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Henry Pingel


Henry Pingel, a substantial farmer of Cinque Homme Township, Perry Co., Mo., was born on his father’s farm in Perry County in 1850. His parents, Anton and Theresa (Wiedenbusch) Pingel were natives of Prussia, who were married in 1849.

Anton Pingel was born in 1825, and after receiving a good education learned the blacksmith’s trade. The same year in which he was married he embarked with his wife for America, and landed at New Orleans. From thence he came to Perry County, Mo., and entered eighty acres of land, to which he afterward added sixty more, all being good bottom land.

Here he lessted? and reared his family of nine children, viz.: Henry, Theresa (now the wife of Anton Budenholzer, of Madison County, Mo.), Anton F., Mary (who died when a child), Joseph, Anna (the wife of Barney Baudendistle), Frank A., Mary E. (wife of John T. Budenholzer) and Barney (who died in 1887). Henry grew up on the farm and received his education in the county schools.

In 1878 he was united in marriage with Barbara Hernerick, a native of the county after which he removed to his present farm, which he had previously purchased. He and wife are members of the Catholic Church, and are the parents of five children, viz.: Theresa, John, Henry, Rosa and Christina. In politics Mr. Pingel is a supporter of the Democratic party.

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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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