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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  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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AUSBACK, M. R., of the firm of S. M. Crooks & Co.; born July 11, 1845, in the province of Lorraine, France. The larger part of his education was received at Cologne. He has been engaged in the mercantile business nearly all his life. When nineteen years of age he enlisted in the French army, as first lieutenant in the “chevaux leger” (light horse), and was stationed at Strasbourg. After nearly a year’s military experience he resigned his commission and came to the United States, in 1867. The first year after his arrival was spent in traveling. His business life in America began as a clerk in the retail department of A. T. Stewart’s great business house, in New York City. In 1869 he visited the celebrated “oil region” of Pennsylvania, remaining there a short time only, when he came to Iowa, locating at Sidney, Fremont county. He entered the employ of Thomas Malloy, as manager of his general store and pork-packing establishment. The year 1874 finds him at Riverton, engaged in business enterprises in his own name. In 1877 he disposed of his business at the last-named town, and coming to Clarinda, purchased his interest in the firm of which he is at present a member. Mr. A. was married January 4, 1870, to Miss Helen L. Jewett, of Illinois. Three children have been born to them: Mollie, Guy and Pearl. He not only enjoys the confidence and esteem of the citizens of his town, but is a leader among the people. His executive ability is great, and indicative of a strong will and great force of character.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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