"GOODSPEED'S HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888."
CHARLES H. BIEL
Charles H. Biel, one of the well known business men of Ste. Genevieve, was born in Gaudersheim, Germany, November 17, 1838, and is the son of William and Henrietta Biel, both natives of Germany, and the father a shoemaker by trade. Charles H. Biel learned his father's trade, and in 1853, at the age of fifteen, he came to America, located in Iron County, near Iron Mountain, and here worked his trade for some time. He then moved to Perryville, where he remained until 1861, when he enlisted in Company B, Missouri Cavalry, Confederate army, and served six months. He then returned to Perryville, and here clerked and attended school in the winter, and was also engaged in agricultural pursuits from 1864 to 1870. In 1879 he settled in Ste. Genevieve, where he has since resided. January 4, 1864, he married Miss Caroline Falkner, who bore him three daughters. Mrs. Biel died in 1870, and October 14, 1879, he married Mrs. Amelia Anderson, a daughter of Karl Fredrich Schoenfeld, a native of Berlin, Prussia, and Doradea (Lutz) Schoenfeld, a native of Baden, Germany, born June 9, 1826. She came to America in company with her two sisters and landed at New Orleans Christmas eve 1853. The same year she married Mr. Anderson, who was sheriff and collector of Ste. Genevieve County. Mr. Biel has held various civil positions serving as coroner, constable and deputy sheriff. He has also served as a member of the board of education in Ste. Genevieve.