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Maurus Biehle


Maurus Biehle a successful merchant of Cinque Homme Township Perry Co, Mo., is a son of Joseph and Francisca (Berhle) Biehle both natives of Baden, Germany. Joseph Biehle was born in 1795, and was educated according to the German law.

At the age of fifteen years he began learning the trade of making spinning wheels, which he finished, and at the age of twenty-one, was drafted into the army in which he served eight years. When twenty nine years of age he immigrated to the United States. Landing in new Orleans he came on to land.
M. Biehle

He and wife were the parents of four children, of whom Maurus was the eldest. He was born in Germany in 1821, and was educated and served an apprenticeship at the stone masonís trade before coming to America in 1839. He entered the store of his uncle, Moreitz Berhle, of Perry County, and remained as a clerk five years.

He then engaged in the mercantile business for himself on the old homestead, his present location. He has a nice store building, warehouse, a good residence and other buildings, and has been very successful in business. He also owns a farm of 800 acres, with 300 under cultivation.

In 1846 he was married to Tereashie Winner, of German origin, who was born and educated in Perry County, Mo. She died in 1857, leaving two children, Tereashie and Mary.

Mr. Biehle afterward married Agnes Ernst, by whom he is the father of eight children: Joe, Charles, August, Maurest, Henry, and William. The other two died, one in infancy and the other at the age of seventeen years.

Mr. Biehle is well respected by all who know him, and is a member of the Catholic Church. His political views accord with the principles of the Republican party.

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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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