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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 Klingsieck, ice dealer and farmer of Washington, Mo., is the son of Henry and Mary (Blanke) Klingsieck. The father was born in 1804 and is yet living. He followed agricultural pursuits during the summer seasons, and was engaged in butchering during the winter months. His wife died in 1853, at the age of forty-two. She was the mother of nine children, Charles being the fourth child. He was born in Westphalia, Germany, in 1844, and was reared and grew to manhood in his native country. In 1844 he crossed the ocean to the United States, located in Washington, Mo., where he hired on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and assisted in erecting bridges for two years. The following year he worked in a machine shop for the same company. In 1865 he married Miss Oliva Dettweiler, who was born in Washington, Mo., In 1849, and who is the daughter of Abraham Dettweiler. This union resulted in the birth of seven children: Caroline, Edward, Louis, Amanda, Clara, Regina and Selma. During the years 1868 and 1869 Mr. Klingsieck worked on the construction train, and in 1870 began his career as a farmer, and followed this occupation two years. The next four and half years were passed in driving a brewery wagon for John B. Busch. In 1881 he began dealing in ice, and has since been engaged in that business, and has put up 4,000 tons of ice during the past six years. Mr. Klingsieck is the owner of ten acres of land, and has a good residence nicely located in the western portion of the city. In politics he is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

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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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