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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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Louis J. Rozier, superintendent and secretary of the Valle Mining Company, of Jefferson County, is a native of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and was born in 1852. His father, Felix Rozier, is of French descent, and was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1820; he has always resided in his native county, and has been interested in developing the natural resources of Southeastern Missouri for many years. He is president of the Valle Mining Company, which company carries a stock of $200,000, and does a large business; the mines are located nine miles southeast of De Soto, comprising a tract of 5,000 acres, 2,200 of which are in Jefferson County, and the remainder in St. Francois County. Felix Rozier is one of the influential men in the mining circles of Missouri, and is held in high esteem. He married Miss Louise, daughter of Batise Valle, one of the oldest French settlers of Ste. Genevieve County, who discovered the mine which now bears his name. Mrs. Rozier was born in Ste. Genevieve County, in 1828, and is the mother of ten children, only five of whom are living: Louise, wife of John L. Boviere, of Ste. Genevieve; Louis J., Cora, Edwin J. and Odiel. After completing his education Louis J. Rozier commenced work at the mines, in the capacity of clerk and general assistant in various departments. July 1, 1874, he was made superintendent of the mines, and in August, 1884, was elected secretary of the same, holding both positions to the present time. He is an energetic business man, and has the well-merited esteem of his associates. In September, 1874, he married Miss Harriet Cole, daughter of Salathiel and Mary Ann Cole. Mrs. Rozier was born in Jefferson County in 1854. To this union six children have been born, four of whom are now living, viz.: Joseph, Paul V., Adele and Lucile. Mr. Rozier has been a resident of De Soto for the past two years, and in 1887 erected a large frame dwelling house, in the Queen Anne style, at a cost of $4,500, which is one of the finest residences in the place. He is a member of the Legion of Honor, the Knights of Pythias, A. O. U. W., and Royal Arcanum. In politics he votes with the Democrats. He and wife were reared in the Roman Catholic faith.

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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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