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August Klump


August Klump, an enterprising and prosperous farmer of Perry County, Missouri, residing one and one-half miles northeast of Perryville, born where he now resides, in June 1838.

His parents Anton and Tresa Klump were born in the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1802 and 1805 respectively. They were married in 1831, and immediately set sail for America. They first located in Pennsylvania, where their first child, Anton was born.

In 1833 they removed to Perry County, Missouri and settled on the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch. When they reached this county they had but 28 dollars, but they commenced work at once with willing hands, and soon had a good home. Mr. Klump finally became the owner 728 acres of good land, of which he gave liberally to his children.

He died on January 16, 1875, and his wife in 1856. They are the parents of six boys who grew to manhood and still survive. Their names are: Anton, Joseph, Andrew, August, Ferdinand and William.

August worked for his father until he was twenty-six years of age, when he married Frances Hoffman, a native of the county, born on November 29, 1845, and a daughter of John Hoffman. Seven children have been born to their union, Tresa, John, Leo, Mary (wife of James Merritt McCauley), Emil, Frank and Annie.

After his marriage Mr. Klump located on a farm of 100 acres, four miles northeast of Perryville, which was given him by his father. In 1877 he purchased the old homestead of 170 acres, on which he still resides.

He has met with deserved success in business, and has a nice home and 467 acres of fine land. In religion he and family are adherents of the Catholic Church, and 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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