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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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CHARLES H. BOEDEKER, a lumber merchant and dealer in agricultural implements in Red Bud, came to this place in 1875 from Monroe County, Ill., where his birth occurred. He was born in 1854, and was the third in order of birth in a family of five children, who grew to mature years. The parents were Fred and Christine Boedeker.

Our subject spent the days of boyhood and youth upon his father’s farm, attending the common schools through the winter season, while in the summer months he aided in the labors of the field. When he had arrived at man’s estate he bade adieu to home and friends and came to Red Bud, where he at once embarked in the lumber business in partnership with his brother Henry. Together they carried on operations for about eight years, when in the year 1883 Charles H. Boedeker purchased his brother’s interest and has since carried on the trade under is own name. He devotes his entire time and attention to the business and is therefore a successful dealer. He carries a good assortment of all kinds of lumber, and by straightforward dealing and courteous treatment of his customers he has secured a liberal patronage. Since becoming sole proprietor of the business he has also dealt in farm implements, handling threshers, engines, binders, mowers, etc.

In 1875 Mr. Boedeker was united in marriage with Miss Christiana Dann, a representative of one of the early pioneer families of Monroe County, Ill., and a cultured lady, who wins friends where ever she goes. Five children have been born of their union, but two are now deceased. Those yet living are Tillie, Ardine and Elsie. Mr. and Mrs. Boedeker are widely known throughout this community, where they have now resided for almost twenty years, and in social circles they hold an enviable position.

In politics Mr. Boedeker is independent, casting his vote for the man whom he thinks best qualified for the office, regardless of party affiliations. In religious belief he and his wife are Lutherans. Mr. Boedeker is recognized as a man of good business ability, wide-awake and enterprising, and his diligence, sagacity and well directed efforts have brought him a deserved success. The community recognizes in him a valued citizen, for he ever takes an active part in all that pertains to the welfare of the community and the promotion of its best interests.

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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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