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John C. Doerr


John C. Doerr, salesman for William Furth of Perryville, was born in the Kingdom of Prussia in 1833. He is the son of Andrew and Christina Doerr, and a brother of Louis Doerr. When his parents arrived in America, John C. was only two years of age.

He remained at home on the farm until reaching the age of seventeen, when he entered the store of Rozier and Wilkinson, and proving an efficient salesman, remained with them ten years.

After marriage, in partnership with Zeno Brown, he established a general store at St. Mary's, but four years later sold his interest to his brother Louis, and returning to Perryville he formed a partnership with Barney Cissell in the same business. He continued a member of the firm for four years, and for an equal term was associated with his brother Louis. In 1879, he accepted his present position with Mr. Furth. He is one of the best salesmen in Perryville, and has a wide acquaintance in Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties.

About ten years ago, Mrs. Doerr established the Doerr Hotel, which she has conducted with great satisfaction to the travelling public.

Mr. Doerr was married on October 4, 1859, to Mrs. Louise Mattingly, a daughter of Robert Greenwell. She is a native of the County and was born in 1832. They have two children living, Julia Ann, wife of P. L. Halbrook, and William J.

Politically, Mr. Doerr is a Democrat and socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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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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