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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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Gerd Muller, farmer and stock-raiser, also dealer and shipper, is a native of Missouri, born in Benton County, on the farm where he now resides, October 10, 1861. He is the son of Gerd and Sophia Muller, whose sketch appears in that of Henry Muller. Gerd Muller, our subject, grew to manhood on the farm, and received a good practical education in the common schools and at Cole Camp school. He remained with his parents until the death of his father, which occurred in 1887, and since then he has taken charge of the farm. He also commenced feeding and dealing in stock about the same time, and handles on an average from five and upward cars of cattle and from forty to fifty cars of hogs annually. Mr. Muller has 317 acres of land in the old home place, which is situated two and a half miles south of Cole Camp. Nearly all is fenced and about 265 cleared. He has a neat residence and a large barn, the largest in the county (84x42 feet); also has a tract of eighty acres adjoining Cole Camp. Mr. Muller was married in Benton County, August 30, 1883, to Miss Katie Boescher, daughter of Herman Boescher, whose sketch appears elsewhere in these pages. Mrs. Muller was born in St. Louis, reared and educated in Benton County, and supplemented a common-school education by several terms at Sedalia College. Mr. and Mrs. Muller are the parents of two children— Clara, born August 30, 1884, and Eddie W., born August 30, 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Muller are members of the Lutheran Church at Cole Camp. They are highly respected by one and all, and are most popularly known. They have many friends and relatives.

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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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