Herman J. Althoff
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
HERMAN J. ALTHOFF, general merchant and postmaster at Kettlersville, O., was born on a farm near New Bremen, O., in 1852, son of George and Anna Althoff. His parents, who came to this country from Germany, had a family of ten children, namely: Laura, Henry, Catherine, John, Catherine (second), August, Herman, Christian, Henry (second), and Anna. Of the two daughters named Catherine, one married Frederick Soelmann and still resides in this county, her husband being now deceased. John married Anna
Soelmann and they reside in Sidney, O. August died at the age of six years. Christian was twice married. His first wife, Anna, dying, he married secondly Emma May and resides in Van Buren township. Henry first married Alvina Deckefust, who died, and he then married Katie Hersfeldt. They reside at New Bremen, O. Anna also lives in New Bremen, O., and is the wife of Henry Ellennan.
Herman J. Althoff was educated in the district schools and subsequently followed agricultural pursuits for many years, or until 1900. He then engaged in mercantile business in Kettlersville, this county, which occupation he has followed up to the present time, being recognized as a successful merchant. His prosperity has been achieved by honest dealing and close attention to business; He keeps a good stock of such goods as are likely to be called for in a rural community, and his many patrons find that they can obtain as good value for their money as they could by trading in the larger towns or cities. He was appointed postmaster of Kettlersville in 1905 and has conducted the office in such a manner as to satisfy both Uncle Sam and the residents of the village and vicinity. Mr. Althoff owns the building in which his store is located and also another block located opposite to same.
In politics he is a Democrat and has served ably in local office, having been trustee, treasurer; was township trustee for six years; also served as assessor and as councilman of the village. He is a member of the Lutheran church, in which he has served as secretary for years.
Mr. Althoff married Doretta Meyer, a daughter of Conrad Meyer, and has had three children: Rosa, now deceased; Hermena, who married William Poppe and resides in Kettlersville, and Araminta, who married Edward Poppe and is also a resident of Kettlersville. The family is among the-best known and most respected in this locality.