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William Sandler


William Sandler, an enterprising farmer of Perry County, Mo., resides four miles north of Perryville, was born in St. Louis on December 18, 1842. He is a son of John and Margaret (Schubas) Sandler, natives of Germany, who immigrated to the United States in 1841, and settled in St. Louis.

In 1848 they removed to Perry County, Mo., and made a location in Bois Brule Township, where Mr. Sandler became the owner of 135 acres of land. He died in 1882 at the age of sixty-four years. His widow died in 1883, aged sixty-three years.

To them were born eleven children, five of whom are dead. Those living are Christine, wife of Edward Dolewalt; Ann, wife of August Strouse; Barbara, wife of Jonathan Preston; John, Peter and William.

William was but an infant when his parents removed to Perry County. He grew to manhood on his fatherís farm, and in 1870 married Ann Boxdorffer, a daughter of Gottlieb Boxdorfer. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1851.

In 1868, Mr. Sandler purchased 134 acres where he now resides, and on which he has made valuable improvements. In politics he endorses and supports the principles of the Republican party. He and his family are members of the Lutheran Church.

He and wife have a family of eight children, as follows: Margaret, Louise, Gottlieb, August, Clara, Anna, Edwin and Wiley.

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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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