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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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CHARLES SCHROEDER, hardware merchant, Piqua. Mr. Schroeder is one of the young and promising business men of Piqua; he is a native of Prussia, born near Berlin in 1856; came to the United States in 1870, and to Piqua in 1875 where he was employed as salesman in the hardware store then operated by Shannon & Davis, later by Shannon & Wall, and still later by Wall, of whom Mr. Schroeder purchased it Jan. 1, 1880 and having added largely to the stock, is now carrying a full line of heavy and shelf hardware at the old stand, 118 Main street; Mr. Schroeder speaks both German and English, and is a wide-awake business man; his success thus far promises increased prosperity in the future; should he continue, as he expects to, his experience as a salesman and thorough business habits, will enable him to advance the reputation of this old well-known establishment. He was married, Jan. 1, 1880, to Miss Amelia, daughter of W. F. Croner.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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