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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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Joseph Gattermeir, miller at Olean, was born in Austria, on the Danube, in 1848, and is the eldest in a family of seven children born to Mathias and Annie (Wienkler) Gattermeir. In 1855 Mr. and Mrs. Gattermeir emigrated to the United States and settled in Morgan County, where they purchased and entered 200 acres of partially improved land. Since his admission to citizenship, Mr. Gattermeir has voted with the Republican party, and is quite active in politics. He and wife are now living on the old homestead, seven miles west of Versailles. Joseph Gattermeir was reared to farm labor until fourteen years of age, when he went to work for Brown Bros., at Cave Mills, Morgan County, to learn the trade of wool carding, and there followed the same for five years. He was then apprenticed to August Zwanzig to learn the milling business, which he followed for nine years. July 8, 1877, Mr. Gattermeir was united in marriage to Miss Cassandria Zwanzig, a native of Illinois, and daughter of August and Margaret (Fuhr) Zwanzig. In 1879 Joseph Zwanzig went to Platte City, Mo., and engaged with Metzger & Co., millers, with whom he continued for a short time. He then followed the carpenter’s trade for a short time, and then went to Colorado, where he remained from May to November of 1880, engaged in the saw-mill business; was also engaged in mining. February 20, 1881, Mr. Gattermeir formed a partnership with Edwin and Bernhardt Zwanzig, and bought the property known as Goodman’s Mills, near Olean. They remodeled the building, put in new buhrs, and in the summer of 1887 they changed to the roller system, fitting in two double sets of 15-inch rollers. These gentlemen are doing good work for the farmers, and have acquired a very favorable reputation. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Gattermeir were born five children, viz.: Bernhard M., Henry E., Margaret Anna, Allie J. and Almon G., the last two being twins, and were born July 3, 1885.

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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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