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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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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ALBERT F. DRESEL, M. D. Few, perhaps, of the many physicians belonging to the fraternity in Sedalia have risen to such high prominence in as short a space of time as has the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is a young man of natural genius, and his ability was clearly recognized when he was made President of the Pettis County Medical Society, and Secretary of the Central District Medical Association of Missouri. Like a true citizen and patriot, he takes great interest in whatever pertains to the welfare of the public, and is identified with the Republicans. He has served on the City Central Committee, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedalia Flambeau Club, and was Secretary of the Garfield Republican Club.

The Doctor is a son of Rev. Theodore and Albertina Dresel, and was born in Louisville, Ky., July 1, 1862. His education was received in Brooklyn, N. Y., and his initial studies in medicine were, under the instruction of Prof. James R. Wood, M. D., of New York City. In 1880 he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College, from which celebrated institution he was graduated in the spring of 1883, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. In order to obtain practical experience, he spent the next year in dispensary work, after which he took a six-months post-graduate course in the New York Polyclinic. In 1884 he engaged in practice in Newark, N. J., where he remained but two years.

Being assured that the West afforded better opportunities for a young man of ambition and enterprise. Dr. Dresel went to Louisville, where he was a resident for eight months. From that time until 1889 he was engaged in practice in Goddard, Kan. Then, coming to Sedalia, he opened an office at No. 108 West Main Street, over Bard’s drug store, and has since conducted a general practice. In the spring of 1895 he was honored by being appointed one of the Directors of the Sedalia Public (Free) Library, and was one of the foremost promoters of the Central District Medical Association, doing all the clerical work. His associates in this enterprise were physicians of Boonville, and he is now serving in the capacity of Secretary. For two years he was Secretary of the Pettis County Medical Society, of which he is now President, and is a permanent member of the State Medical Association. He was also chosen to serve on the Committee on Necrology from the Sixth Congressional District.

In June, 1887, Dr. Dresel was united in marriage with Fannie Rehm, who was born in Louisville, and who is a daughter of Louis and Theresa Rehm. The young couple have one child, Ruth T., who is the pride and joy of their home. The parents are members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Doctor being Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Judging by what he has accomplished in his brief medical career, he is bound to come to the front, and at no distant date be numbered among the ablest practitioners of the country.

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