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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company 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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CHARLES H. BALTZER, Fulton County, was born in the city of Dietz, Germany, March 26, 1838. His father, G. P. Baltzer, was a man of considerable note, being a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Munich; he acquired a reputation as a skillful architect, erecting many fine public buildings, noted among which are the St. Peter’s Church, of his native city, the palace of the baron of Hohenstetten, the government bridge near Limburg, the key-stone of the central arch of which bears the initials of his name, the government canals and locks at Baldwinstein and Nievern, the noted building at Ems, known as the Cursaal, in the elaborate main hall of which the famous Paganini entertained the assembled crown heads of Europe, and in the rear of which building, took place the historical interview between Bismarck and Louis Napoleon’s minister, Benedetti, in 1870, immediately after which Napoleon declared war against Germany. G. P. Baltzer died in 1849, after having been a member of the Revolutionary legislature of 1848 and 1849. Subject’s mother was Maria (Bauman) Baltzer, also a native of Dietz; she died in 1847. Subject enjoyed excellent educational advantages, was a pupil of Schubler, doctor of philosophy; Kramer, doctor of philosophy; Lieber and Wilhelmi, and at an early age graduated with honors from the college of Dietz. He remained with his parents until after their death; was then taken by his grandfather, Ludwig Bauman, who continued to send him to college, after which he was sent to John Schaefer, an uncle and attorney at law, to commence the study of law under him, which study he abandoned on his departure for the United States, in 1857. He went to Milwaukee, Wis., determined to make an honest living, and learned the carriage business; worked two years, then went to St. Louis, worked at his trade there a short time; went to Hickman in 1859, and effected a co-partnership with Hertweck Bros., engaging in the manufacture of wagons under the firm of Hertweck, Baltzer & Co. This firm has one of the largest wagon factories in the Southwest, employing from seventy-five to 100 men, and turns out a large number of wagons annually, which wagons are very favorably known in every southern State, by the name of “Hickman Wagon.” Mr. Baltzer was married, in 1863, to Miss E. C. Stubbs, a native of Fulton County. To this union were born seven children, whose names are as follows: Mollie, William, Louis, Anna, Charles, Dora and Edward. Mr. Baltzer was next married, in 1880, to Miss Belle Stubbs, sister of his first wife, by whom he has one child, Herman. In politics Mr. Baltzer is an independent Democrat; he is a Mason, was elected and presided as Master over Fulton Lodge, No. 120, and belongs to the German Evangelical Church.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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