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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gasconade 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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Michael Poeschel, retired merchant and founder of the Stone Hill Wine Company, of Hermann, Mo., was born May 30, 1809, in Altenburg, Saxony, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1839, locating in Hermann, Mo., where he founded the Stone Hill Wine Company, in 1861, which has gained a world-renowned reputation. The firm name was M. Poeschel & Scherer. Wine was first made here from grapes in 1846 in small amounts by himself, Messrs. Riefenstahl, Strecker, Langendoerfer and others. The first quantity shipped to market was in 1848 (a thousand gallons), by Mr. Poeschel. He became wealthy in that business and retired from active work in 1883. The entire community has been greatly benefited by this enterprise. March 18, 1855, witnessed the marriage of Michael Poeschel to Catherine Wagner, daughter of George A. Wagner (deceased). To their union have been born six children, four of whom are living: Johanna, Amalia (Mrs. Adam Starck), Hedwig (Mrs. George Kraettly) and Helena. Mr. and Mrs. Poeschel are members of the Lutheran Church, and are well known and worthy citizens of the county.

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This family biography is one of 146 biographies included in The History of Gasconade County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Gasconade County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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