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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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Charles Hemme, a contractor and builder of De Soto, is a native of Hanover, Germany, and was born in 1843. His parents were August G. and Regina (Wettram) Hemme, natives of Hanover, Germany, who were born in 1815 and 1825, respectively. August G. Hemme was a large real estate owner, and immigrated to America in 1857, locating in Marine Township, Madison Co., Ill., where he died the following year, his widow surviving him but one year. Of their four children only two are living: Charles, and Ida, wife of G. Bucher, a farmer of Jefferson County, Mo. Charles Hemme came to this country with his parents in 1857, and after the death of his parents went to St. Louis, where he was employed as a clerk by his uncle, Francis Wettman, a lumber merchant, with whom he remained until 1864. He then went to Chicago, and for one winter attended Bryant & Stratton’s Business College, when he returned to St. Louis, and resumed work at his trade for several years. He afterward did contracting at Springfield and Bloomington, Ill., and in 1868 located in Hillsboro, Mo., where he lived two years. The following eighteen months he spent in De Soto, and then returned to St. Louis, where he remained five years, at the expiration of which time he moved to De Soto, where he has since resided. He is a skillful workman, and is one of the substantial business men of De Soto. He has met with good success, and has erected over 100 buildings in De Soto, among the largest being the opera house and S. W. Crawford’s residence. In May, 1875, he married Miss Margaret Brill, who was born in Washington County, Mo., in 1852, and is a daughter of Solomon and Sarah (Vineyard) Brill. Mr. and Mrs. Hemme have four children: Laura, Charles Jr., Lillie and Virdie. Mr. Hemme is a Republican in politics, a Master Mason and Knight of Honor, and a member of the German Lutheran Church.

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