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KLUTE, Johannes Casper

Caspar Klute was born in Westphalia, Prussia, November 15, 1816, son of Henry (*Henrich) and Francisca Klute (*nee Honifer). His father who was a carpenter, builder and furniture manufacturer, was born in Allendorf, October 23, 1775 immigrated to the United States in 1846 and died in St. Louis, July 20, 1876, having reached the great age of one hundred years and nine months. After receiving a parish school education, Caspar Klute served an apprenticeship to the locksmith's trade, at which he worked as a journeyman prior to his coming to this country. He came to the United States and to St. Louis in 1842, and after learning the blacksmith's trade embarked in business as a blacksmith and wagon-maker, having his shops at the corner of Second and Plum Streets. In 1849 he purchased property at 1549 South Broadway and conducted his manufacturing operations at that location for thirty years thereafter. During the Civil War he did much repair work and other blacksmithing, and manufactured many wagons for the United States government. His business yielded good returns and in 1875 he was able to retire with a comfortable fortune. About the time of his retirement from business he removed to a residence at 4316 Compton Avenue, which he had previously erected and which has since been his home. September 9, 1845, he married Miss Margaret Gerber, a native of Germany, and on the 9th of September, 1895, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, members of their family and hosts of friends gathering about them to offer congratulations on that occasion. Their surviving children are Anna Klute, Mrs. Theodore Feager, Mrs. William P. Arnd, Mrs. Henry J. Bulte, and Mrs. William C. Lamping, all of St. Louis. (written 1899) items marked with * were inserted by me)

November 02, 2009

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