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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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George F. Neale, manager of the Crystal Plate Glass Company, is a native of Birmingham. England, and was born January 18, 1841. He immigrated to America in March, 1868, and located in Boston, Mass., where he was a member of the firm of Tuttle, Garfield & Co., glass manufacturers. His stay in Boston was prolonged for four years, when he went to Lenox, Mass., and assumed the general management of the Lenox Plate Glass Works, which position he retained for a period of four years. After this his services were rendered in behalf of the world-renowned engineer, Sir. Charles Siemans. His next engagement was with Messrs. Chance Bros. & Co., the reputable glass manufacturers of his native city, Birmingham, England. This establishment was under his management until the fall of 1876, and at the reorganization of the Crystal Plate Glass Company, of Crystal City, Mo., in March 1877, he was placed in charge of their entire business, and is now the general manager of the same—information and statistics concerning which will be found in full in the historical portion of this work. It may be truthfully stated here that the unbounded success of this company is mainly due to the untiring energy of Mr. Neale in its behalf. The output of this establishment during the first year of its existence was but 60,000, and that of the year 1887 over 1,500,000. A comparison will show the magnitude of this creditable enterprise; especially is this true when the fact is taken into consideration that the company who originated the plant were losers to the extent of several hundred thousand dollars during their existence. New casting halls and furnaces, with the necessary appliances, have been completed, and are now in operation, increasing the capacity at least 25 per cent. Mr. Neale was united in marriage to Miss M. Adelaide Stetson, the event being solemnized on the 3d of October, 1866. Mrs. Neale is a native of Boston, Mass., and is of American ancestry. Of the five children born to this union, only three are living, viz.: Mary H., Alice K. and L. Irving. The deceased were George S. and Florence. Mr. Neale is a member of the Masonic fraternity, with membership in St. Omer Commandery, of Boston; he took the Knight Templar’s degree in 1866. He now occupies the dignified position of Deputy Grand Commander of the Legion of Honor for the State of Missouri. The family are members of the Unitarian Church. November 13, 1884, a commission was issued by the postmaster general of the United States, creating Mr. Neale postmaster of Crystal City, which position he has since filled to the satisfaction of all and with credit to himself, notwithstanding he is a Republican.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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