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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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BAER BROTHERS, millers, proprietors of Falls Mills, Covington. This mill is one of the early industries of the vicinity of Covington; it was built by George W. Smith, of Dayton, in 1838; Mr. S. came here in 1837 with skilled help (he never resided here, but did business here several years), and first built a saw-mill, which he used to prepare the material for a flour-mill and distillery, both of which he completed and operated; the present firm, Baer Brothers, came into possession in 1875; H. H. Baer, the senior member, began milling here in 1869, first learned the business, then operated the mill on shares, and, in 1875, the brother, B. F., became associated with him; they have improved the mill by placing in new machinery, including the “patent process,” and they now have capacity to grind 200 bushels of grain per day; the power is supplied by Greenville Creek, and the whole machinery driven by a thirty-inch wheel, which is of the famous “Ross Patent” pattern; the mill is situated on the pike, just below the beautiful Greenville Falls, which gives them twenty-eight feet head and fall; Baer Brothers are young men of ability, possessed of the experience and knowledge to make a success, which is already proven by the large patronage they are receiving.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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