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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Julius Rombach and Paul Schmidle, proprietors of Washington Bakery, at Washington, Mo., are natives of Baden, Germany, born in 1860 and 1858, respectively. Julius is the son of Roman and Carolina Rombach, who were born in 1828 and 1832, respectively. The father was proprietor of a restaurant, and an innkeeper. He died in 1882. Julius is one of five children. At the age of fourteen he commenced learning the baker’s trade, and worked as an apprentice for two years. He was in the regular army two years, and in 1888 came to America and located in St. Louis. In 1886 he and Paul Schmidle came to Washington and established the Washington Bakery, and have since conducted the business successfully. In 1887 Mr. Rombach married Katie, daughter of Frederick Boland. She was born in Washington, Mo., in 1867. Mr. Schmidle came to the United States in 1883 with Mr. Rombach. He is one of a family of three children born to Paul and Sophia Schmidle, who were both born in Baden, Germany, in 1822. The father was a hatter by trade. He died in 1869. Paul, Jr., commenced learning the baker’s trade at the age of fifteen. He was in the regular army three years in Germany. November 23, 1887, Mr. Schmidle married Miss Emma Boland, sister of the wife of Mr. Bombach. Mrs. Schmidle was born in Washington, Mo., in 1870. Messrs Rombach & Schmidle are young men of energy and economy, and they have met with flattering success since coming to Washington. Both gentlemen and their wives are members of the Catholic Church.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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