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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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John A. Schlicht, miller, of Pulaski County, Mo., is a son of Paul and Anna M. (Lortz) Schlicht, who were born in Hafstetten, Bezirk, Regensburg, Upper Bavaria, and Wohunfurch, in Middle Bavaria, in 1821 and 1818, respectively. The father always followed the occupation of milling, and in his youth received a good education in the schools of Munich, being the master of four languages on leaving school. He served in the War of 1848, and on that account was exiled and went to Switzerland, where he remained two years. He then resumed milling in his native town, and in 1870 immigrated to America, where he died in 1884. He was the father of two children: John A. and Frank, the latter being a miller of Wright County, Mo. The male members of the family for seven generations back have been millers. John A. Schlicht resided in the old country until twenty years of age, and there received an excellent education, being a fine scholar in English and French. He also studied mechanical engineering, and at the age of fourteen entered a machine shop, where he worked two years. The two following years he spent on the ocean, as cadet on a Government vessel, and then returned home and engaged in milling, continuing this occupation until coming to the United States in 1866. He landed at Castle Garden, New York City, without a pair of shoes, but soon after found employment at Danbury, Conn., working at the milling business for G. Grofuth & Son. He next went to Rochester, N. Y., thence to Lebanon, Mo., where he was manager of J. F. Smith’s Mills for six years. In 1876 he purchased the Gasconade Mill, which was then a small water mill, and since then has added the full roller process, the capacity of which is sixty barrels per day, and has both steam and water power. In 1868 he was married to Miss Margaretta, a daughter of Peter Hohman, who is residing in the old country. Mrs. Schlicht immigrated to the United States in 1865, and settled at Rochester, N. Y., where she married Mr. Schlicht. She has two children: Charles and Theressa. Besides his mill, which has a permanent water supply from a large spring nearby, Mr. Schlicht owns 200 acres of good land, and gives considerable attention to raising stock. He is a strong Democrat, and is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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