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Mrs. Theckla Falk, dealer in general merchandise at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., also dealer in dry goods, boots and shoes, lumber, etc., is a native of Germany, born in Baden September 29, 1833, and is the daughter of Bernhard and Rozina (Duffner) Deck. In 1854 Mrs. Falk crossed the ocean to America, settled in Belleville, Ill., and there remained six years. While in France she became acquainted with Mr. Jacob Falk whom she married October 29, 1854, and by whom she had seven children, an interesting family of two sons and two daughters now living. In the year 1860 she came to Ste. Genevieve, and in 1875 established the present business at which she has been very successful. The family are well respected and are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Francis C. Faller, merchant and postmaster at New Offenburg, was born in Ste. Genevieve County in 1837, and is the son of Charles and Magdalene (Ehret) Faller. The father was born in Baden, Germany, in 1799 and was educated according to the laws of the country. He then learned the weaver’s trade, came to America in 1834, landed at New York and came from there to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., where he purchased eighty acres. He married Miss Ehret before coming to America and to them were born six children: The first died on the sea; Susan, the second child, married Felix Hogenmiller; Francis C.; Felix, deceased; Mary M., who was twice married, her first husband being Joseph Karl and her second Julius Hogenmiller, and the sixth child is Peter P. Charles Faller died on his farm in 1854 and his widow followed him in 1872. Francis C. Faller was educated in Ste. Genevieve County, and grew to manhood on the farm. At the age of thirty-two he left the farm and kept bar, to which in later years he added the mercantile business. In 1877 he abandoned the bar business. He was appointed postmaster, which office he still continues to hold. He was married in 1858 to Miss Josephine Gegg, of Ste. Genevieve County, who was educated in the same State and county. They are members of the Catholic Church, and he is a Democrat in politics.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

James Field, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Albemarle County, Va., May 2, 1819, and is the son of Ralph and Mildred (Wood) Field, both born and reared in Albemarle County, Va. The father was a farmer by occupation and received a good education. He was a captain in the War of 1812, and served from the beginning until the close of the war. He was the owner of a large plantation and of a gang of slaves. He made a specialty of tobacco raising. He died on his plantation in 1850. His wife was of Irish extraction and the mother of eight children – four boys and four girls. James Field grew to manhood on the plantation and received his education in the county where he was born. He left his home and came to Ste. Genevieve County, where he took charge of Col. Coffman’s plantation in 1844. Mr. Field took care of the Colonel during his sickness, and after his death he remained with his son, Judge Coffman, until 1860 when he purchased a farm of the Judge and began farming for himself. In 1863 he married Miss Josephine Griffith, of Ste. Genevieve County. She was of French extraction, and bore him two sons: John R. and James L. She died in 1872 and Mr. Field took for his second wife, Miss Mary Jackson, in 1873. Mr. Field has a fine farm of over 600 acres, all well improved and well stocked, and makes a specialty of fine stock raising. He has given his sons good educational advantages, and they are bright enterprising young men.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Joseph Flynn, editor of the Fair Play, at Ste. Genevieve, was born in Aglish, County of Waterford, Ireland, August 9, 1843, and is a son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Sullivan) Flynn, both worthy people of the Emerald Isle. Joseph Flynn, Sr., was a graduate of a college, and was a well educated man, especially conversant with the Greek, and Latin languages. He engaged as a private tutor in the families of the gentry, and subsequently became a national school teacher. Joseph Flynn, Jr., received a fair education in a national school, and was educated for the profession of teacher during two years at the Model School, Clonmel County, Tipperary, and for one year and a half at the Normal Training School, Dublin, Ireland. In 1869 he arrived with his mother in the United States, whither his five brothers had preceded him. Having taught as principal, several public and parochial schools in the States of New York, Connecticut and Maryland, he came to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 1880 to take charge of the Catholic High School. He was admitted to the bar in 1886, and in 1887 purchased and became editor of the Fair Play. In February, 1882, he married Miss Mary M. Roy, a native of Ste. Genevieve, of French extraction, and the daughter of Mr. Ferdinand A. Roy. Of this union were born four children, two sons and one daughter now living. Mr. Flynn is a Democrat in his political views, and he and his family are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

 

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