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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cole County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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C. F. W. Buente, merchant and postmaster at Scruggs, Mo., was born in Lippe Detmold, town of Asendorf, Germany, in 1850, being a son of Conrad and Charlotte (Enstorf) Buente, and the seventh of their twelve children. The mother died in Germany about eighteen years ago, and the father two years ago. C. F.W. Buente was engaged in farm labor until eighteen years of age, then went to Bremen, and engaged in business as expressman, continuing about twelve years, during which time he married Miss Johanne Furst, who was also born in Germany. Her father is now dead but her mother is still living, and resides in her native land. In 1884 Mr. Buente sold out in Bremen and came to the United States, landing in New York City, but came almost immediately to Missouri, and began clerking with his brother Henry at McGirk, in Moniteau County. After remaining here three years he came to Cole County, and erected a store and residence at Scruggs Station, where he has since been successfully engaged in business. He carries a general line of goods, and by his fair dealing and agreeable manners has secured a good trade in the surrounding country. In 1887 he was appointed the first postmaster of Scruggs, which position he is still filling. He is also engaged in buying and shipping grain, cordwood and country produce, and as the village of Scruggs is surrounded by a fine farming country Mr. Buente’s business is rapidly growing. He and wife are members of the Lutheran Church, and their union has been blessed in the birth of three children: Willi, Emma and Athur.

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This family biography is one of 127 biographies included in The History of Cole County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cole County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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