Romain Spitz, farmer of Rock Township, and the only child of Dominique and Elizabeth (Loos) Spitz, was born in Alsace, France, in 1824. His parents were born in 1796 and 1777, respectively. They were married about 1821, and in 1853 came to the United States. The mother died while en route from New Orleans to St. Louis, and was buried in the State of Mississippi. The father and son came on to Jefferson County, and settled on Sugar Creek, three miles south of Fenton, where the father died in December, 1854. Romain secured a good education in the common schools, and came with his father to Jefferson County, where he was married in 1853, to Miss Magdalena Flothau, a native of Lorraine, France, born in 1826. After her marriage she came with Mr. Spitz to the United States, and here three children were born to their union, viz.: Otto, Romain and George. Mrs. Spitz died in 1861, and in 1862 Mr. Spitz married Miss Catherine Rush, who bore him three children: Henry (deceased), Louis and Paul. Mr. Spitz has lived on the tract on which his father first settled ever since he has been in Jefferson County. He now has 180 acres under a good state of cultivation, and is an industrious, enterprising citizen. He is an ardent advocate of universal education, a member of the Catholic Church, and a Republican in politics, casting his first vote for Lincoln, in 1860. Previous to coming to America, and from 1845 to 1852, he was a soldier in the French Revolution, in 1848-49, under King Louis Philippe and under Napoleon III.