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Joseph A. Ernst, editor of the Ste. Genevieve Herald, is a native of Germany, born at Luetkeneder, Westphalia, December 10, 1836. He is a son of Francis and Mary Ann (Wilmes) Ernst. The former was a carpenter and builder in his native country. His son, Joseph Ernst, received a thorough education at the College of Paderborn, Westphalia, and graduated in the classical course in 1857. One year later he came to America, landed at New York City and at once proceeded westward to Alton, Ill., where he remained but a short time. He then went to Cincinnati, where he followed the profession of a school teacher, and while there met Miss Adaline M. Hechinger, whom he married in 1865. She was the daughter of Protase and Abigail (Lord) Hechinger, and was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1843. To their marriage were born nine children, two sons and one daughter now living. After teaching for some time in Cincinnati, Mr. Ernst moved to Indiana and taught here for several years. In 1868 he came to Ste. Genevieve and until 1887 taught school in this county. He then abandoned school teaching and gave his undivided attention to the Herald, of which he had become owner and manager in 1882. Mr. Ernst is a Republican in his political views, but his paper is an independent organ. He and wife are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.


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