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Joseph G. Weinhold


Joseph G. Weinhold, of the firm of Estell & Weinhold, Wittenberg, Perry Co., Mo., was born in the county in 1844. His father, a native of the Kingdom of Saxony, came to Perry County with the colony in 1839.

He was by trade a miller and millwright, and worked as a carpenter and millwright until 1851, when he rented Wilkinson's Mill. By his skill this was made a paying enterprise both to him and the owner of the mill. (For more extended mention of him, see sketch preceding this.)

Judge Weinhold attended the schools of Altenburg until he was fourteen years old, after which he spent two years at a college in St. Louis. He then became an apprentice in the milling business, and in 1863 he returned to Frohna and assisted his father in the erection of the mills at that place. Three years later he assisted his father in erecting a mill at Wittenberg, of which he has since become one of the proprietors. These mills have a reputation equal to that of Frohna Mills, and the flour ground here has received the highest award at several State fairs. The roller process was adopted in 1881, and the annual shipments now amount to from 22,000 to 25,000 barrels.

Judge Weinhold is held in high esteem by the citizens of Perry County, and has served for six years as judge of the county court. He has also been justice of the peace for several terms, and is now notary public. He is a staunch Democrat, and is the present chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Perry County.

He was married in 1862 to Mary Bretcher, who was born in St. Louis in 1845. They have a family of eight children: Emily, Dora, Agnes, Josephine, Martha, Cora, Lydia and Adele.

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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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