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Biography of Harry M. Moore, M. D.

Among those who are devoting their lives to the practice of medicine and surgery in St. Louis and discharging their duties with a high sense of conscientious obligation and a recognition of the responsibility that devolves upon them is Dr. Harry M. Moore, who is one of the alumni of Washington University. He was born in California, Missouri, March 1, 1874, and is a son of John W. Moore, who was born in Massachusetts and was descended from one of the old families of that state, the ancestral line being traced back to a period long antedating the Revolutionary war, in which some of the name participated. John W. Moore became a resident of California, Missouri, in 1865 and was there engaged in the practice of law to the time of his death, which occurred in 1911, when he had reached the venerable age of eighty-one years. He was a prominent republican and for a quarter of a century served as chairman of the central republican committee. At the time of his death he was filling the position of postmaster of California. He was also a veteran of the Civil war, having served with the rank of major in the Twenty-seventh Massachusetts throughout the entire period of hostilities between the north and the south. He belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, thus maintaining pleasant relations with his...

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Biography of Henry Heier

Henry Heier, engaged in the undertaking business in St. Louis, was born in California, Missouri, March 20, 1871. His parents died in his infancy and he was reared in a German Protestant orphan’s home on St. Charles Rock road in St. Louis county, there remaining until he reached the age of sixteen and a half years, when he started out to provide for his own support, securing a position with a wholesale glass and queens ware company of St. Louis. His capability and trustworthiness were so manifest that he remained with the firm for eight and a half years, working his way steadily upward from the minor position of office boy to that of traveling salesman. He acquired his early education in the orphan’s home and after securing his position and recognizing the value of educational training he took up study in a night school and also pursued a business course in the Perkins & Herpel Business College of this city. He likewise became a student of anatomy and embalming at night school and thus qualified for the work which is now claiming his attention. In 1893 he was made assistant superintendent of the orphan’s home in which his own youth was passed, and owing to the fact that the superintendent was away on account of his health, he practically had full charge of the institution. It was in...

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Biography of Hon. Simeon W. Bunch

HON. SIMEON W. BUNCH. The fortunate possessor of 205 acres of as good and as there is in the beautiful township of Sparta, our subject is one of the progressive farmers and representative citizens of Christian County, Missouri, where he has long made his home. He came originally from Simpson County, Kentucky, born in 1832. His parents, William and Malinda (Roark) Bunch, were probably natives of Tennessee, where they were reared and married. About 1831 the parents moved to Simpson County, Kentucky, and there the father died about 1833, when in the prime of life. He was a farmer by occupation and a soldier during the Black Hawk War. He was a son of Calloway and Nancy Bunch, who died in Warren County, Kentucky., when our subject was but a boy. The latter belonged to the old Virginia family of Bunches. After the death of her husband the mother of our subject married Joseph Cook, of Kentucky, and in 1837 removed with him to Taney County, Missouri, where Mr. Cook died a few years later. Afterward Mrs. Cook made her home with her children and died at the home of her son in Miller County, Missouri, about 1883. She was a Free-Will Baptist in her religious views. When she and her husband first settled in Taney County their nearest neighbor was ten miles away and the country was a...

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Biography of John C. Asahl

John C. Asahl, a resident of Ramona since 1903 and connected with its mercantile interests throughout, the period, has also figured prominently in connection with public affairs of the city and no man has labored more earnestly, zealously and effectively to bring about public progress, reform and improvement than he Mr. Asahl is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred in the city of California, March 7, 1870. His father, Charles Asahl, was a native of Germany and came to the United States in 1850, settling in Chicago in the year of the yellow fever plague. He was a mason and followed his trade in Chicago and afterward in California, Missouri. Later he went into the hardware business in California, Missouri. Subsequently he removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he turned his attention to the hotel business, his sight having almost failed him in the meantime. There he passed away in 1901. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Anna Roedel, died when her son, John C., was an infant and the father afterward married again, his second wife being still a resident of Kansas City. John C. Asahl acquired his education at the place of his nativity, studying in both German and English schools until he was fifteen years of age, when he started out to provide for his own support, making his initial step in...

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