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Henry Moehlmann was born in Westphalia, Germany, in 1841, and is a son
of Frederick and Elizabeth (Broeker) Moehlmann, who immigrated to the
United States in 1854, and located in St. Louis.  The father died in
1859, aged about forty-five years, and the mother died in 1862 at the
age of forty years.  Of their three children Henry was the eldest; he
was twelve years of age when his parents came to America, and when
about seventeen years old he commenced working in a foundry at St.
Louis, where he was employed three years.  In 1860 he located in De
Soto, where he was engaged in farming for some time; during the war he
served in the Missouri Enrolled Militia, and in 1865 went to St. Louis,
where he worked at the tinner's trade six years, at the expiration of
which time he established a grocery in St. Louis.  He came to De Soto
in 1878, and established a grocery store, to which he added, in 1883,
a line of dry goods and hardware, he conducts one of the best general
stores in the town, is a thorough business man, and a highly respected
citizen.  In 1873 he married Miss Amelia Schmidt, who was born in 
Jefferson County, Mo., in 1851.  Five children have been born to them,
viz.: Henry, Carrie, Albert, Hattie and Rudolph.  In politics Mr. 
Moehlmann is a Republican; he is president of the school board of De
Soto, and is a member of the I. O. O. F.  He and wife are members of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is steward.