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Casimir Chappius


Casimir Chappius was born in France in 1837, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1852. His father and mother, Francis and Elizabeth (Bessand) Chappius were born in France in 1800 and 1802 respectively.

Francis Chappius settled on a farm of 120 acres, 3 miles south of Perryville, on which he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, he passing away in 1858 and she 2 years previous. They had seven children born to them, only two of whom are living. Josie (wife of Albert Prost) and Casimir.

The latter grew to manhood on his father's farm and in 1860 married Apoline Besand, also a native of France, born in 1839. She came to Perry County in 1840. After his marriage, Mr. Chappius purchased 120 acres near the old home place on which he resided four years, when he sold out and purchased 160 acres one mile north of Perryville, a fine farm with good improvements, on which he still resides.

Since he was 18 years of age he has been engaged in threshing grain and in connection with his farming interests, and in 1874 purchased a steam engine. The first one in Perry County. Five years later he bought a traction engine, and now has one of the best outfits in the district.

To him and his wife have been born six children, who names are Mary, Jule, Louis, Harsan, Leo, and Victor. All are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Mr. Chappius commenced business life as a poor man, he has been successful and has a good home, which is due to industry and good management. In politics he is a Republican.

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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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