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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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Henry Hurtgen, blacksmith and dealer in agricultural implements, is a native of Prussia, born in 1852, and is the son of Joseph and Anna M. (Hasenberg) Hurtgen, natives of Prussia, where the mother died in 1854. One year later the father came to the United States, located in Houghton County, Mich., and from there, in 1866, went to Hennepin County, Minn. One year later he moved to Quincy, Ill., and in the same year to De Soto, Mo. In 1872 he returned to Michigan, but went from there to California, and in 1875 he returned to Missouri, this time to Morristown, in Warren County, where he still lives. He has been a life-long and competent blacksmith, and has been married three times. Henry received a fair education, and worked in a carriage and omnibus factory in St. Louis for a number of years. He learned the blacksmith’s trade in 1872, and in 1874 located at Hillsboro, where he continued his trade, and where he soon had a stock of agricultural implements. In 1882 he was elected public administrator of Jefferson County, and served two years, when he was elected sheriff, and served in that capacity also two years. He then resumed his trade, which he has since continued with success. He was married in 1878 to Miss Rosa, daughter of John G. and Anna M. Guehring, natives of Germany, but residents of Jefferson County, Mo., for over thirty-five years. To Mr. Hurtgen and wife were born six children, four now living: Joseph, John, Anna M. and Theodore. Politically, Mr. Hurtgen is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Tilden, in 1876, He is a member of the A. O. U. W., was formerly a K. of L., but during the strike of 1886 severed his connection with that body. Mrs. Hurtgen is a member of the Lutheran Church.

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