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August Lueders


August Lueders, a general merchant of Frohna, Mo., of the firm of Leuders & Goehring, is one of the prominent business men of Southeast Missouri. He was born in the Kingdom of Hanover in 1836, and is a son of Henry and Augusta Lueders (see sketch of William A. Lueders). August Lueders was the second child of the family.

In 1850 when fourteen years of age, he came to America, landing at Wittenberg, Mo. He labored under many disadvantages, being a poor boy and unacquainted with the language and customs of this country, but he possessed an unusual amount of energy and determination.

Early in life, he manifested a taste for merchandising and had sold goods in the fatherland when twelve years of age. Immediately after landing at Wittenberg he went to St. Louis, where for three years he was employed as clerk in a mercantile house.

At the expiration of that time he came to Frohna, Mo., and commenced business for himself in a log cabin with a capital of $35. About one year later he built a frame store building to which he made several additions and used for his business until 1882. It still stands as a monument of enterprise for its day.

Mr. Lueders’ business in shipping grain has been immense in the past, his annual shipments amounting to $90,000. He built his present commodious business house in 1882, which is conceded to be one of the best in Southeast Missouri. On the 1st of January, 1888, Ferdinand E. Goehring and Charles Lueders became partners in the business. In March of this year the firm opened a branch store at what is known as "Seventy-six Landing", Mo., and he is preparing to do all of his shipping from that point.

In 1855, Mr. Lueders was united in marriage with Mary Roth, who was born in Byrne, Germany, in 1835. To them have been born twelve children, nine sons and three daughters. Those living are Mary, Charles, Henry, Theodore, Louis, Anna, August, Martin Edward and Paul.

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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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