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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson 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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Adam F. Mummert, foreman of the roundhouse of the Missouri Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, De Soto, was born in Carondelet, St. Louis Co., Mo., August 21, 1846. His father, Jacob Mummert, a carpenter by trade, was a native of Alsace, France, and when twelve years of age came with his parents to the United States, settling in Monroe County, Ill. Adam F. Mummert was reared in his native county, and received his education at Carondelet under the preceptorship of Prof, Hamilton Michaue, a Frenchman, and Prof. V. B. S. Reber. In early life he assisted his father at the carpenter’s trade, and for some time was engaged as a clerk in grocery stores, being employed, first, by Mr. Provost, second, Jacob Peters, and third, Patt Cunningham, all of Carondelet, and then as clerk for W. C. Plass, in the hardware business. He next entered the shops of the Iron Mountain Railroad in St. Louis, under Master Mechanics John Hewitt and O. A. Haynes, the former of whom is now on the Wabash Railroad, and the latter inspector of locomotives and machinery of the Gould System. Mr. Mummert served an apprenticeship of six years in the shops at Carondelet, and after completing the trade, in 1868 took charge of two engines on the Arkansas Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, where he remained until 1874; under the direction of Leonard Findley, Master Mechanic, he was foreman while erecting the shops at Baring Cross, and then returned to Carondelet, where he was employed as night foreman in the roundhouse until 1880, when he accepted his present position of day foreman of the De Soto round house, under W. H. Harris. March 8, 1880, Mr. Mummert married Lena, daughter of George Mummert, of Clifton, Ohio, and their one child is deceased. Mr. Mummert is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Mummert is president of the W. C. T. U., and, with her husband, is a member of the Episcopal Church. Both are members of Chosen Friends, Council No. 10.

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