BOSS, T. J. SIMMS AND
|A. D. Boss, T. J. Simms & T. Gherman, dealers in
general merchandise at Bismarck, Mo., are doing a large and successful business at that
place. A. D. Boss was born in Jonesboro, Ill., in 1849, and is the son of John and
Elizabeth (Masch) Boss, who located at Middle Brook, Mo., when A.D. was but a small boy.
They are still residents of that city, and are much esteemed citizens. A D. Boss at the
age of nineteen engaged in general merchandising with M. Seitz, at Middle Brook, Mo., and
remained in business at that place for thirteen years, when he sold out and came to
Bismarck. He purchased an interest in the flour mill with F. Rodach in 1879, and continued
with him until 1883, after which Mr. Boss purchased the entire mill, and is doing
extremely well at the business, the mill having a capacity for seventy-five barrels per
day. In 1883 he married Miss Sophia Seitz, who bore him two children: Edith and John.
Michael Seitz, father of Mrs. Boss, was born in Baden, Germany, and immigrated to the
United States, where he settled in Middle Brook many years ago. He is still living there.
In 1884 A.D. Boss bought a lot, and built one of the best store houses in the town. He
formed a partnership with T. J. Simms, and put in a large stock of general merchandise. He
is a Mason, and a Republican in politics. In April, 1887, T. Gherman became a partner. He
is the son of Ignatz and Josephine Gherman, who came from Germany many years ago and
located at Middle Brook, Mo., but afterward moved to Fredericktown, Mo. T. Gherman was
born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1856, and was educated in the common schools, and
soon after finishing the same began clerking in a brewery, where he remained two years. He
came to Bismarck in 1880, and kept a liquor store at this place for five years. He has
also been dealing in ice for several years. He became a partner with Boss & Simms in
April, 1887. In 1879 he married Miss Maggie Dequire of Fredericktown, Mo., and to them
were born two children: Nellie and Willie. Mr. Gherman is a K. of H., also a member of the
A.O.U.W., is a Republican in politics, and he and wife are members of the Catholic Church.
GOODSPEEDS HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888, Page 623 & 624.
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