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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Fred. Kobel, proprietor of a gin and saw-mill in Mulberry, Ark., and son of Abram and Anna Kobel, was born in St. Imes, Switzerland, in 1848. The parents were both natives of Switzerland, and of the same city in which our subject was born. The latter at an early age learned the silversmith trade, which he followed up to 1880. In 1871 he immigrated to the United States, settled in Ohio, where he remained for two years, and then went from there to Coffeeville, Miss. Here he remained until 1877, when he went to Hope, Ark., and from there to Mulberry in 1880. He here established a gin mill at a cost of $5,500, employs six hands, and turns out twenty-four bales of cotton per day. He owns a house and lot in Mulberry, and besides this is the owner of forty acres of land. He started with little or no means, and is now a fair example of what may be accomplished by industry and close attention to business. He was married at Coffeeville, Miss., in 1873, to Miss Fanny Dodson, daughter of R. and N. Dodson, and a native of Coffeeville, Miss., born in 1853. To Mr. and Mrs. Kobel were born four children: Rulla, Lillian, Fred and Ella. Mr. Kobel is a member of the Masonic fraternity, I. O. O. F., and is a Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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