"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
BERNARD BRANDEWIE, who is one of the leading citizens and large land owners of McLean township, having 600 acres and devoting a large portion of this to raising cattle and hogs, was born in May, 1856, in Auglaize county, O., and is a son of Joseph and a grandson of Anton Brandewie.
Anton Brandewie, the grandfather, was born, reared and married in Hanover, Germany, the name of his wife being Mary Wissman, and they continued to live there for some years and when they came to America, they had three children: Joseph, Barney and Catherine. They first made a home in Cincinnati, O., where they lived for six months, and then moved to Minster. At that time the land office was at Piqua and the nearest neighbor was five miles away. They bought a tract of land which is now the site of Minster, O., 160 acres, all in one body and owned by four people. Grandfather Brandewie retaining forty acres for himself. On this tract he spent his subsequent life, dying when aged seventy-two years, his burial being in St. Joseph's cemetery, Egypt. He helped to establish the Catholic church here and gave liberally to its support. He was a strong democrat and always cast his vote at elections even when he had to ride for miles on horseback to do so. He was well known among the early settlers in Shelby county but spent his days in Auglaize county.
Joseph Brandewie was twelve years old when he came to the United States and had attended school in Germany and later learned to read English although it was difficult for him to spell in this language. Probably the first money he ever earned was when fourteen years of age he became a worker on the canal as water boy. Later he drove ox teams, and worked in the stone quarries and afterward again worked on the canal, with a Mr. Duncan, probably living all that time in Auglaize county. He then went to Michigan and during the six years he lived there bought 120 acres of land in that state. After he returned to Ohio he married and then bought eighty acres on the Shelby county line, all of it, at that time being totally unimproved. He built a house and barn and improved land as he- was able and there, comfortably reared a large family and at the time of his death on the original farm, he owned 252 acres, having cleared this land by his own industry. He was an enterprising man and a great worker and lived to the age of eighty-six years and during all this long life but once called in a physician for himself. He was a lifelong democrat and never missed voting and on several occasions was elected to local offices.
Joseph Brandewie was married to Catherine Prenger, who was also born in Germany and was brought to the United States by her parents, Herman and Kate Prenger, when a child. To them the following children were born: Mary, Tony, Bernard, Kate, Agnes, Joseph, Henry, Herman, Bernadine, Caroline, and Josephine. The mother of the above family died at the age of sixty-eight years and she was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Egypt, and many years afterward her husband was laid by her side, they having been among the earliest members of the church and faithful to its teachings, kind, good people.
Bernard Brandewie and his brothers and sisters attended the district schools near their home. In 1880 at the time of marriage, Mr. Brandewie came to Shelby county, and settled where he still lives. He has the larger part of his estate well improved and has two barns and three houses. He has always carried on general farming and for the past thirteen years has been in the livestock business, buying, selling and shipping to all parts of the country. On the portion of his farm on which he resides he put up all the substantial buildings. It is situated four miles southwest of Minster and three miles west of Fort Loramie.
In 1880 Mr. Brandewie was married to Miss Mary Baumer, who was born at Cincinnati, O., a daughter of Bernard and Mary Baumer, and all of their children have been born in Shelby county. Louis, the oldest, married Elizabeth Severin and they live at Minster. Fred married Dena Ernst and they live in McLean township; Lottie married Barney Artkamp and they live in McLean township; Albert married Mary Ernst and lives in this township; Katie, Cecelia, Edward, Sophia and Lawrence, all live at home. The family all belong to the Minster Catholic church. Mr. Brandewie is a stanch democrat and is a member of the board of education of the Dirksen special school district.