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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  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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C. G. OSTERHEIL (deceased) was born February 28, 1814, and reared in the town of Zittau, Saxony, and is a descendant of German parentage. He was educated in the best schools of his native country, and began life as a teacher, becoming a director of learning in the Royal school at Crimea, Russia. In 1862 he emigrated to the United States, and settled in Lafayette county, Mo. Having previously prepared himself for the ministry, and having done considerable church work, he went actively to preaching on locating in Missouri, and continued at it there for a period of five years, moving, in 1867, to Des Moines, Iowa. There he engaged in the drug business. Three years later he lost all he had by fire, and, moving to Omaha, he became a teacher of languages, giving instructions especially in his native tongue. He also practiced medicine among his countrymen. He moved to Buffalo county, this state, in 1871, and took a homestead, locating on it and retiring at that date from all active pursuits. May 20, 1888, he died, well advanced in years, after an active, industrious and useful life. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church, and a man of very charitable impulses. His wife, E. L. Osterheil, who survived him, is a native of Switzerland, and was born June 11, 1837. She received a thorough collegiate training when young, finishing with a special course in French, the teaching of which she adopted as a profession. She began teaching in her native country, but a few years later, 1865, came to America, accepting a position as private teacher in her brother’s family in Chicago. She filled this position till 1867, marrying April 2, that year. Joining her life’s fortunes with Carl Gotthelf Osterheil, she bore him the cherished companionship which he sought with her hand, accompanying him to the place of his last residence in Buffalo county, this state, she being now a resident of the city of Kearney. She is a lady of many excellent qualities of head and heart. She has only one child, a daughter, Olga Alexandria, now grown and married.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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