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Below is a family biography included in The History of Newton 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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Frederick Bushner. The lesson that Mr. Bushner’s career teaches is that industry, close attention to business, good executive ability and frugality will in the end succeed. Like so many citizens of foreign birth, he has, by his own exertion and merits, risen to an honorable position of prominence and worth in the agricultural affairs of the county, and is now accounted one of the reliable men of the community. He was born in Germany, in April, 1831, and is the son of Otto F. W. and Sophia Bushner (in German, Prushner), natives of the same country. Frederick remained in his native country until twenty-two years of age (in 1853), when he came to the United States. While in Germany he learned the brick mason’s trade, also farmed in early life, and after coming to the United States he worked for two years in ore mines and twenty-two years in coal mines in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and in 1878 settled in Newton County, where he purchased land and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He now owns 420 acres of land, all the result of his own industry and economy. He has proven himself a man of good practical judgment, honest and upright in his business transactions, and universally respected. His farm is one of the best managed in the county, and he has constructed a stone wall of about 500 feet that is a marvel, and excites the surprise of all who are familiar with its size. It is fifteen feet at the base, and is sunk three feet in the earth, in which are rocks weighing from four to five tons. It is eight feet above the ground, tapering from base so that it is about five feet wide at the top. Mr. Bushner was married November 22, 1853, to Miss Phebe Buhlender, a native of Germany, and they have eight children: John, Frederick W., George, Jacob, William, Charlie, Daniel and Maggie.

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