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Florian Jenni, farmer and stock raiser of Jefferson County, Mo., was
born in Switzerland, in 1837.  When he was but eight years old his 
parents, Peter and Kunigunde (Jost) Jenni, immigrated to the United
States, and for a period of eight years were residents of St. Louis,
Mo.  The mother died in that city, and there Mr. Jenni married his
second wife.  He afterward moved to Jefferson County, and settled on
Dry Creek, where he died in 1867, leaving three children: Peter, of
St. Louis, Andrew J., of Jasper County and Florian.  The latter 
received a good common school education, and in 1858 was united in 
marriage to Miss Emily, daughter of Daniel and Margaret Stirzel,
natives of Saxony, and immigrants to the United States in 1845.  Mr.
Jenni and his wife became the parents of ten children, the following
three of whom are living: Mary C., Peter and Henry F.  Mr. Jenni 
lived on Dry Creek until 1883, then moved to Plattin Township, one
mile south of Crystal City, where he holds a good farm of 370 acres,
175 being under improvement.  All of this he has acquired through 
his own industry since the panic of 1873, when he was financially
ruined.  In politics he is a Republican, and his first presidential
vote was cast for Lincoln, in 1860.  He and wife are members of the
Presbyterian Church.