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John Rauh, Jr.


John Rauh, Jr., a farmer of Central Township, Perry Co. Mo., residing three miles east of Perryville, was born October 5, 1842, within two miles of his present home. His parents, John Rauh, Sr., and Elizabeth (Behr) Rauh), were born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, January 24, 1814, and September 1, 1819, respectively.

In 1849, John Rauh, Sr. with his family left the fatherland and came to the United States settling in Perry County, Mo., four miles east of the county seat. He and wife still survive, and have six children living, viz: John, Kunendia (wife of William Holtman), Adam, Elizabeth (wife of Henry Boxdorfer), Dora (wife of Ferdinand Hoehn) and Annie (wife of Adam Knoll). John Rauh, Jr. was reared on the farm, making his home with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age.

During the war was a Union man, and in 1860 he enlisted in Company A, Fourth Regiment, Missouri State Militia, with which he remained seven months. He was then discharged but afterward joined Company B, Eighth Regiment and served seven months longer, his service being confined to the State of Missouri.

On January 3, 1861, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Lang, a daughter of John Lang. She was born January 2, 1845, in Perry County, Mo. In the same year, Mr. Rauh purchased 169 acres where he now resides and on which he at once located. In 1872 he erected a good brick residence at a cost of $1800. His farm is otherwise improved, being one of the best in the township. Mr. Rauh stands high in the estimation of his friends for honesty and good citizenship.

He and wife have had twelve children born to them as follows: Louise K. (wife of Charles Groh), Elizabeth M. (deceased); Henry J. (deceased), Pauline L. (deceased), Charles F., Emanuel M., Otto J., (deceased), William (deceased), Martin J., Alwin A., Anna M., and John E. All are consistent members of the Lutheran Church. In politics Mr. Rauh votes with the Republican 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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