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Alban Prost


Alban Prost, a substantial farmer of Perry County, Mo., residing four and one half miles southwest of Perryville, is a native of France, born in 1832, and is a son of John A. and Genesure (Rousallion) Prost (see sketch of Claude U. Prost).

Alban Prost was nine years of age when he came to Perry County and located with his parents on a farm, on which he grew to manhood. In 1853 he was united in marriage with Mary J. Chappuis also a native of France who was born in 1831 and came to the United States in 1852. Their union has been blessed by the birth of nine children, who are living: Donalle, wife of Alfred Falvre, Zoa, wife of James Greene; Rosallie, wife of Joseph Falvre; Louis, Alfred, Felix, Marcillene, Millie and Jule.

After his marriage Mr. Prost located on the farm is his present home. It consists of 900 acres of good land upon which are indications of rich copper deposits. In politics he endorsed and supports the principles of the Republican party, and he and his family are communicants of the Roman Catholic 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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