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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Frederick Schwettmann, merchant of Lincoln, Mo., was born in the City of St. Louis, July 25, 1858, being a son of William Schwettmann, who was born and reared in Prussia, Germany, and who came to the United States when a young man, marrying in Charleston, S. C., Miss Minnie Meyer, who was also born in Germany. They became residents of Benton County, Mo., in 1866, and here purchased land and made the farm on which they are now residing, near Lincoln. Frederick Schwettmann, our subject, grew to manhood on a farm in Benton County, and received a good education in the common schools and the State University at Columbia. After finishing his education, he engaged in farming and stock-dealing for about four years, and then purchased an interest in the mercantile business of Stege & Schwettmann, continuing thus connected until about two and a half years later, or until January 1, 1888, when our subject and his father purchased the entire stock of goods and became sole proprietors. Their establishment is, in all probability, the largest of the kind in the county, their annual sales amounting to about $30,000. They also deal in all kinds of farming implements. Mr. Schwettmann is a member of the I. O. O. F., and has been Noble Grand of his lodge.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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