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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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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Gus Gumpertz, a leading merchant and business man of Marshfield, is a native of Cologne, Germany, born July 16, 1842, being the son of Simon and Sibiela Gumpertz, natives of Germany. The father was born in Deutz in 1794, and died in New York City in 1860, and the mother was born in Sigburg, on the Rhine, in 1803, and is now residing in St. Louis, Mo. Their son, Gus Gumpertz, was the fifth of a family of eight children by his father’s second marriage. He obtained a good common education in the schools of his native country, and in 1855 immigrated with his parents to the United States. They settled in New York City, and here Mr. Gumpertz learned the cigar maker’s trade, which he conducted on his own account in 1857. They remained in New York until 1860, and in 1861 Gus Gumpertz enlisted in Company E, Eighth New York Volunteers, and served for about one year. In 1862 he went to California, and for two years was engaged as a clerk in a dry goods store. In 1865 he returned to the East, and went to Carrolton, Ill., where he engaged in general merchandising, which he continued for nine years. In 1871 he came to Marshfield, where he has since been occupied in the same occupation, and has met with well-deserved success, having done an average business per annum of not less than $60,000. By the cyclone of 1880 he lost $10,000. He is a practical business man and up with the times. He was married in 1870 to Miss Hattie Cole, of St. Louis, formerly of White Hall, Ill., and who was born in 1850. They have one son, Simon, born in 1875. Mr. Gumpertz is a conservative Democrat. His brother, David, who died in New York City in 1887, was a soldier in the late war, serving four years.

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