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Augustine S. Holster


Augustine S. Holster was born upon the farm where he now resides, on October 8, 1848. His parents, Andrew H. and Vinesse (Smith) Holster, were born in Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties respectively.

Peter Holster, the grandfather of Augustine, was born and married in Germany near the River Rhine, where he lived until after the birth of his three eldest children. The family immigrated to America, it is thought, in 1712. Upon their arrival they found themselves destitute of money, and Peter was obliged to earn the means to pay for the transportation of his family to Missouri. For several years he resided on the River Aux Vases in Ste. Genevieve County, but later removed to Perry County.

Andrew Holster purchased a farm about six miles from Perryville where he lived until about 1830, when he removed to the place now occupied by Augustine. The latter has been twice married. His first wife was Julia A. Tucker, who bore him one child who is deceased. In 1875 he wedded Sarah V. Tucker and to this union have been born five children, only one of whom Mary Angela, is living. She was born March 26, 1886.

Mr. Holster is an enterprising citizen.

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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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