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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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Louis Grother, druggist, of Cole Camp, Mo., is a native of Benton County, Mo., born April 19, 1845, and is the son of Henry and Margaret (Tobaben) Grother, who were native Germans. In 1843 they immigrated to America, and settled on a farm near Cole Camp, where the mother died in 1871. Later the father moved to Fayetteville, Ark., and there died at his son’s residence. Louis Grother received a good education in the common schools of Benton County, which he supplemented by an attendance in the schools of Jefferson City. At the age of eighteen he began clerking in a drug house in St. Louis, and afterward clerked in Jefferson City. In 1872 he went to Colorado, and began selling drugs in Canon City, but after one summer’s work there sold out. He afterward followed merchandising in various places in Missouri, and also spent two years in Quincy, Ill. In 1877 he settled at Cole Camp, and formed a partnership in the drug business, which he has continued up to the present time. He keeps a fine line of drugs and medicines, and has a commodious and substantial store building. In January, 1870, he was married to Anna Mahnken, a sister of Henry Mahnken, whose sketch appears in this work, and by her is the father of four children: Emelia, Sena, Caroline and Samuel L. Mr. and Mrs. Grother are members of the Lutheran Church. He has two brothers living—Henry, who was born in Germany, and now resides in Fayetteville, Ark., and John, a native of London, and now a resident of Iowa.

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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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