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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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Fred J. Mauntel, dealer in general merchandise, Washington, Mo., is the son of John F. and Annie (Terschluse) Mauntel, and was born in Washington, October 16, 1860. His father was born July 4, 1826, in Hanover, Germany, and came to the United States in 1835, with his parents, Herm. H. and Mary Mauntel, and all their children, as follows: Fritz, Kate, Mary and Lizzie Mauntel, when John F. Mauntel was only nine years of age. His parents located in Franklin County, four miles south of Washington, and here Herm. H. Mauntel died in 1864, and his wife in 1869. The father of our subject was reared on the farm, but in 1853 he moved to Washington, Mo., and followed teaming until 1860, when he commenced wool carding, and has since continued at that business, meeting with good success. On October 11, 1853, he was married to Annie Terschluse, in Washington, Mo. His wife was born in Prussia, Germany, July 1. 1834, and came to the United States when nine years of age. To their marriage were born nine children, four dead and five living, named as follows: Herm. H., John H., Fred J., Anton M. and Bernard S. Mauntel. Mr. Mauntel was educated at St. Mary’s College, Kansas, and at the age of nineteen he hired to A. and J. B. Kahmann, in Washington, as clerk, and remained with them for six years. On January 15, 1886, he established his present business on his own responsibility in Washington, Mo., and at present has employed two clerks, Anton Mauntel and Julius Degen. October 26, of the same year, he was married to Amelia Rechtien, a native of Osage County, Mo., born July 1, 1865, and the daughter of Louis and Sophia (Johnson) Rechtien. Mr. and Mrs. Rechtien were married in St. Louis, Mo., in 1849, after their arrival from Ger many, and to their marriage were born seven children, of which Mrs. Mauntel is the only one living. Mr. Rechtien was a large merchant in Rich Fountain, Osage Co., Mo.; he died on January 23, 1873, and his wife died June 19, 1874, in Osage County. To Mr. and Mrs. Mauntel was born on January 23, 1888, a boy named Frank Ludwig Arthur. Mr. Mauntel is a good businessman, and carries a first-class stock of dry goods and groceries. He is a solid Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Catholic 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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