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George Neubeck


George Neubeck, a general merchant of Altenburgh, Mo., was born in 1836, in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and is the son of Jacob and Barbara Neubeck, both of whom were also natives of Bavaria. Jacob Neubeck was born in 1800, and was a farmer by vocation. He died in his native country in 1842, leaving a widow and three children. His widow married again and became the mother of one child by her second husband.

George Neubeck was educated in Germany, but left the fatherland when seventeen years of age, and embarked for America, being the first one of his family to immigrate thither. Not being acquainted with the language and customs of the United States he labored under many disadvantages, but he stopped in St. Louis and engaged as an apprentice at the cabinet maker and carpenter’s trade. After serving two years he began working at his trade for himself, at which he continued in St. Louis for twelve years, three years of which he kept a furniture store. he sold his stock of furniture, and removed to Birmingham, Perry County, where he became proprietor of a general merchandise store. In 1868 he removed his stock of goods to Altenburgh, where he has since been doing a good business.

In 1869, he married Joanna Kross, also of German nativity, by whom he is the father of five children:" Concordia, Bertha, Emma, Louisa and Antoinette. All are members of the Lutheran Church.

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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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