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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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DR. HENRY G. ARMBRUESTER, who is successfully engaged in the practice of medicine in Steeleville, where he has a liberal patronage and has won an enviable reputation on account of his skill and ability, is a native of St. Louis, Mo. He was born on the 4th of March, 1857, and is the third in order of birth in a family of ten children, whose parents, Henry and Louise (Unfried) Armbruester, were natives of Germany, who when young came to America. The father had lived near the boundary line of France in Germany, but the mother’s people lived in the central part of the empire. Henry Armbruester, Sr., is an architect and builder. Since coming to America, he has spent the greater part of his time in Madison County, Ill., but resided for a short time in St. Louis, Mo.

The Doctor spent the days of his boyhood and youth in his parents’ home and attended the parochial schools in Collinsville, where he remained until the age of thirteen. He then entered the public schools, where he pursued his studies for about four years, when he began clerking in a drug store, continuing in that occupation for two years. Wishing to make the practice of medicine his life work, he began its study under the direction of Dr. F. Brendemuhl, of Collinsville, with whom he continued to read for three years, when he entered the Homeopathic Medical School of St. Louis, Mo. There he pursued his studies for three terms, after which he was graduated from that institution in March, 1881.

Dr. Armbruester, after winning the degree of M. D., located in Steeleville, Ill., where he has since been actively engaged in the practice of his profession, covering a period of thirteen consecutive years. He has an elegant office, complete in all its appointments, and has built up a large practice as the result of his skill and ability. He keeps abreast with all the discoveries and theories connected with the science of medicine, and his deep researches in the line of his profession have gained him a most enviable reputation.

An important event in the life of the Doctor occurred on the 17th of May, 1883, when was celebrated his marriage with Miss Louisa W. Stahlberg, a daughter of Charles and Louise (Long) Stahlberg, both of whom were natives of Germany. One child graces the union of our subject and his wife, Charles A., who is now living with his parents and attends the public schools. The Doctor was reared in the faith of the Lutheran Church, and his wife holds membership with the Presbyterian Church. Both are estimable people, who are held in high regard throughout the community in which they make their home. For five years the Doctor has served as School Director in Steeleville. The cause of education finds in him a warm friend, as does every other enterprise or interest which is calculated to prove of public benefit.

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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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