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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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Charles F. Gallenkamp, a young attorney of Union, and prosecuting attorney of Franklin County, Mo., was born in Washington, Franklin Co., Mo., January 10, 1859, the son of William and Mary (Stumpe) Gallenkamp. The father was a native of Germany, and immigrated to America about 1848, and located in St. Louis, Mo. About 1849 he removed to Washington, Franklin Co., Mo., where he engaged in merchandising, and at one time had the largest establishment in the city. He died in 1864. The mother was born in Germany in 1832, and came to America when a child. She is the daughter of William Stumpe, a farmer near Washington, and she is the sister of F. W. Stumpe, assistant cashier of the Bank of Washington. Charles F. was educated in the public schools of Washington, and, later, attended the St. Louis High School. He began reading law in the fall of 1877, at Washington, in the office of Kiskaddon & Beyersdorf, and in the fall of 1879 entered the Louisville Law School, entering: the senior class, from which he graduated in the spring of 1880. Returning to Washington, he entered into a copartnership with his preceptor, Mr. Kiskaddon, and practiced until his election to the office of prosecuting attorney, in the fall of 1884, being a candidate of the Republican party. Previous to this, in 1882, he was nominated by the Republican convention as candidate for probate judge. On account of his age—being really ineligible—he declined, but the nomination was forced upon him, and he very reluctantly made an unsuccessful race. In 1886 he was re-elected prosecuting attorney without opposition-. In the fall of 1885 he formed a copartnership with George W. Wood, and together they are carrying on a large general law and abstract business. February 5, 1887, he married Miss Alice Ruge, a native of Warren County, Mo., born September 25, 1865, and the daughter of William G. Ruge, and granddaughter of Dr. Charles Ruge, deceased.

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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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