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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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Otto Brauer, a book-keeper of Washington Brewery, owned by John B. Busch, is a native of Brunswick, Germany, born in 1840, son of Louis and Bertha (Buehrig) Brauer. The father was born in 1809 and died in 1879. He was a merchant by occupation. The mother died in 1861, at the age of forty-seven. Of the two children born to this union, Otto is the only one living. He was educated in his native country at the high school and at the Mercantile College at Hanover for two years. He then engaged in merchandising in Hanover, Dresden, Leipzig and Frankfort. In 1861 he entered the German army as a volunteer, and advanced afterward to second lieutenant in the reserve. In 1862 he accepted a position as book-keeper in a flour mill at Walbeck, and remained there three years. February 14, 1865, he married Miss Lena Born, who was born November 1, 1843, in Magdeburg, Prussia, and who bore him three children, of whom two have died. Louise, who is a teacher in the public school in Washington, is the only daughter now living. In 1886 Mr. Brauer immigrated to the United States, and settled in St. Louis, where he began as salesman in a wholesale house, remaining there four years. He then came to Pacific, Franklin Co., Mo., and engaged in school teaching, which occupation be followed for six years in that town. In 1876 he came to Washington, and was hired as teacher in the German department of the public schools, and taught four years. In 1878 he was appointed by the governor as commissioner of schools of Franklin County, and in 1880 was elected. December, 1881, he received the position of book-keeper for the large brewing establishment at Washington, Mo., and has since held that position. He has full control of the entire establishment, the owner, John B. Busch, being an invalid. Mr. Brauer is a Republican in politics, is a member of the A. O. U. W., and a Lutheran in his religious belief.

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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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