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Henry A. Astholz

Henry A. Astholz was born in Hanover, Germany on October 24, 1840. He was the son of Christian and Sophia Astholz, both of whom died in Germany in 1857. A year after his parents' passing, Henry immigrated to America. He first arrived in Louisiana where he served as a plantation overseer for a few months. He then went to St. Louis where he enlisted for service in the Civil war. He joined Company B, Fifth Missouri Calvary, and at the time of its consolidation with the Fourth Missouri Cavalry was color bearer.

After the war Henry relocated at Cape Girardeau and worked in the tanning business until about 1869. He then became an agent for the Union Milling Company, where he worked for seven years. His fellow townsmen then called him to the office of marshal and collector of the city of Cape Girardeau and he again served in that position for seven years. At the end of that time he became associated with those organizing the Cape Girardeau Building and Loan Association, of which he became appointed secretary. He worked for the Building and Loan Association for thirty years before retiring.

In 1867 Henry married Miss Augusta Brandes, a native of Cape Girardeau, and together they had fourteen children, eight of whom survived. Henry was liberal in his political views but votes independently of the candidates party association. He was a member of the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Eagles.

To learn more about Henry A. Astholz, please visit: Henry A. Astholz and Missouri the Center State: 1821- 1915, Volume 4 by Walter Barlow Stevens.

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