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Below is a family biography included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Edmund Hulse, one of the many enterprising and successful citizens of Laclede County, Mo., was born September 12, 1848, and is the son of John E. and Mary (Wild) Hulse, natives of England. The Hulses were for several generations back railroad engineers, and the grandfather of Edmund Hulse went to France as an engineer. He was for many years a locomotive engineer, and John E. Hulse was also an engineer for twenty-eight years. He came to this country in 1851, landing in New York, and from there went to Milwaukee, Wis. He afterward returned to England and mounted his same old engine, and in 1866 he came back to America. He remained in Fond du Lac, Wis., for three years, and then came to Laclede County in 1869, locating on a farm, where he remained until 1872, and has been farming ever since. He was the father of seven children, five of whom are now living: Edmund, John, Albert, William, and Adelaide, wife of William Nyberg. Two children died in infancy. Edmund Hulse was eighteen years of age when he came back to Wisconsin, and in 1872 went to Chicago, where he worked as a machinist until in 1880, when he came to Laclede County. He has a good farm in this county, and is doing well. He was first married in 1873 to Miss Margaret Wilder, who was the widow of Hiram L. Wilder, of Chicago. She was born near the last named city, and by her union with Mr. Wilder became the mother of three children. She also had three children by Mr. Hulse, two of whom died. Mary is the only one living. Mr. Hulse took for his second wife Miss Ella E. Wilder, by whom he has five children: Jennie, Edith, Edmund, John and Margaret. Mr. Hulse is a rather prominent man in politics, and affiliates with the Union Labor party. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity at Lebanon; is a member of the A. O. U. W., and he and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Laclede County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Laclede County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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