Herman H. Holtgrewe, was born in Hanover, Germany, in the year 1818, and is the son of Herman H. and Mary E. (Vorwald) Holtgrewe, both of whom were also natives of Hanover, Germany, where they grew up, married and reared a family of eight children. In 1842 they came to the United States, settled in Franklin County the same year, and here passed the remainder of their days, the father dying at the age of eighty six, and the mother at the age of seventy-six. Our subject remained with and assisted his parents on the farm until twenty six years of age, when he went to St. Louis and for eight years worked for one man in a stone quarry. In 1850 he married Mina Pohl-mann, a native of Prussia, who came with her parents to America at an early day. To this union were born six children, viz: Henry, John, Frank, Mary, Catherine and Liza. In 1860 Mrs. Holtgrewe died, and the following year Mr. Holtgrewe married Miss Julia Moellenbrock, a native of St. Louis. Ten children were the result of this union, eight of whom are now living: Anna, William, Fred, Emma Lena, Frederica, Charley and Lizzie. All the family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Holtgrewe escaped military duty in the old country on account of being under size, although twenty-two years of age. After coming here he served in Company I of the militia, during the war. He is a Republican in politics, and as a business man has been quite successful. He now owns 280 acres of land, and has given his children $7,000, all of which was made by hard work.
Source: Goodspeed's Franklin County History, 1888, Goodspeed Publishing Co
Transcribed by Barb Z. -2009
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