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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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Valentine Anderes, a native of St. Gall, Switzerland, was born in 1838, the youngest of the eleven children born to Sebastian and Mary Ann (Mader) Anderes, the former of whom was a successful farmer. Valentine Anderes was educated in the common schools of his native country, and reared on a farm until ten years of age, when his parents died and he was thrown upon his own resources. He worked in cotton factories for the following four years, when he went to St. Gall to learn the locksmith’s trade, which he followed until seven teen years of age. He next engaged in railroading for six years, being employed as fireman and engineer on the Union Swiss Railroad, until, on account of ill health, he was forced to give up that work. He kept a hotel in St. Gall until 1869, when he came to the United States, settling at Gray’s Summit, Mo., where he engaged in peddling goods until 1871, when he opened a store, which he con ducted about two and one-halfyears, or until December, 1873, when he lost about $5,000 by fire. He subsequently engaged in farming for four years, peddled goods one year, opened store again in 1879, and met with good success. In 1881 he purchased another farm near Pacific, which he kept improving until about three months ago, when he opened the Continental Hotel, in Pacific, under the firm name of V. Anderes & Sons. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Elizabeth Baumgartner, a native of Switzerland, who died in 1882, having been divorced from Mr. Anderes in December, 1872. They had five children: Emil, Frederic, Bertha, Frida and Ida. In April, 1873, Mr. Anderes married Miss Ida Vallmer a native of Franklin County, of German descent. Six children blessed this union, viz.: Otto, Walter (deceased), Valentia, Edgar, Henry (deceased) and Blanche. Mr. Anderes is a member of the Catholic Church. He is independent in politics, but Democratic in principle.

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