Fernando W. Apple
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
FERNANDO W. APPLE, a farmer and stock dealer of Perry township, Shelby county, O., has lived in this section of the state for the past thirty-two years and is well known in township and county. For many years he was active in farming and handling stock and still retains 298 acres of valuable land. He was born in Champaign county, O., August 16, 1858, and is a son of John and Sarah Jane (Pence) Apple. The parents of Mr. Apple were of solid old Pennsylvania German stock. They lived in Champaign county, O., for many years and died on their farm there and their burial was in Spring Grove cemetery at Millerstown, O. They belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran church. Fernando W. was their eldest child, the others being: Charles N.; Mary Alice, wife of William Circle; Otta and Walter.
Fernando W. Apple obtained his schooling in Champaign county and afterward assisted his father on the farm, doing much hard work as in those days much of the labor-saving machinery now in use was not on the market. In 1880 he came to Shelby county and for sixteen years contented himself with renting land but then started to buying and continued until he had 298 acres, all of which is fine, arable land. While he no longer engages in the labor of the farm, he remains interested in all its industries and is anxious that it should be brought to the highest state of production.
Mr. Apple was married in 1879, to Miss Ella Wibel, who was born in Champaign county, O., a daughter of Jacob and Anna (Plank) Wibel. Mr. Wibel was a prominent farmer near Millerstown. Both he and wife are deceased and their burial was in the Spring Grove cemetery. They had four children: Mary, wife of Daniel Brubaker; Clara, wife of Noah Pence; Albert; and Ella, wife of Mr. Apple. To the latter have been born three children, namely: Carl, who married Pearl Fahnestock; Chloe, who married
Vern Ward and they have one son, Virgil; Richard; and Anna, who is the wife of Frank Peppers. Mr. Apple has always given his political support to the democratic ticket. He and family attend the Methodist Episcopal church at Pemberton, O.