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Thomas Hooss


Thomas Hooss, collector of Perry County, Mo., was born in Perryville, Mo., on January 8, 1844. He is a son of Henry and Barbara (Fath) Hooss, natives of Hesse Cassel and Bavaria, Germany, respectively.

Henry Hooss was born on September 9, 1810, and in 1839 immigrated to the United States. Upon landing he made a location in Baltimore, Md., and in 1841 was married at Kaskaskia, Ill. In 1842 he settled at Perryville, Mo., and the next year erected the "White House," of which he was proprietor until his death on December 28, 1868.

His wife was born on August 15, 1822, and came to the United States in 1839. She still survives and is the mother of eight living children, viz.: Thomas, Lena (wife of John Dewein), Barbara (widow of Joseph F. Huber), John, Henry, Louise (wife of Henry G. Kiesler), Louis P. and Charles A.

Thomas grew to manhood until his father's death, when he became proprietor of the "White House," now known as the "Hooss Hotel." He continued as proprietor of the hotel until 1872, when he rented a brewery, which he operated for three years, after which he clerked in a flouring-mill a year. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of the county and re-elected in 1882. In 1884 he was elected to his present office and re-elected in 1886. He has filled the position in a manner very satisfactory to his constituents.

His marriage with Mary J. Cadenbach was celebrated in 1865. She was born in the Kingdom of Prussia in 1844, and came to the United States when but two years of age. To this union have been born six children: Emma, Rosa, Josephine, Amelia, Ida and Julia.

Mr. Hooss is a member of the Masonic lodge and of the A. O. U. W.

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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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