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Prof. George M. Beyer


Prof. George M. Beyer, the teacher in the first class room of the Lutheran School, at Altenburgh, Mo., was born in 1842. He is a son of John P. and Anna M. Beyer. John P. Beyer was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, in 1805, and was a boot and shoe maker.

In 1851, he with his whole family immigrated to America, and located at Fort Wayne, Ind. Later he removed to Kendallville, Ind., where he died in 18979.

To him and wife were born thirteen children, of whom Prof. George M. is the seventh. He was educated in the Lutheran Teacherís Seminary, at Fort Wayne, Ind., graduating in 1859. He began teaching school in the Lutheran School, at Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he remained four years.

He then came to Altenburgh, where for twenty-five years he has been employed to instruct the youth. Some of the children of his first pupils here have graduated from his school, and in the natural course of events the third generation will pass before him for instruction. He is teaching both English and German, and his success as an educator is best attested by the length of time he is retained in one community.

He was married in 1864 to Sarah E. Kramer, who was born in Altenburgh on February 9, 1844, and to them have been born eight children: John F. G., a minister in the Lutheran Church, Clara, Emma, Sarah , Lina, Paul, Jane and Constantine.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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