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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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John B. Busch, proprietor of Washington Brewery, is a native of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, born in 1832, and is the son of Ulrich and Barbara (Pfeiffer) Busch. The father was born in 1772, and was a lumber merchant by occupation. He died in 1852. His wife was born in 1775, and died in 1840. Mr. Busch was married three times, and was the father of twenty-three children. He was well respected, and was a man of large estate. His second wife, Barbara Pfeiffer, was the mother of twelve children, John B. being the second child. In 1849 he left his native country and immigrated to America, settled in St. Louis, and began learning the brewery business with his brother, George. He worked for him two years, and in 1852 he entered the McHenry College, at Lebanon, and studied the English language for two years. In 1854 he went to Howard College at Fayette, Mo., and here attended one year. In 1855 he came to Washington Mo., and established what is now widely known as the Washington Brewery, his partners being his brother, Henry, and Fred Gersie. The partnership continued about five years, and since 1866, Mr. Busch has had full control, being the sole owner. He manufactures beer exclusively, and does an enormous business, it being of a first-class quality and in great demand. In 1858 he married Miss Antonia Krumsick, who was born in Brunswick, Germany, in 1838, and who came to Franklin County, Mo., in 1853. To them were born seven children: George U., John B., Jr., Julius, Ulrieh, Anton, Walter and Lillie M. Mr. Busch is a Democrat in his political views, and an Ancient Member of the Masonic Order and I. O. O. F. He is a Catholic, and his wife a Lutheran.

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