age of fifty-three. The mother died three years later at the same age. Of their family, two sons and one daughter are living. The daughter, Mrs. Minnie Stupplemann is residing in Osage County. The two sons are among the first farmers of Gasconade County. William Miller attended the common schools, which were then very inferior, three months during the year, and after becoming grown attended school in St. Louis for some time. At the age of fourteen he went to St. Louis, and for four years drove a flour wagon in that city. He then became cabin boy on a Mississippi steamer, and for three years worked on the Lower Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois Rivers. After his return to Gasconade County he worked for various farmers, and after a time purchased part of his present farm. March 1, 1855 he married Sarah Adkins, who was born in Hermann, and died in 1872, leaving five children: Mary J. (wife of Charles Hoffmann), Henry, Rebecca (deceased), Martha (deceased) and Louisa. In 1872, Mr. Miller married Minnie Hoff- mann, who was born in Lippe-Detmold, and died in 1876, leaving one child, Sarah. The same year Mr. Miller married Mary Hilkemann, a native of Gasconade County. She died leaving three children: Sophia, William and Minnie. Mr. Miller is the owner of over 600 acres of fine land, 200 acres of which are in a good state of cultivation. In 1867 he erected a large stone house, and all his property has been the result of his own industry. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Fremont. He deals quite extensively in stock, shipping principally to St. Louis. Vincent Mueller, blacksmith of Morrison, was born in 1848, and is a native of Baden, Germany. His parents, Matthew and Anna M. (Roesch) Mueller, were natives of Baden, where they spent their lives on a farm. Of their family of ten children only two ever came to this country. While growing up Vincent learned the blacksmith's trade, at which he has worked all his life. At the age of twenty-one he sailed for Amer- ica, and after spending a short time in New York found his way to Gas- conade County, Mo., where he again resumed his trade in the southern part of the county, until 1882, at which date he moved to Morrison, and where he has since had a good business. In 1870 he was united in marr- iage to Miss Pauline Gronert, a native of Prussia, Germany, who bore him eight children, three sons and five daughters. All the family are members of the Catholic Church, and are respected and esteemed citizens. Their eldest son, Henry, is learning the trade of his father. Mr. Mueller is a Democrat, politically, is a member of the C. K. & A., being president of the lodge at Morrison. Robert C. Mumbrauer, photographer of Hermann, is the son of Charles Mumbrauer, a native of Hanover, Germany, who immigrated with his family to the United States in 1854. After remaining in New Orleans until the spring of 1855 they removed to Hermann, Mo., where they have since re- sided. Robert C. was born in Schelda, Germany, September 7, 1851, and was reared and educated in Hermann. He learned his profession in Her- mann and St. Louis, working with Fred Scattley, of the latter city, for about a year. In 1870 he engaged in business for himself, traveling in tent and portable house until 1876, when he returned to Hermann and established a gallery in that place, which he continued for eighteen months. He then traveled until the fall of 1879, on portrait work, after which he returned and has carried on the business in Hermann. September 11, 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Cary, a native of Whelling, W. Va., who came to Osage County, Mo., when quite small. She is the daughter of James Cary (deceased). The following six children were born to Mr. Mumbrauer's marriage: Albert E., Maggie, Charles, Walter, Emma and Rosa. Mr. Mumbrauer was deputy sheriff for six years under Theo. Bergner, and was nominated for sheriff on the Democratic ticket in 1884. He was city marshal one year, and was five years in the employ of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in the detective service. This was during the time and after he was deputy sheriff. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the A. O. U. W. A. B. P. Mundwiller, farmer and magistrate of Roark Township, is the son of Ralthasar and Magdalena (Fritz) Mundwiller, natives of Alsace, Germany (France), who, when children, came with their parents to Amer- ica in 1832, the latter being among the first settlers of Gasconade County. On reaching years of discretion the father and mother of the subject of this sketch went to St. Louis, in 1847, were married and then returned to Gasconade County, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father was a wide awake man, and one who took an active interest in schools, roads and other improvements. He for some time, served as magistrate. During the late war he was one of the first to take up arms in answer to his country's call, and was first lieutenant in the Home Guards. Afterward he raised Company E, of the Fourth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, United States army, and was elec- ted captain, which commission he held until mustered out of service. Both he and family were members of the Catholic Church. He died at the age of fifty-two, lamented by all. Of the twelve children born to their marriage, nine are still living. The eldest of this family is our subject, who was born in Roark Township in 1851, and educated in the common schools and High School at Hermann. He remained at home until twenty-four years of age, and then engaged in teaching, which profession he followed in winter, and engaged in farming during the summer. In 1875 he married Augusta Keuper, a native also of Roark Township, and the fruits of this union were the birth of five children. In 1882 Mr. Mundwiller was chosen magistrate of his township. He is a Republican in politics, and both he and wife are members of the Catho- lic church. He has 120 acres, and is accounted a man of intelligence and thrift. Gustavus J. Mundwiller, son of Balthasar and Magdalena (Fritz) Mund- willer, was born in Gasconade County, Mo., March 8, 1857, and received his education in the common schools, High School at Hermann, and fin- ished at the Rolla School of Mines in 1876. He then, for five terms, taught in the schools of this county, and at the same time carried on farming. In 1881 he married Miss Barbara Schuster, a native of Gas- conade County, born in 1859. Four children were born to this union, two sons and two daughters. In political principles Mr. Mundwiller is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Catholic Church. Having moved on his farm in 1880, he has since followed agricultural pursuits and has 108 acres of good land. He is turning his attention to the raising of fine draft horses, and is succeeding quite well. He has lived in this county all his life, and is accounted a successful farm- er and a highly respected citizen. Dr. Edmund Nasse, like others mentioned in the present volume, is also a native born resident of Hermann, his birth having occurred February 11, 1858. He was educated in the common or public schools of that place, supplementing the course there received by attendance at a high school at Warrenton, Mo., where he became still better fitted to pre- pare for the professional life which he had determined to enter. When but seventeen years of age he began reading medicine under the guidance of his father, Dr. August Nasse, and subsequently, in 1878, attended the St. Louis Medical College, from which he graduated in 1881, well fitted to commence at once the active practice of his profession. Re- turning to Hermann he practiced a few months, and next spent a year in the West, finally coming back to this place, where his time has since been devoted to the duties of his adopted calling. As a practitioner he has been successful, as his numerous acquaintances can well testify. In 1882 he also assumed charge of the drug store previously established by his father, and still conducts the same. In September, 1886, Dr. Nasse was married to Marie Thomann, of Chicago, who has borne him one child. The Doctor's parents, August and Matilda (Wuerdemann) Nasse, were both natives of Germany. The father was born in Bielefeld, West- phalia, April 26, 1814 and in 1837 immigrated to America, residing for a short time at Cleveland, Ohio, and later going to Cincinnati, where he completed his medical studies in the Ohio Medical College. Follow- ing this he practiced several years at Augusta, Mo., next located at Ellsworth, Texas Co., Mo., and in 1847 came to Hermann, where he resided and followed his profession until his death, in 1884. He was well and favorably known and generally esteemed, enjoying universal respect. Mrs. Nasse was born in Bremen, in 1816 and died at Hermann, in 1882; she came to America when quite young. Charles F. Neuenhahn, wagon and carriage maker at Hermann, was born in that town January 8, 1858, and is the son of August Neuenhahn (deceas- ed). The father was of German-Saxony descent. He was an early and prominent citizen of Germany, and was for many years constable and county commissioner. Charles F. was reared and educated in Hermann, where he has carried on business for the past two years. He worked as a journeyman for about twelve years, in various parts of the United States, and was successful with that as well as successful with any enterprise he undertook. He traded among the Indians of the west and southwest some time. May 29, 1884 he took for his companion through life Miss Theresa Poeschel, the daughter of William Poeschel, who is now a resident of Roark Township. The result of Mr. Neuenhahn's marr- iage was the birth of two children: Charles and Alma. Mr. Neuenhahn is a first class citizen, and is secretary of the Harmonie, a musical society of Hermann. Henry Nolte, farmer of Roark Township, is the son of Henry and Mary (Schaefer) Nolte, both of whom were born in Waldeck, Germany. They were married in that country, and of the six children born to them, four of their births occurred in the old country and two after reach- ing the United States. The father was a farmer by occupation and, after coming to America (1845), they settled in Gasconade County, where both died. The father was born in 1800, and died in 1875, and the mother in 1807, and died in 1869. Both were members of the Meth- odist Episcopal Church, and the father was a Republican in politics. Henry was born in Waldeck, Germany, in 1833, and when twelve years of age came with his parents to Gasconade County, and the principal part of his education was received in the old country. After leaving home he worked among the farmers until 1859, when he married Miss Martha Humburg, a native of Hesse Cassel, Germany, born in 1839, and by her became the father of nine children, five now living, four sons and one daughter. In 1878 his wife died, and the following year he marr- ied Miss Louisa H. Gentner, daughter of G. Henry Gentner. She was born in this county in 1841. During the war, Mr. Nolte served three months in the Home Guards, and a short time in the Enrolled Militia. He owns 160 acres of land, the same as his father, and in that occu- pation has been quite successful. He is a Republican in politics. Fritz Ochsner, livery man and deputy sheriff of Gasconade County, Mo., is a native of the county, born eight miles south of Hermann, November 27, 1851. His father, Henry Ochsner, who is now deceased, was a native of Switzerland, and came to the United States when a young man settling in Gasconade County, Mo., where he afterward made his home. Fritz Och- sner received a fair education in the common schools, and farmed until twenty-five years old, when he came to Hermann and engaged in the liv- ery business. He was elected township constable in the fall of 1884, and was made deputy sheriff in the fall of 1885. January 8, 1884, he took for his companion through life Miss Louise Schupert, daughter of Casper Schupert, of this county. They are the parents of two children: Lillie and Amanda. Mr. Ochsner is a worthy young citizen and is doing well financially. He and wife are members of the Catholic Church. Christian F. Oelschlaeger, farmer and wine grower, is the son of Daniel and Christina P. (Oelschlaeger) Oelschlaeger, both of whom were born in Wurtemberg, Germany, though not related. Here they were married, and reared three children. The father was a tailor by trade, and in 1833 they crossed the ocean to America, and located at Philadelphia, Penn. Becoming a member of the German Settlement Society, they came to Her- mann in 1837, and soon after moved to the place where our subject now lives. The father lived to see his eighty-seventh year, and the mother to see her sixty-fifth year. Both were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The father served four years under Napoleon. Christ- ian F. was born in the same place as his parents, in the year 1827, and was the youngest child born to their union. He came to this country when only six years of age, and his education was limited to a few months' attendance at Philadelphia. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in the Mexican War, but was discharged, with others, on account of hav- ing no arms. In 1851 he married Mariah Krattli, a native of Switzerland. She died in 1886. To them were born eight children, four sons and four daughters. Mr. Oelschlaeger is conservative in his political views, voting for the man more than for the party, and he is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as was also his wife. He has for forty years lived on the tract of land he now owns, which consists of 225 acres, and has lived for fifty-one years in the county. When his par- ents reached this country, ten cents was all the money they had. They immediately went to work, and, by laboring almost day and night, succ- eeded in accumulating considerable property. The father was one of the successful and enterprising farmers of Gasconade County, as is also his son, the subject of this sketch. Christian D. Oncken, farmer and stock raiser of Richland Township, was born in Oldenburg, Germany, March 20, 1828, and is the son of Christian D. and Eliza (Knodt) Oncken, who spent their lives in Germany. The father died in 1840, aged fifty-three years, and the mother died about 1877, at the age of eighty-three years. The father was a magistrate, and served in the French War of 1813 and 1815. He was one of the vet- erans at Waterloo, and a commissioned officer. Christian D. received a fair education, and, after reaching manhood, followed the occupation of a farmer for about three years. In 1847 he came to Hermann, and worked in the tanyard and mill of his cousin, Hans Widersprecher, until 1849, when the cousin died. Mr. Oncken then engaged in merchandising for a short time, and in 1850 was married to Miss Elizabeth, a native of Ger- many, born in 1854, the daughter of Jacob Jaeger. She came with her parents from Germany at the age of two. Ten children were the result of Mr. Oncken's marriage, seven of whom are living: Frank, Henry, Julius, George, Adelia (wife of Ernst Lange), Bertha (wife of Charley Stricker), and Ella. Mr. Oncken, immediately after marriage, settled on his present farm, then almost a wilderness, twelve miles west of Hermann, on the Gasconade River, and which consists of 490 acres. He served in Company A, Enrolled Missouri Militia, during the war, and was justice of the peace four years prior to that struggle. He is a Repub- lican in politics and a good citizen. When Stople Postoffice was established, about 1853, Mr. Oncken carried mail from there to Hermann once a week, for two years, at $26 per year, the postoffice then being Gasconade Ferry Postoffice, which he was instrumental in establishing. Francis Oncken is a prominent resident of Hermann, and at present occu- pies the position of judge of the probate court of Gasconade County, to which he was elected in 1876, re-elected in 1880 and 1882, and again in 1886. Born in the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, October 22, 1829, he remained there until immigrating to America in 1851, at which time he came direct to Gasconade County, Mo., where he had relatives living. Here he resumed his previous occupatioin of clerking. Crossing the plains to California in 1853, he spent about three months there, then returned and the same year went back to Germany on a visit, from whence he returned permanently in August, 1854. For some time he carried on merchandising at Oldenburg, but in 1860 retired to his farm, and during the war he served as captain in the Home Guards and militia. After the war he again engaged in business, and in company with his partner pur- chased and operated a steamboat on the Missouri and Gasconade Rivers. In 1876 Mr. Oncken was elected probate judge, and presiding judge of the county court, and removed to Hermann in 1878. His career in this official capacity has been an honorable and creditable one. October 12, 1860, he was married to Amanda Doyon, who was born in Hermann in 1843; she is the daughter of Joseph Doyon, a Canadian. Eight of twelve chil- dren born to this worthy couple still survive. The parents of Judge Oncken, Christian D. and Charlotta (Knodt) Oncken, were natives of Var- el on the Jahde, Germany, born in 1798 and 1800, respectively. The former was an officer in the German army, and took part in the battle of Waterloo. He died in 1842 and his wife in 1878. Louis C. Ott, county school commissioner, is the son of Jacob and Hen- rietta (Hoffman) Ott. The father was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1823, and the mother in Lippe-Detmold, Germany, in 1827. In 1848 he came to America and located in Gasconade County. About a year later she crossed the ocean, and they were married in that county, after which they settled on the place where they still live in Section 28, Township 45, Range 5. He was a gardener in the old country, and after coming here followed agricultural pursuits. He is a Republican in pol- itics, and both belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Louis C. was born on the home place in 1860, was reared a farmer boy and educated in the common schools, but completed his schooling in Central Wesleyan College, where he attended three years. In 1880 he began teaching in the schools of Gasconade County, and has continued this occupation ever since. In 1887 he was elected county school commissioner. In politics he is a Republican in National affairs. In 1886 he married Miss Maggie Roedel, a native of Moniteau County, Mo., born in 1863. To this union was born one daughter, Lizzie M. L. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ott are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Ott is a successful teacher, and an intelligent wide awake commissioner. Albert Pfotenhauer, farmer, is the son of Andrew and Margaret (Phillipp) Pfotenhauer, who were born in Saxony in 1826, and Switzerland in 1830, respectively. The father came to the United States some years before the mother, who came in 1844. They were married in Gasconade County, and here the father followed agricultural pursuits, at which he was very successful. He was in the militia for some time during the war. He died in 1862 and she in 1871. Both were members of the Evangelical Church. In their family were six children, four sons and two daughters, Albert being the second child. He was born on the farm he now owns in 1854; was educated in the district schools. In 1874 he married Miss Matilda Schultz, sister of August Schultz. She was born in Wurtemberg in 1855, and by her marriage became the mother of six children, five now living, two sons and three daughters. Mr. Pfotenhauer has been a farmer all his life, and has a good farm of 120 acres. He is a Repub- lican in politics. Louis Poeschel, another successful farmer of Roark Township, is the son of Melchior and Sophia (Stedzner) Poeschel. The father was born in Saxony in 1813, and the mother in Prussia in 1819. While in the old country the father followed the occupation of a stone mason, and since coming to this country has followed agricultural pursuits and wine growing. They made the trip to America in 1854, and located in Gascon- ade County, where, the same year, the mother died, leaving nine child- ren. The father has married twice since then, and by his second wife had three children. The father is still living, and is a member of the Evangelical Church, of which his first wife was also a member. Louis was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1839, and reared on a farm, and in the spring of 1854 he and his brother came to America about two months be- fore their parents. During the war he served in the Home Guards, the Third Missouri Reserve Corps, and was transferred to the Fourth Miss- ouri Volunteer Infantry. He then served seventeen months on a gunboat on the Mississippi River, in all he served about three years. After the cessation of hostilities he returned to Gasconade County, where he has farmed ever since. In 1864 he married Miss Mary Streker, a native of Gasconade County, and the result of this union was the birth of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Two of the sons are de- ceased. Mr. Poeschel has 160 acres of good land, besides some town property, and has made this county his home for thirty-four years. He is a Republican in his political views, and he and wife are members of the Evangelical Church, to which they contribute liberally. They are highly esteemed in the community, and are recognized as substantial citizens of the county. Melchior Poeschel, retired wine-grower of Hermann, was born near Alten- burg, Germany, November 12, 1813, and is the son of John Poeschel, a native of the same. Melchior came to the United States in 1854, settl- ing in Hermann, where he has since lived, and where he engaged in wine growing until the fall of 1881. His first marriage was to Sophia Fleischer, who bore him nine children, only one now living, Louis, a resident of Roark Township. Mrs. Poeschel died, and her husband took for his second wife Johanna Rosine, and three children were born to this union: Oscar (deceased), Allwin and Ida. The second wife died, and Mr. Poeschel married Wilhelmina Rulle, whose maiden name was Flake. Mr. Poeschel is an old settler of the county, and is an influential citizen. Michael Poeschel, retired merchant and founder of the Stone Hill Wine Company, of Hermann, Mo., was born May 30, 1809, in Altenburg, Saxony, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1839, locating in Her- mann, Mo., where he founded the Stone Hill Wine Company, in 1861, which has gained a world renowned reputation. The firm name was M. Poeschel & Scherer. Wine was first made here from grapes in 1846 in small amounts by himself, Messrs. Riefenstahl, Strecker, Langendoerfer and others. The first quantity shipped to market was in 1848 (a thousand gallons), by Mr. Poeschel. He became wealthy in that business and re- tired from active work in 1883. The entire community has been greatly benefited by this enterprise. March 18, 1855, witnessed the marriage of Michael Poeschel to Catherine Wagner, daughter of George A. Wagner (deceased). To their union have been born six children, four of whom are living: Johanna, Amalia (Mrs. Adam Starck), Hedwig (Mrs. George Kraettly) and Helena. Mr. and Mrs. Poeschel are members of the Luther- an Church, and are well known and worthy citizens of the county. William Poeschel (deceased) was one of the old settlers of Gasconade County, born in 1829, in Saxony, and was the son of John Poeschel. He came to America in 1846, and the same year enlisted in the Mexican War but only served about one month. His company being disbanded he went with a train to carry provisions to the army, and in that capacity served about two and a half years. In 1850 he married Miss Theodora Neidhardt, a native of Baden Germany, born in 1828, and who came to this country in 1849. After marriage they settled upon the farm where his widow still lives, and which consists of ninety-five acres, of which eight acres are in grapes. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and she of the Catholic. He died in 1870. He was a stirring, successful farmer and wine grower, and, although starting with nothing, succeeded in becoming one of the well-to-do farmers of the county. In their family were seven children, two sons and five daughters. One son, William F., was born in this county March 4, 1857 and was educated in Hermann, finishing school at St. Louis. He remain- ed at home with his mother until 1879, when he married Amanda Colling, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Colling, who were early settlers of Gasconade County. She was born in that county December 25, 1859, and by her marriage became the mother of two children, one son and one daughter. After marriage they settled upon the farm on which they are now living, 186 acres, and in this county William F. has lived all his life, and is accounted a stirring young farmer and a good citizen. He is a Republican in politics. Charles F. Pope, teacher, justice of the peace of Third Creek Township, and notary public, was born at Muenster, Westphalia, in 1839. The dom- icile of his parents was Detmold, the capital of the principality of Lippe-Detmold. Lost both parents while yet very young. Was adopted by his guardian and his wife, who were childless. Received a good educa- tion at the college in said city; came to the United States late in 1854, and settled in Third Creek Township, early in 1855. Was married in 1859 to Miss Charlotte A. Waterman, who died in 1878, leaving him eight children. Served during the war in Company F, Third Regiment Missouri State Volunteers. Followed agricultural pursuits chiefly till 1870, when he took up teaching as a profession. Has, by the experience gained by constant application and love of the work, become one of the most successful educators of the county. Served his fellow citizens since 1874, uninterruptedly, as justice of the peace, and, since 1876, as notary public, runs an independent collecting agency and practices in the inferior courts. A public spirited and industrious man, he is a liberal supporter of all laudable public enterprises. His political creed is Republican, and he cast his first presidential vote for Abra- ham Lincoln. He is a Presbyterian, and a liberal supporter of the Church. Adolph J. Prudot, dealer in provisions, fancy groceries, etc., at Her- mann, was born in St. Louis, Mo., January 28, 1844, the son of Albert and Josephine (Billet) Prudot, natives of Lorraine, France (now a Ger- man province), who came to the United States in 1835, locating in New Orleans, La. In 1840 they removed to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Her- mann and after a residence of about fourteen years, to Carondelet. Sebastopol, Ill, became their home after a short time, and there the father (who was born in 1800) died October 4, 1874. His widow subseq- ently died at the home of a sister, in Greenville, Ill., June 16, 1884, at the age of seventy-four. Mr. Prudot was a mechanic by trade, but afterward followed farming. Adolph J. was the seventh of nine children in the family, five of whom are now living: Eugenia Price, who married Nicholas J. Price, of St. Louis; A. P., living in Carondelet, Mo.; Josephine, wife of P. Martin, of Greenville, Ill., and August. The subject of this sketch received the rudiments of an education at the public schools of St. Louis, and when fourteen years of age learned the occupation of hair dressing and wig-making, at which he worked three years. For two years thereafter he was employed as salesman in a gro- cery house of the same city, later, was with a confectionery firm, and after two years more went to New Athens, Ill, and was occupied in general business two years. Returning to Hermann he subsequently opened a saloon, and finally conducted a hotel for some time, but in 1871, his present successful business commenced to receive his atten- tion. The trade which he now controls is both extensive and lucrative. June 16, 1870 Mr. Prudot was married to Sarah A. Steiger, daughter of Dr. Steiger, of Hermann. Their only child, Constance, died when quite young. Mrs. Prudot is a step-daughter of Dr. John Feldman, of Hermann. Adam Puchta. Among the German settlers who came to Gasconade County were John Henry and Mary (Schulteisz) Puchta, natives of Ober Kotzau, Bavaria, Germany, born in 1802 and May 13, 1810, respectively. The father had previously been married, and by this union three children were born, only two living: Frederick and John Adam. The mother of these children died in 1832, and June 22, 1833, the father married Miss Schulteisz, who bore him eight children, seven now living: Catherine, Margaret, Anna, Charles, Mathilde, Emil and Pauline. The first three were born in Germany, and the rest in America. The father, while in his native country, was a farmer and butcher by occupation. In 1839 they sailed for America and made their home in Gasconade County, where both spent the remainder of their days. He lived to be fifty-five and she seventy seven years of age. Both belonged to the Evangelical Church. The second child born to the first marriage, John Adam, was born in Ober Kotzau, Germany, November 27, 1831 and came with his par- ents to Hermann, Mo., in 1839. April 15, 1853, he drove an ox team to California, and was there nearly three years, mining gold. After re- turning he married Miss Clementina Riefenstahl, daughter of George Riefenstahl, one of the early settlers of Hermann. By this marriage he became the father of one child, a daughter, deceased. In 1858 his first wife died, and in the following year he married Miss Bertha Riefenstahl, who was born in 1838, and who was a sister to his first wife, and the first girl baby born in Hermann, Mo. she bore him two children, one son and one daughter: Clementine (deceased), and Henry John, who was born April 4, 1861. Mr. and Mrs. Puchta are members of the Evangelical Church, as was also his first wife. He settled in the woods, cleared a fine tract of land of 100 acres, and has been success- fully engaged in farming and wine growing. He has held the offices of school director, roadmaster, etc., and is a Democrat in his political belief. His brother, Frederick, also came to Hermann, Mo., in 1839.
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