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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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Gust J. Hamel, of the firm of Hamel & Cunningham, hardware dealers, De Soto, was born in Jefferson County, Mo., in 1862, and is a son of George and Rosanna (Tribolet) Hamel, who were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are still living, Gust J. being the eldest. George Hamel, a native of Hamburg, Germany, was born in 1835, and in the year 1850 immigrated to the United States, locating in De Soto, Mo., where he followed his trade, that of a harness-maker. For the past eighteen years he has been engaged in raising small fruits and vegetables. His wife is a native of Ohio, and was born in 1845. Gust J. Hamel was educated in the public schools of De Soto, and after leaving school assisted his father until 1880, when he was employed as a clerk in the hardware store of R. Burroughs, whose business, in partnership with Mr. Ward Cunningham, he purchased in 1884, which they have since successfully conducted. December 31, 1883, Mr. Hamel married Miss Bell Watters, a native of Missouri, who was born in 1868. They have one child, Ward Albert. Mr. Hamel votes the Republican ticket. In religion he is an Episcopalian.

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