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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Rudolph E. Kessler, stock dealer of Hermann, was born in Roark Township, Gasconade Co., Mo., March 5, 1852. His father, Sylvester Kessler, of Warren County, Mo., was born in Baden, Germany, and immigrated to Gasconade County, Mo., in 1847, settling in Roark Township, when it was but a wilderness, and when Hermann was but a small village. Rudolph was reared at home and received a fair education in the common schools and at Hermann. In 1865 his parents moved just across the county line into Warren County, and here, in 1874, he engaged in the nursery and fire insurance business. He has continued the nursery business more or less ever since, and still acts some as traveling salesman. He was married, October 12, 1887, to Bertha Durer, a prominent teacher of Illinois, who also taught in Hermann for four years. She was born in Highland, Ill., and is a daughter of Bernhard Durer (deceased). Mr. Kessler owns 148 acres of land in Bridgeport Township, Warren Co., Mo., which is farmed by tenants. He has never aspired to official positions, and is a man much esteemed by all. He is a member of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 146 biographies included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Gasconade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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