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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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Dr. Charles Brockhausen, physician and surgeon of Berger, is a native of Germany, born in 1843, and the son of Rev. Rudolph and Charlotta (Koenig) Brockhausen, who are still living in Germany, aged eighty-two and sixty-six, respectively. The father was a minister in the German Reformed Church for a great many years, having celebrated his fiftieth anniversary in the work in 1879. Our subject received a good scientific and literary education, mostly under the instruction of his father, who was master of several languages, in which the Doctor took a thorough course. In 1863 he came to the United States, and began reading medicine under Dr. Schade, of St. Louis. He attended medical college there in 1869-70, took one course in the State University of New York, and graduated at St. Louis Medical College in 1871; prior to that and during the time he was an assistant physician in St. Louis City Hospital. Soon after graduating the Doctor located at Washington, but did not remain there long before he returned to St. Louis, where he remained until 1877, then coming to Berger. Here he has since been located, and has an extensive and lucrative prac- tice. He is well learned in his profession, and is one of the most successful and eminent physicians of Franklin County. While in St. Louis he was a member of the school board for some time. March 1, 1871, he wedded Miss Mary Fischer, of Washington, Mo., who bore him one child—Mary. Mrs. Brockhausen died in 1873, and in 1875 the Doctor married Miss Mary Meyer, a native of Germany, who also bore him one child—Elizabeth. While in his native country the Doctor received diplomas in pharmacy and chemistry. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for U. S. Grant. He is a member, of the Masonic fraternity, and of the A. O. U. W. Dr. Brockhausen lost his second wife in 1883.

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