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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cole County, Missouri 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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Jacob Schirmer, chief of police of Jefferson City, Mo., is a native of Weister, Bavaria, Germany, born May 9, 1839. His parents, John M. and Margaret (Schoeffel) Schirmer, were natives also of Germany, and the former was a blacksmith by occupation. They came to America in 1851, and the father worked in Honesdale, Penn., for some time. They then came west, and located at Osage City, where the father died in 1867, at the age of sixty-five years, and his wife followed him to the grave about a month later, leaving three sons: Andrew, who died in 1870, leaving two sons and a daughter; Jacob, and Lawrence, who lives at Osage City and has a family. Jacob Schirmer grew to manhood in Missouri, and during the war did duty for the Union in the Home Guards of the State, as orderly-sergeant, and upon the organization of the State Militia he served in that until the end of the war, as captain of Company H, Thirty-seventh Missouri Volunteer Infantry. After the war he was engaged in merchandising for a short time, and then in the steamboat business for some time. In 1879 he came to Jefferson City as jailer and deputy marshal, serving as such for four years. He afterward filled the position of marshal of Jefferson City. He was married in Cole County to Miss Elizabeth Maggie Diedel, a native of Bavaria and of the same district as Mr. Schirmer. They have two children, Eliza Maggie, a graduate of the high-school, and Charles Henry, a telegraph operator. Mr. Schirmer is a member of the G. A. R. and the I. O. O. F., and his wife is a member of the German Lutheran Church.

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This family biography is one of 127 biographies included in The History of Cole County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cole County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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