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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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A. A. DRIEMEYER, of Pinckneyville, is numbered among the officials of Perry County, holding the office of Circuit Clerk, a position to which he is justly entitled, for he is one of the valued citizens of the community, ever ready to advance public interests. He was born in the city which is still his home, September 5, 1859, and is a son of Henry Driemeyer, who was a native of Germany and came to this country when a young man. For a quarter of a century he was one of the leading and most prosperous merchants of Pinckneyville, and is now here living retired, enjoying the rest which he has so truly earned and richly deserves.

Mr. Driemeyer spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Pinckneyville, and acquired his literary education in its public schools. Later he attended a commercial college to fit himself for a practical business career, and then entered his father’s store, where he served as clerk for a time. During President Cleveland’s first administration he was appointed United States Mail Agent on the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago and Cairo, with headquarters in the former city. After five years, in 1891, he resigned that position to take charge of his father’s business, to which his energies were devoted at the time when the Democratic party brought him to the front and nominated him for the position of Circuit Clerk. He ran against Charles Roe, a most popular and highly respected man, who for thirty years had filled the office. No previous Democratic candidate had received any noticeable support in comparison with that of the Republican nominee, but the great popularity of Mr. Driemeyer swept the county, and he was elected by a good majority. This was indeed an honor, and his friends were justly proud of his success, which placed him in the front rank as one of the rising and leading young politicians of the county.

In 1884 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Driemeyer and Miss Lucy Van Kenren, of Du Quoin, and to them have been born a son and daughter, Henry, aged six; and Ida, a little maiden of three summers. Mr. and Mrs. Driemeyer are well known people of this community and hold an enviable position in social circles where true worth and intelligence are received as the passports into good society. His popularity was attested by his election, which indicated that his friends were many.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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