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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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W. P. Albert, proprietor of a dry goods store at Seneca, Newton Co., Mo., established the said store in August, 1884, at its present location. The building is 24x60 feet in ground area, and the stock is composed of dry goods, boots and shoes, clothing, etc. Mr. Albert was born at a point about four miles from Seneca, in Newton County, Mo. November 23, 1857, and is the son of Fredrick and Elizabeth (Patton) Albert. The father was a native of Virginia, where he was reared, and where he married Miss Patton. Soon after his marriage he removed to Tennessee, and from there to near Libertyville, St. Francois Co., Mo., and thence, two years later, to Fredericktown. Some time in the fifties he came to Newton County, and there died shortly afterward. His widow is a resident of Newton County. Their son, W. P., received his education in the schools of Seneca and Racine, was reared to farm life, and in 1872 began clerking for his brother, J. T. Albert. In 1879 he started for himself in general mercantile business, but in 1884 the building was destroyed by fire. In the same year he erected his present place and again engaged in business in August. Mr. Albert was married September 7, 1879, to Mrs. Wilhelmina Holm, nee Pranter, widow of Carl Holm. Her parents, who were of German descent, came to this country from Vienna, Austria, locating in Newton County, Mo., in 1870, but afterward removing to Springfield, where they now reside. Mr. and Mrs. Albert are the parents of the following named children: Ethelind N., Eric O. and Gerald. Mrs. Albert is the mother of one child, Caslie, by her first husband. Mr. Albert is a member of the I. O. O. F. and has passed all the chairs in Seneca Lodge No. 255. He is a Democrat.

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