F. H. A. Fuegner, a prominent citizen of Versailles, Mo., has been a resident of the same since 1877, with the exception of nine years which he spent in traveling through the United States and Europe. Mr. Fuegner was born in the city of Hamburg, Germany, in 1851, and is the son of F. L. A. Fuegner. His mother's maiden name was Miss Cline, and both parents were natives of Germany. The father was a real-estate dealer, and was senator of the city of Hamburg for sixteen years. He was a careful business man, and was very successful. In his religious views he adhered to the Catholic Church, and his wife was a member of the Lutheran Church. F. H. A. Fuegner received his education in the common schools, and afterward graduated at Johaneum College in 1867, at the age of sixteen. He then served an apprenticeship at the baker's trade for two years, during which time he went through a course of study preparatory to entering the army. In the fall of 1869, during the Franco-Prussian War, he entered the Second Company, Seventy-fifth Regiment Infantry one year as a volunteer; he then entered the same as sergeant, and served as such until December 2, 1870. At the battle of Orleans he was wounded by a gunshot in the breast and was struck on the head with a musket, but was not wounded so severely as to be unfit for duty. The war closed September 15, 1871, and he sailed for America with the intention of visiting the United States, but liking the country he concluded to make his home permanently here. He first settled in San Francisco, Cal., but went from there to Virginia City, Nev., and while there he met and married Miss Laura Joachimi, a daughter of Louis Joachimi, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. In connection with his father-in-law our subject established the Nevada State Gazette, the first German paper ever published in Nevada. This they operated for two years, and were then burned out. Six months later they moved to Stockton, Cal., and established the Stockton Courier, and ran this paper for several months, after which they sold out. After a few months' stay in Sacramento, Mr. Fuegner moved to Versailles, Mo., in 1877, and assisted Mr. Joachimi in the post office for two years. He then spent nine years in traveling over the United States and Europe, after which he returned to Versailles, Mo., and is now living a retired life. He is the owner of a handsome residence and nineteen and a half acres of land at the edge of the city of Versailles. Aside from this he is the owner of other town property, has some brick houses in Hamburg, Germany, mostly tenement houses, and is also interested in mining land in Missouri. To his marriage were born two children: Fannie and Edward. Mr. and Mrs. Fuegner are members of the Episcopal Church. of which he is treasurer, and he also holds the position of secretary of the school board of the city. He is a Republican in politics, takes an active part in political affairs, and stumped the county, making German speeches through German settlements. He takes great interest in school matters and in all public enterprises.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.