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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller 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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Edwin August Zwanzig, partner with Gattermeir & Co. in the Olean Roller Mill, was born in Rock Island County, Ill., in 1854, and is the eldest in a family of twelve children born to August and Margaret (Fuhr) Zwanzig. The father was a native of Saxony and the mother a native of Buffalo, N. Y. They were married in Rock Island County, Ill., and the father was a practical miller by occupation. He worked in different parts of the United States, and was in Helena at the beginning of the late Civil War, but later went to Illinois. In 1869 the family moved to Missouri, and settled in Morgan County, where he built mill property, which is now known as the Zwanzig Mills. Edwin August Zwanzig was reared to the miller’s trade, and worked for his father until twenty-one years of age. He then worked in various places, and in 1878 and 1879 worked for Metzgar & Ham. In 1879 he went to Colorado, where he followed mining, and then, in company with his brother-in law, Joseph Gattermeir, returned to Miller County in the fall of 1880. In the spring of the following year he, in partnership with his brother, Bernhardt, and Joseph Gattermeir, bought the mill at Glean and fitted it up with all the new and latest improvements. Our subject’s brother, Bernhardt, was reared to farm life mostly, and is the manager of the outside work of the mill. Mr. Zwanzig and brother are good Republicans, and are much respected citizens.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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