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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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John Frech, dealer in groceries and provisions, De Soto, was born in St. Louis, Mo., June 20, 1849, and is a son of Conrad and Catherine (Mahn) Freeh, the former a native of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, who came to the United States in 1846, and settled in Jefferson County, Mo., in 1855. John Frech was reared on the farm, and received his education in the common schools of the county and the De Soto Seminary. When seventeen years of age, he went to St. Louis, where he learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed ten years. He established his present business in 1880, and carries a full line of groceries, provisions, glassware, etc. and deals largely in produce; he has a capital stock amounting to $3,000, and does an annual business of $18,000, second in the town in his line. September 30, 1875, he married Hattie M. Springer, daughter of Charles Springer, of Council Grove, Kas. Mr. and Mrs. Frech are the parents of four children: Gustave A., Conrad G., John E. and Mary K. Mr. Frech is a member of the Knights of Pythias, and in religion affiliates with the Methodist Church. He has been connected with the City Council for six years, and is a member at the present time.

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