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Henry G. Kiesler


Henry G. Kiesler, general insurance agent of Perryville, Mo., was born in Grevesmshien, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, April 27, 1848, and came to the United States with his parents in 1851. He received his education in the public schools of Bay City, Mich, and La Porte, Ind.

At the age of fifteen years he commenced to learn the tinnerís trade as an apprentice and served three years, on at New Carlisle, Ind., and two years at Fond du Lac, Wis. In 1866 he came to Perryville, Mo., and engaged in the stove and tin business with his uncle F. G. Kiesler, and after one year he purchased his uncles interest and did business on his ownresponsibility. In 1869 his brother-in-law John Hooss, became a partner, but in 1871 the firm sold out to O. C. Nabert.

In 1875, Mr. Kiesler became interested in the insurance business and since that time has devoted his time and attention to it. He has the district agency for Southeast Missouri for the German Insurance Company of Freeport, Ill., also represents the American Central of St. Louis, Hartford Fire, Phoenix of Hartford, Home of New York and others, and the Equitable Life Insurance Company of New York, and the Standard Accident Insurance Company of Michigan. He is the only general insurance agent in Perryville, and does a large business in Southeast Missouri. Mr. Kiesler is president of the Planana Mining & Smelting Company, which was organized in May, 1888, for the purpose of operating the lead mines located about six miles southwest of Perryville.

In February 1870, he married Miss Louise Hooss, who was born in 1852 in the "White House", now Hooss Hotel, in Perryville. They have four children: Henry, Adolph, Mary and Edward. Mrs. Kiesler is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Politically Mr. Kiesler 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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