Henry Boemler, farmer and mechanic of Meramec Township, is a native of
Alsace, France, born in 1835, and is the eldest of three children born
to Michael and Madaline (Herrman) Boemler, who were natives of Alsace,
France, where they passed their entire lives.  The father was a cabinet
maker by trade, and died in 1839.  The mother died in 1872.  Henry 
received a fair education, and served three years as an apprentice at the
carpenter's trade.  At the age of nineteen he removed to St. Louis,
where he worked at his trade for eighteen years.  In 1857 he married
Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Geissert, natives
of France.  Mrs. Geissert died, and the father came to the United 
States in 1851.  Five children were born to Mr. Boemler's marriage,
three of whom are now living: Henry P. G., M. F. William and J. Lizzie.
In 1873 Mr. Boemler removed to Jefferson County, and located near the
mouth of Big River, where he has a fine farm of ninety-six acres, making
a good and comfortable home. In politics a Republican, his first vote 
was cast for John C. Fremont, in 1856.  He is a member of the Lutheran
Church, and is an honest, industrious citizen.