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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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Otto Rohlfing, dealer in fresh and salt meats, game and poultry, De Soto, was born in St. Charles, Mo., April 6, 1860. He was one of ten children born to Henry and Catherine (Young) Rohlfing, viz.: Edward, painter in St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad shops at De Soto; Otto Henry, locomotive engineer on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, between De Soto and Piedmont; Adolph, Louis, George, Lizzie and Minnie. Henry Rohlfing, father of our subject, came to America from Germany when twenty-five years of age, and first settled in St. Charles. He married in Jefferson County, and then lived in St. Charles, and returned to De Soto, Jefferson County, Mo., four years later, where he worked at the shoemaker’s trade until his death, on August 4, 1879, aged about forty-seven years. His wife, also a native of Germany, was a daughter of Conrad Young, of Jefferson County, and died nine months before her husband. Otto Rohlfing came to De Soto with his parents in 1864, where he received his education. When but twelve years of age he commenced work in a butcher shop, working for Mathieu & Racine nine years. May 14, 1887, Mr. Rohlfing opened a butcher shop on his own account, which business he has since successfully conducted, and carries a first-class supply of meats of all kinds. He is one of the industrious and enterprising young men of De Soto, and is well liked. In politics he is a Democrat.

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