Farmer and merchant, is one of the leading citizens of Lewis township. His father, John H. ROSELIUS, was the first permanent settler of that township. Henry was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, near the city of Hanover, Germany on October 1, 1838.
The family immigrated to America in the fall of 1840, landing at New York City. From there they went to New Orleans, then up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, and thence by river to Weston, Platte County, Missouri where they obtained a wagon. They came on up to the northwest part of Holt County, where there were no other settlers, and there the family made a home in the wilderness. This was on section 1, township 62, range 41 (the plat map shows this to be on the Mo. River, about 2 miles southwest of where the town of Corning was later established). The family was alone there until the fall of 1842, when the DANKERS and PETERS families arrived to keep them company.
Henry ROSELIUS attended the first school ever taught in Lincoln township kept by a man named KEESER, hired by Mr. ROSELIUS' father, Henry DANKERS and Andrew BUCK. However, he obtained most of his education on his own. He farmed with his father until his father died in the spring of 1868. He then farmed and traded in stock. In December, 1876, he established a store at Corning as a member of the firm, "ROSELIUS & HOGREFE." This firm does the principal mercantile business in Corning. He still farms and owns 700 acres of land, all but 40 acres lying in one body in Lincoln township. His residence is on the farm, a fine frame dwelling.
He was married in June, 1861 to Mary SCHMUTZER of Holt County He has three children; Edmond, Henry, and Minna. He was at first a Republican and voted for Lincoln in 1864. He has now acted more commonly with the Democratic party, but always voting as he considers best for the country and state.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.