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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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Frederick L. Nierdieck, proprietor of the city market house, and dealer in all kinds of fresh meat, established his present business in 1865, and has followed this occupation ever since. He is the oldest butcher in Washington, and has an extensive trade. He kills six head of cattle and five hogs per week, and also buys and sells stock, shipping to St. Louis during the fall season. He ships about twelve carloads each season. During the winters of 1874 and 1875 he was engaged in pork packing, his partner being August Gast. Mr. Nierdieck is a native of Westphalia, Germany, born in 1844, and is the son of Frederick and Dortea (Schaefer) Nierdieck, both natives of Germany, born in 1806 and 1810, respectively. They immigrated to America in 1855, settled in Washington, Mo., and here the father died in 1865. The mother died in 1859. Frederick was the fourth of seven children, four of whom are now living. He was eleven years old when his parents came to the United States, and passed the years between that age and seventeen, on the farm. He then went to St. Louis and was waiter in a hotel two years, and the following year drove a bakery wagon. About this time the late unpleasantness between the North and South occurred, and Mr. Nierdieck enlisted in the Union army as teamster for six months, and served five months. He then returned to Washington, and in 1865 established his present business, as above stated. In June, 1866, he married Miss Wilhelmina Meyer, a native of Westphalia, Germany, born in 1847, and the daughter of Frederick Meyer. She came to the United States in 1857. and by her union to Mr. Nierdieck became the mother of two children: Julius and Helen. In politics Mr. Nierdieck is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

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