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Frederick Boehme


Frederick Boehme was born in the Kingdom of Saxony in 1830, and is the eldest of three children born to Frederick and Julia (Miller) Boehme, both natives of Saxony.

Frederick Boehme was reared on his fatherís farm in Germany, and learned the tannerís trade. He was the first one of the family to leave the Fatherland and come to America to seek his fortune. He landed in New York in 1853, and spent several months in the United States and Canada, working at his trade, at which he was very successful.

He then returned to Germany, and paid his way out of the army, he having not yet served the required time. On being released from the army he and a brother came back to America, the former securing work at his trade in Buffalo, N. Y., and the latter engaging in work n a farm. After leaving Buffalo, Frederick worked at his trade in various cities in Canada, Wisconsin and Illinois.

While in Galena, Ill., he applied to U. S. Grant, then proprietor of a tannery, for work he afterward worked in St. Louis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Trenton, after which he spent a few months visiting in his native land. Returning to New York, he was successively in Buffalo, Canada, Milwaukee, Chicago, Dubuque and Sioux City. He then went to Dakota and took up two claims of land.

From thence he came to Missouri and located permanently in Perry County. He has 682 acres of land two miles from Bailyís Landing, on which have been found zinc, galena and lead.

In 1861, Mr. Boehme was united in marriage with Caroline Eikeham, also a native of Saxony, born in 1845. To their union have been born eight children, viz.: August, Catharine, Giltie, Adoph, Sophia, Ottilie, Julia and Patti.

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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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