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Gottlieb Rehm, dealer in wines, liquors, cigars, etc., was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., February 19, 1855, his parents being Simon and Mary A. (Huber) Rehm, both natives of Baden. They came to America about 1845 and settled in Ste. Genevieve, where the father followed his trade of cabinet maker. He died here in 1865 at the age of fifty. The mother is still living and is sixty-four years old. Of a family of three sons and six daughters Gottlieb is the fourth child. He began for himself at the age of fifteen by clerking in a grocery store in Memphis, Tenn., and later as barkeeper in the same city. In 1871 he returned to Ste. Genevieve and served as barkeeper in the Union Hall bar for two years. In 1873 he established himself at his present stand, and four years later he sold out and engaged in the livery business, at which he continued two years, when he became a member of the firm of Rehm & Wilder, ferrymen, who run the Little Rock ferry. January 25, 1875, he married Miss Sophia Wilder, a daughter of Henry and Annie (Rozier) Wilder, and a native of Ste. Genevieve. To them have been born three sons and two daughters. In the fall of 1887 Mr. Rehm returned to his present business. The family are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

James A. Rigdon, farmer, was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in October, 1816, and is one of the old and much respected citizens of the county. He is the son of James and Julia (Griffard) Ridgon. James Rigdon was a native of Maryland, and came to Ste. Genevieve County at an early day, settling in Ste. Genevieve Township, where he followed his trade as a millwright, after building a mill on the River Aux Vases. He died soon after the completion of the mill. To his marriage were born two children, James A. and a daughter who died when a small child. A few years after Mr. Rigdon’s death his widow married Peter Dagget, a native of Ste. Genevieve County. She died in 1838. James A. Rigdon received his education in the primitive manner of former times, and was but a small child when his father died. He made his home with his uncle a number of years, and in 1835 his mother purchased the farm upon which he is now living. He took charge of the place and in 1835 married Miss Josephine Kirchner, a native of Rhine, Germany. When she was about twelve years old her parents came to America and settled in Ste. Genevieve County. By her marriage she became the mother of fourteen children: Mary, wife of V. Gesey; Ellen M., wife of William Rudluff; Emily B., wife of John Harter; John L.; Joseph; Peter; Mary Ann, wife of Tobias Thomure; Felix J.; Rosale, wife of Joseph Gery; Lucinda L., widow of Walter Sharlock; Francis A.; Michael B., and two deceased. Mr. Rigdon settled on his farm when it had very little improvements. He has cleared it up and erected good buildings and fences. He has been successful in his business, and has added to his original farm until he now owns 400 acres of good land. His children have received good educations, and he has let them start out for themselves. Mr. Rigdon has fine prospects for a marble quarry on his farm, but has never worked it. For the past few years he has had poor health, and his sons, Felix and Joseph, have taken charge of the farm. His family attend the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Valentine Rottler, proprietor of the Ste. Genevieve City Brewery, is a native of Baden, Germany, born April 8, 1832 and is the son of Wendling and Catherine Rottler, also natives of Baden. In 1852, at the age of twenty, Valentine Rottler came to America, landed at New York and from there he went to Ste. Genevieve County, where he began to learn the trade of brewing. In 1854 he married Miss Mary Eastman, a native of Ste. Genevieve, and to them were born four sons and four daughters. In 1855 Mr. Rottler became a partner of the firm of Satz & Co., at New Offenburg, and later became sole proprietor. In 1872 he had his brewery burned, and he then removed to Ste. Genevieve and purchased a brewery in that city. In 1882 he purchased his present city property on which he built his fine house, one of the finest in the city. The following year he built a brewery, which was destroyed by fire October 25, 1886. He at once rebuilt and has now a fine substantial brick building, fully insured and having the latest and best machinery for the success of his business. He is a Republican politically, and he and family are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Gen. Firmin A. Rozier, an old and prominent citizen of Ste. Genevieve, was born in that town, July 31, 1820, and is the son of Ferdinand Rozier, who was born at Nantes, France, November 9, 1777, and whose brother was for many years the commercial judge of Nantes, and enjoyed a good reputation for talent and legal acquirements. Ferdinand received a good collegiate education, and at the age of twenty-five entered the French navy, where he remained for some time. April 12, 1806, he, in company with Audubon, the ornithologist, embarked for the United States, having previously visited this country in 1804. They remained in Pennsylvania for one year, and then, in the fall of 1807, they traveled overland to Pittsburg, where they embarked on a flat boat and floated down the Ohio River to Maysville, Ky., which they reached in September, 1807. Here they remained until 1810, and then purchased a keel boat and prepared to start on further expeditions. They loaded their boat with a stock of groceries and provisions, then started for Ste. Genevieve, Mo., which they reached and where they engaged in business. August 19, 1813, Ferdinand Rozier married Miss Constance Roy, a native of Fort Charters, Ill., born October 8, 1795. She died at the age of eighty-three and her husband at the age of eighty-six. They had at the time of their death ten children and 110 grand and great-grandchildren. Of the family of ten children – eight sons and two daughters – Firmin A. Rozier was the fourth child. At the age of twelve he was sent to St. Mary’s College, near Perryville, Mo., and from there to Bardstown College, Ky., in 1841. In 1846 he entered the Transylvanian Law School, at Lexington, Ky. At the breaking out of the Mexican War Mr. Rozier raised a company of troops, of which he was appointed captain and was stationed at Leavenworth, Kas., but later was appointed major-general of the Southeast Missouri Militia. After the war he returned and graduated from the school he had left. In 1845 he was a delegate to the convention at Memphis, Tenn., presided over by John C. Calhoun, for the improvement of the Mississippi River, and made a report before that body on the submerged lands of Missouri. In 1847 he located at Ste. Genevieve and began practicing law. In 1850 he married Miss Mary M. Valle, a native of Ste. Genevieve and a descendant of one of the early settlers of that county. They became the parents of six children. In 1850 Mr. Rozier was a candidate for Congress, but was defeated by a small majority. In 1856 he was elected to the State Legislature and served two sessions. In 1872 he was elected to the State Senate of Missouri, serving four years, and was chairman of the committee on mines and mining. Previous to this, in 1864, he was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention at Chicago, and Mr. Rozier has also served as mayor of Ste. Genevieve besides holding other offices of honor. One of his best efforts at Ste. Genevieve was the establishment of an academy for the education of young men. He devoted his time, talent and money for this institution until it closed at the breaking out of the late war.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Felix Rozier, one of Ste. Genevieve’s old and much respected citizens, was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., August 2, 1822, and is the son of Ferdinand (Roy) Rozier, whose sketch appears in that of Firmin A. Rozier. Felix received a thorough education, first under a private tutor, and finished at St. Mary’s College in Perry County, Mo. At the age of seventeen he left school and began clerking both here and at St. Louis. In 1845 he entered into partnership with his brother, Francis, and continued with him until the breaking out of the late war. He then became interested in mining, and is at present one of the principal owners and is president of the Valle Mining Company. Mr. Rozier has held various civil offices, such as mayor, alderman, etc., and is a man much esteemed throughout the county. September 23, 1845, he married Miss Louise Valle, a daughter of Jean Baptiste Valle and granddaughter of Col. John B. Valle, who is well known in the history of Ste. Genevieve. To Mr. and Mrs. Rozier were born ten children, five of whom are now living. Mr. Rozier was formerly a Whig is his political views, but is now a Democrat, and the family are devoted members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Charles C. Rozier, mayor of the city of Ste. Genevieve, was born in that city September 1, 1830, and is the son of Ferdinand and Constance (Roy) Rozier, of whom a sketch is given elsewhere. Charles C. Rozier, at the age of twelve years, was sent at The Bahrens, in Perry County, Mo. In 1844 the college was removed to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where it became known as St. Vincent’s College. From here he graduated in 1849. He then returned to his home and began reading law in the office of his brother, Gen. F.A. Rozier, where he remained about a year. In 1850 he purchased The Democrat, a weekly paper published at Ste. Genevieve, by Philip G. Ferguson. The paper remained under the control of Mr. Rozier one year, when he removed his office to St. Louis, and there edited The Revue de Loust, a French and English sheet, which after a year’s existence was given up. In 1851 Mr. Rozier returned to Ste. Genevieve, and established The Independent, which he published until 1854, when, having been elected to the office of circuit and county clerk and recorder, he sold his interest to his younger brother. He remained in the office twelve years, or until 1865, when he went to St. Louis and opened a commission house, and there remained until 1869. He then sold his interest in the firm (Gross & Rozier), and returned to Ste. Genevieve, where he began the practice of law. He has held various civil positions, among which we will mention the following: Since 1872 he has been a member of the board of regents of the State Normal School, at Cape Girardeau, Mo.; administrator of Ste. Genevieve County for the past eight years; in 1872 he was elected to the position of mayor and is still holding that position, and also served in that capacity from 1860 to 1862. November 14, 1859, he married Miss Emily La Grave, a native of Ste. Genevieve, born December 11, 1834, daughter of Anthony and Mary (Valle) La Grave and granddaughter of Commodore Valle. To Mr. and Mrs. Rozier were born four sons and four daughters: Charles A., Lucy, William L., Constance, Marie, Anthony C., Benjamin and Mariam. Mr. Rozier is a Democrat, politically, and he and family are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Henry L. Rozier, member of the firm of Rozier & Jokerst, general merchants at Ste. Genevieve, is a son of Francis C. and Zoe (Valle) Rozier, and was born in Ste. Genevieve, June 3, 1849. His father was a well known business man of this city, being a merchant at Ste. Genevieve. He held various civil positions, having served as mayor of the city of Ste. Genevieve, and also as judge of the county courts. He died May 7, 1879, at the age of sixty-four. He was a son of Ferdinand and Constance (Roy) Rozier (see sketch elsewhere). Henry L. Rozier received a thorough education in the St. Louis University, and then at the age of nineteen engaged in his present business. He has been twice married. His first wife, Mary A. Janis, he married in 1869. She was a native of Ste. Genevieve, and by her marriage became the mother of three sons, two of whom are now living. Mrs. Rozier died in January, 1880. His second wife, Miss Sallie M. Carlisle, of Ste. Genevieve, but a native of St. Louis, bore him two daughters. Mr. Rozier and family are members of the Catholic Church, and he is a Democrat in politics. Mrs. Francis Rozier, mother of Henry L., is still living, and is strong and active for a person of her age.
Source: History of Southeast Missouri (1888). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.


 

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