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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Capt. Adolphus Frick, one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of Lyon Township, is a native of Lahr, Germany, born in 1835, the only son of five children born to Jacob and Madeline (Herpst) Frick, who were born, respectively, in 1800 and 1805, and were married in 1828. Mr. Frick, a tanner by trade, served for some years as city councilman, and died in 1657; his widow died in 1883. Adolphus Prick remained at home until fifteen years of age, receiving his education at the college in his native city; he then went to France, where he spent two years, and in 1854 came to the United States, spending nearly two years in Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently coming to Franklin County. In 1858 he married Elvina, daughter of John Eberhard and Marie E. Vitt, natives of Prussia, who came to this country in 1853. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Frick, viz.: Ida, wife of Samuel Geft, of La Salle County, Ill.; Bertha, wife of Charles Goebel; Lillie, wife of William Meinhart, of Iroquois County, Ill.; Emma, wife of Fred Meinhart, of Iroquois County, Ill.; Edward, Amelia, Anna and Oscar. When Mr. Frick first came to Franklin he purchased eight acres of his present farm, which he has increased to 200 acres, all well improved and situated in one of the best wheat-growing sections of the county; he turns his attention principally to stock breeding, having a fine herd of thoroughbred short-horn cattle. He is also quite largely engaged in ship ping hogs and cattle, and his grain growing is confined mostly to corn, oats and hay, which are all consumed on the farm. He ran a general store on his farm, which are eight miles southwest of Washington, from 1856 until 1866, and during that time and since, with the exception of about one year, has been post master of Campbellstown Postoffice. In 1874 he was appointed notary public, but did not act. Since 1886 he has been justice of the peace. In 1861 he organized Company D, of the Franklin County United States Reserve Corps, for three months serving as captain, and operated on the Missouri Pacific Railway. At the expiration of that service he enlisted in Company I, Seventeenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, of which he was also made captain, and after a short service in Missouri he resigned. From 1863 until the close of service he commanded Company E, of the Enrolled Missouri Militia, operating in Franklin County. In politics, Mr. Frick is an active Republican, casting his first vote for President for Lincoln.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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