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Maus, Henry
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Henry Maus, born 1792 in Gross-Biberau, Grand duchy of Hessen, with his wife, Margaret, nee Storck, in 1834 left the fatherland for America. They came via Baitmore, finally locating in Quincy, six months after they left the home of their childhood. With them came their daughter, Katherine, who in 1850 was married to Jacob Hirth, one of the pioneers of this city. Six months after their arrival in Quincy Henry Maus and family moved to the country, locating on a farm six miles east of town, where he went to farming. His first wagon was a rather primitive vehicle, the wheels being sawed from the trunk of a mighty sycamore. Regarding the experience of Henry Maus as farmer, the following incident is interesting: A tribe of Indians, that came along one day, stole a lot of farm products from his field. Henry Maus became angry and complained to the chief of the tribe, who said: "That my people steal cannot be justified; I am sorry to say, we have no money to make good the damage done to you, but (pointing to a white mule, belonging to the tribe, I will give you the mule to indemnify you." Henry Maus accepted the apology and the offer; "and that mule," as the story runs, "lived for twenty-five years afterward, and was for many years the only one of his kind in their county." The wife of Henry Maus died in 1845, while he lived until 1859, having retired from active life, spending his declining years in the city. George Petrie, born April 25, 1815, in Gross-Biberau, was a stepson of Henry Maus and came with the latter in 1834, settling down in this county, where he followed farming for many years, finally retiring, becoming disabled by the loss of a leg. He has since died.

QUINCY AND ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN by David F. Wilcox. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1919. p 292.

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