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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 Schroeder, a successful merchant of Cole Camp, Benton County, Mo., was born in the county November 9, 1856. Cord Schroeder, his father, was born in Germany, and when a lad of nine years was brought by his parents to the United States (in 1839), and made a location in Benton County, being among the first settlers of Williams Township. After reaching manhood, Mr. Schroeder was married to Miss Margarita Ohlrogge, who was also born in Germany, but was reared and educated in Benton County. Mr. Schroeder and family reside on the old Ohlrogge homestead. During the late war he served in the State Militia. Louis Schroeder, our subject, received a good education in the schools of Sedalia, and afterward began clerking in a store in that town, remaining six years, and becoming thoroughly familiar with the details of retail mercantile business. At the age of twenty he entered a wholesale store, and then became a commercial traveler for a Sedalia house, afterward being connected with a Cincinnati house in the same capacity. He then traveled for a St. Louis house for about two years, but left the road in the latter part of 1884, and formed a partnership in the general mercantile business, and opened a large retail store in Cole Camp. The firm dissolved partnership in March, 1888, since which time Mr. Schroeder has been in business alone, and has been very successful, his trade extending over a large area. He was married in Benton County, September 25, 1887, to Miss Meta Schnakenberg, who was born and reared in Benton County. They are members of the Lutheran Church, and are the parents of one child, Augusta.

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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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