JOHN R. HASSLER, blacksmith at Williamsburg, is a son of John and Elizabeth (Dowd) Hassler, who came to Missouri from Tennessee in 1834, and settled in the northeastern part of the county, where Mrs. H. died. Subsequently Mr. H. went to Montgomery county and then to Pike county, where he lived until his death. John R. was the third of eight children, only five of whom are now living, and was born in Tennessee on the 26th of April, 1834. The other four are Samuel C. and Michael J. in Pike county; James M. in Oregon, and Francis M. in Montgomery county. John R. was reared at home on the farm until fifteen years of age, when he entered the shop of T.D. Bishop, near Shamrock, to learn the blacksmith's trade, where he worked as an apprentice for three years. He afterwards continued in the shop with Mr. Bishop until 1866, improving a farm, also, in the meantime, near the shop. Mr. Bishop then retired from the shop, and Mr. Hassler carried it on up to 1878. He then came to Williamsburg, where he has since continued to carry on a shop. Mr. Hassler is a skilful blacksmith and a popular man, and has a fine run of custom. He still owns his farm of 120 acres, near his former place of business, and has his farm rented out. On the 21st of February, 1856, Mr. Hassler was married to Miss Mary J. Bishop, daughter of T.D. Bishop, his old tutor in the blacksmith trade, and one of the highly respected citizens of the neighborhood. She was born on the 23d of November, 1840. Mr. and Mrs. H. have had a family of eight children: Dora A. died in 1873, in her seventeenth year; Tyra B. married Dora A. Crump, and now working with his father; William Samuel, also with his father; Rebecca J., at home; James W., died in infancy; Mary Viola, John Edward, and Maggie Caroline, all at home. Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Christian church at Liberty, and Mr. H. is a Mason at Martinsburg, Audrain county.
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