Judge Henry Wagenkuecht, the present presiding judge of the county court of Morgan County, Mo., was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, in 1833, and came to America in 1855. After attaining his fourteenth year he learned the wagon—maker's trade, but never followed that occupation a great deal. He landed at New York City, but soon after came to Illinois, where he made his home for two years, after which he moved to Jefferson City, thence to Otterville, Cooper County, and from there to the farm he now occupies. He owns 545 acres of land, the home farm consisting of 445 acres, all of which is under cultivation, and his residence is a new two-story frame, back of which is an excellent orchard. He is putting in tiling on his farm, being the only man in the county to do so. He feeds from three to four carloads of cattle annually, and also a large number of hogs. He always votes the Republican ticket, and in 1886 was elected by that party to the office of judge of the county court, which term will expire the last of December, 1890. He is a worthy member of the I. O. O. F., and contributes liberally to all public enterprises. December 17, 1859, he was married to Ellen Smith, a daughter of G. W. Smith, by whom he has eight children: Mary L., Charles, Frank, Theodore, Annie, Alice, Birdie and Lisetta. Mr. Wagenkuecht is a son of Henry and Mary (Eberd) Wagenkuecht, both native Germans, who are now deceased.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.