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Gottlob Kammerer, dealer in stoves and tinware, etc., at Ste. Genevieve, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, January 16, 1843, and is the son of Gottlob and Ana F. (Hack) Kammerer, both worthy people of Wurtemberg, Germany. The father was a shoemaker by occupation, and followed his trade in Wurtemberg for many years. He is now living in his native country at the advanced age of seventy-eight. Gottlob, Jr., at the age of fifteen began learning the tinner’s trade, serving as an apprentice three years, at the end of which time he became a journeyman, traveling through Germany, Switzerland and France. In 1864 he became a soldier in the German army, and was honorably discharged in 1866. The same year he started for America, landed in New York, and from there he went to Philadelphia, where he remained two years. In 1868 he went to Quincy, Ill. In 1869 he married Mrs. Anna E. Itterlein, the widow of John Itterlein, and the daughter of Kilian Schuhmacher. Two children, both daughters, were born to this union. In March, 1870, he moved to Ste. Genevieve, where he engaged in farming. In 1876 he moved to the city of Ste. Genevieve and here established his present business. Mr. Kammerer is a Republican in politics, and he and family are members of the Lutheran Church, of which he has been secretary and trustee since 1878.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Housand Kenner, farmer, was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., April 15, 1829, and is the son of Francis and Elizabeth (Pillars) Kenner. Francis Kenner was born near Rogersville, Tenn., his parents having emigrated from England and settled in Hawkins County, Tenn., in 1784. He was sixteen years old when his father died, and he being one of the younger sons, started out to seek a home in the great West. He arrived at New Madrid in 1801, and two years later he purchased 640 acres on the Cedar fork of Saline Creek, Perry County. The following year he located in Ste. Genevieve County, on the farm now owned by his son, Housand. June 14, 1804, he married and built a house on the Big Saline. Here he was successfully engaged in farming, and in speculating in land, owning at one time 2,700 acres. He was a breeder of fine horses and kept several fast horses. In June, 1811, the creek overflowed its banks and destroyed his crops, the water being two feet deep in his house. There are yet apple trees on the farm which were set out by him in 1807. He died December 30, 1830, leaving his family a fine property in land and slaves. His wife, Elizabeth Pillars, was born in Kaskaskia, Ill., and was of Scotch extraction. She was the mother of sixteen children, only two now living: Housand and William B. She died March 15, 1847. Housand Kenner was educated in the private schools, and attended the same under a teacher hired by his mother and one of her neighbors. He attended one session at Lebanon, Ill., and two years at a school in Ste. Genevieve County. After his school days were over he followed trading two years, buying and shipping stock to New Orleans. He was married, in January, 1851, to Miss Ophelia Duvall, of Ste. Genevieve County, and settled on the farm where he was born and reared. He is a farmer and has been a breeder of fine stock, and continues to handle stock on quite an extensive scale. He went overland to California in 1852, followed mining, at which he was very successful, and brought home some thousands of dollars in gold in 1854. He has since traveled through a number of the other States. He now owns 720 acres of land, over 200 acres under cultivation. His wife was born in Ste. Genevieve in 1835 and is of French extraction. To their union were born six children: Emily P. and Minnie died in infancy; Eliza, wife of R.L. Sutherland, judge of the county court of St. Francois County; James F.; Mary Jane and Dr. Edwin B. Mr. Kenner has given his children excellent educational advantages.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Mathew Klein, dealer in and manufacturer of boots and shoes at Ste. Genevieve, was born in Baden, Germany, December 2, 1826, and is the son of Michael and Helena (Schindler) Klein, both natives of Germany. The father was a boot and shoe dealer and manufacturer in the city of Baden. He came to America in 1856 and settled in Ste. Genevieve, where he died in 1865, at the age of sixty-five years. His wife had died in Germany in 1849 at the age of forty-seven. Their son, Mathew, whose name heads this sketch, learned his father’s trade, and in 1854 immigrated to New Orleans, and on the 4th of March he went by boat to St. Louis and from there to Ste. Genevieve, where he has since remained, with the exception of two and a half years that he spent in Farmington, Mo. His present business he established in October, 1856, and February 12 of the next year he married Miss Teresa Rieger, a native of Baden, Germany, who came to America in 1856. To them have been born two sons and two daughters. December 17, 1887, Mrs. Klein died, and was interred in the Catholic cemetery at Valle Spring. In political matters Mr. Klein supports the Republican party, and he has served for nine years as a member of the board of aldermen. He and family worship at the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

 

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