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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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William Brix, editor and publisher of the Washington Post, in the German language, was born in Washington, Franklin Co., Mo., in 1858, and is the son of Otto and Clara (Wolny) Brix. The father was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1822, came to America in 1849 and settled in Gasconade County, where he farmed for a few months, after which he moved to Hermann. In 1854 he came to Washington and became a civil engineer. In 1858 he erected the first pottery in Franklin County, making earthenware of various kinds. In 1865 he rented the pottery, and in 1872 sold out. From 1865 until 1869 he was surveyor and civil engineer of Franklin County, and in the latter year he established the Washington Post (German), and was editor and publisher until his death, which occurred in February, 1883. His wife was born in Bohemia about 1832, and died in 1863. She was the mother of three children, who lived to be grown. Our subject was the eldest of these children, and was educated in the schools of Washington. At the age of eleven he entered the printing office of the Post, and has since been in the business. After the death of his father William succeeded him, and has continued the work success fully, it being the only German paper published in the county. Mt. Brix is a Republican in politics, and cast his first vote for James A. Garfield, in 1880.

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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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