William Furth - Goodspeed
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Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri

William Furth

William Furth, a general merchant and banker of Perryville, Mo., is a native of Austria, born in 1838. He was educated in his native country, and in 1855 immigrated to America.

Locating in St. Louis he began working as an apprentice in a saddle and harness house. He remained three years as an apprentice, and served as journeyman for about the same length of time. In 1863, he went to California by water. He remained there four years engaged in merchandising.

In 1876 he returned to Missouri and located in Perryville, and established a general store, and has since been in that same area. He is one of the oldest merchants in town, and has been very successful. He carries a fine line of general goods and has a large trade.

In November, 1887, Mr. Furth and R. M. Wilson established a bank, which they have since very successfully conducted. Mr. Furth’s marriage with Jane C. Gastorf was celebrated in December 1867. She is a native of St. Louis. To their union have been born three children: Grace, Edith and Hallie.

Politically Mr. Furth endorses and supports the principles of the Democratic party. For the past four years he has been treasurer of the school board of Perryville, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity.


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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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