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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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Joseph A. Mintrup, publisher of the Franklin County Observer, was born in St. Louis County, Mo., in the year 1862, and is the son of Francis and Mary (Narup) Mintrup, natives of Hanover, Germany, born in 1823 and 1839, respectively. The father came to America when a young man, settled in St. Louis, where he engaged in draying, and after that in general merchandising. Later on, he purchased a farm in St. Louis County, and embarked in farming and stock raising in which he was very successful. In 1869 he came to Washington and entered into the planing and lumber business. He died in 1871. The mother is now living in Washington. To their marriage were born eight children, our subject being the fourth. He was educated in the Catholic schools in Washington, and for three years attended St. Mary’s College, in Kansas, finishing his course with great credit to himself. His exemplary conduct while at school made him a favorite with all. In 1877 Mr. Mintrup finished his collegiate course, carrying with him the highest honors of his class. Returning to Washington, he began clerking, but at the end of eighteen months commenced his apprenticeship in a printing office. In 1882 and 1887 he was engaged as compositor on State work, working for the Jefferson City Tribune Company. Mr. Mintrup is fully coversant with typographical work, and one of the best printers in the State. In April, 1887, he became publisher of the Franklin County Observer, his partner being J. William Kahmann. He is a firm Democrat in politics.

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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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