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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  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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JACOB BOLLINGER, a prominent citizen of Tell City, is a native of Canton Aargau, Switzerland, born March 11, 1818. He received a thorough education in his native country, and engaged in teaching there. In 1855 he came to the United States and located at Fort Smith, Arkansas, where two of his brothers had already located. He taught instrumental music at that place for one year, and then accepted the position of Professor of German in the Methodist College at Lebanon, Ill. After teaching there one year, and one year in St. Louis, he was engaged in the latter city in the insurance business until 1861, when he came to Tell City and accepted the position of principal of schools which he held three years. Since that time he has been engaged in the real estate and insurance business at Tell City, with the exception of two years when he was United States Revenue Inspector for the First and Second District of Indiana. In 1851 he married Anna Gautschi, a native of Switzerland, by whom he was the father of one child, Gotthold R., who died in Chicago, Ill., May 15, 1884. Mr. Bollinger is a Republican and a warm advocate of the principles of his party. He has given considerable time and attention to the study of law, and is engaged in the practice of the profession in connection with his other business. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and himself and wife are members of the Evangelical Church.

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This family biography is one of 257 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Perry County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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