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The Weinhold Bros.


Among the industries of Southeast Missouri which demand attention both for its past history and present prosperous condition is the Frohna Steam Flour Mills, of which Weinhold Bros. are the present proprietors.

The mill was founded in 1863 by their father H. Weinhold. By the aid of his superior skill, the flour produced by this mill was awarded the highest premiums at the following places: Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair, St. Louis, in may 1864: St. Louis fairs of 1869 and 1871, and also at the third annual fair held at New Orleans in 1869. In fact the flour ground by this mill has been awarded the highest premium in every place at which it has been exhibited.

The mills were run under the old system until the invention of the new process, when that was adopted. The sons, inheriting the propensities of their father, since taking charge of the mills have done an extensive mercantile business, shipping flour to the important cities and business points up and down the Mississippi River. It is stated by them that the fame of the Frohna Mills is not only due to superior skill in milling but partly due to the fine quality of wheat grown in Southeast Missouri.

The proprietors stand in the front rank of men of enterprise and intelligence in Southeast Missouri. H. Weinhold, their father, was a miller of national renown, having erected many mills. The mills which he erected at Cape Girardeau ground the flour that took the prize at the Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia, and the World's Fair at Vienna, Austria.

H. Weinhold was a native of Germany born in the Kingdom of Saxony on October 17, 1817. He landed in America on January 1, 1839. After coming to Perry County, Mo., he was married to Christine Walther, also a natrive of Saxony, born on June 8 1812. She is still living and is the mother of four children. After a life well spent, one of constant enterprises crowned with success, H. Weinhold died in 1871.

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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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