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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas 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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S. L. Joseph, one of the leading merchants of Paragould, was born in Germany, on the Rhine, in October, 1854, receiving his education in his native country, and at an early age engaged in mercantile pursuits, which he has followed ever since, thus securing a thorough knowledge of the business. In 1871 he sailed for America, taking passage at Bremen, and landing in New York City, where he remained for three years. He then went to Pennsylvania, and for a period of some three years was engaged in the office of the Buffalo & Philadelphia Railroad Company, going thence to St. Louis, where he remained one year. In 1878 he went to Walnut Ridge, Ark, followed clerking until 1880, and then came to Gainesville, of the same State, and there opened a store in partnership with Isaac Less. He continued the business at Gainesville and Jonesboro for three years, after which he sold his interest and took a trip to Europe, traveling over the continent, and was absent about ten months. After his return he went to Wichita, Kan., resided at that place one year, and in the fall 1885 came to Paragould, where he embarked in merchandising under the firm name of Harris & Joseph. In the spring of 1889 Mr. Joseph bought out his partner and is now continuing the business alone. He carries a large stock of merchandise, averaging about $25,000, and is one of the enterprising business men of Paragould. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I. O. O. F., and also belongs to the K. of H. He was married May 1, 1889, to Miss Setta Goldman, a native of Europe, and sister of J. D. Goldman, of the large firm of Goldman & Co., of St. Louis. Mr. Joseph’s parents, Maurice F. and Babbet (Steinheimer) Joseph, were natives of Europe. The father is deceased, but the mother is still living in Germany.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Greene County, Arkansas published in 1889.  View the complete description here: Greene County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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