Fred Reppenhagen Bio-Chariton Co MO
"Historical, Pictorical, and Biographical Record of Chariton County, Missouri"
1st Edition, Press-Spectator Steam Print, Salisbury, MO 1896.

Transcribed by Nalora Burns


Fred REPPENHAGEN, a representative of that large class of citizens of German birth with whom Chariton county has been so richly favored and whose industry, enterprise, and frugality has proven so valuable in the building up and development of the county, was born in Schwerin, Mecklinburg, Germany, July 10, 1847. In 1856, accompanied by his parents, John and Anna REPPENHAGEN, our subject came to the United States, location in St. Clair County, Illinois, where he resided until the fall of 1870. John REPPENHAGEN, the father, was a farmer by occupation. In boyhood, Fred was given the advantage of a good school and at an early age learned the harness maker's trade. In August of 1868 he was united in marriage to Mary EMMERICH, daughter of C. L. and Annie EMMERICH, for many years prominent citizens of St. Clair County, Illinois. To Mr. and Mrs. REPPENHAGEN have been born seven children, six boys and one girl, all living, as follows: Charlie L; Fred J., Albert, Martin H., Ida L., Gus, and William W. It was two years after the marriage that our subject moved to this county, settling upon 160 acres of land, section 36-54-17, three and one half miles northwest of Salisbury, Mo., at that time a raw prarie, where he has since resided. At the present Mr. REPPENHAGEN owns 210 acres of land well worth $75 an acre, also 80 acres of fine pasture land in the Chariton river bottom. Politically, our subject, has never taken a prominent and active part in political affairs as some others, yet by his influence he has contributed no small part to the work of the republican party, of which he has been a true and loyal supporter. During the late unpleasantness, our subject was an active participant, and in 1865 enlisted in the 149th volunteer, company D., of St. Clair county, Illinois. Socially, Mr. REPPENHAGEN is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees. Faithful and energetic in the discharge of his duty, honest in his conviction and just in his dealings, he is numbered among the leading and substantial citizens of the county.

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