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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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L. N. Musser, prosecuting attorney of Miller County, was born in Pine Grove Mills, Centre Co., Penn., Sept. 5, 1856, and is the son of Jonathan and Matilda (Stover) Musser, both natives of Pennsylvania. The Stovers are of an old Maryland family, and the Mussers are of an old Pennsylvania family. Jonathan Musser is a tanner by trade, and owned and ran a steam tannery in Tyrone, Blair Co., Penn., for a number of years. He afterward moved to Centre County, Penn., where he now resides, and is engaged in farming. His son, L. N, Musser, was reared in Centre County, Penn., was educated at Pine Grove Mills Academy, and later attended the Pennsylvania State College, twelve miles from Bellefonte, the county seat of Centre County, Penn. He was reared on the farm until eighteen years of age, when, he began teaching school, and followed this business until March, 1878, He then went to Saline County, Kan., where he took a normal course, and also taught one year. He then removed to Smith County, Kan., where he entered 160 acres of land and began improving it. October 31, 1879, he was married to Miss Catherine R. Krebs, daughter of John F. and Annie Krebs, of Centre County, Penn., at Beloit, Mitchell Co., Kan., taking her to his home in Smith County, Kan., where they resided until October 26, 1880, when Mrs. Musser died, leaving as the fruits of their union an infant child three weeks old, named Anna Modra. Becoming dissatisfied with his place after the death of his wife, he sold out and took his child and wife’s body back to his old home in Pennsylvania; the former to be reared, and the latter to be buried among her friends. There he remained until in September, 1882, he came to Miller County, Mo., locating at Aurora Springs, and began reading law with Col. J. H. Stover. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1885, at Versailles, Morgan Co., Mo., and in the May following he went back to his home in Pennsylvania, where he visited until May, 1886. He then returned to Tuscumbia, formed a partnership with C. E. Jones under the firm name of Jones & Musser, and was assistant prosecuting attorney. The partnership was dissolved at Mr. Jones’ death in December, 1886, and in November, 1888, Mr. Musser was elected prosecuting attorney, which office he now fills. He owns town property in Aurora Springs, and is one of the representative men of the county. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge at Aurora Springs. Mr. Musser is well adapted to his profession, and is quite successful at the same.

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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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