"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
H. W. APPLE, who is one of the representative citizens of Loramie township, Shelby county, O., interested in all important matters in his community and especially concerned in educational advancement, resides on the old family homestead of 175 acres, all improved with the exception of about twenty acres yet in valuable timber. He was born on this farm on August 16, 1868, and is a son of George Hiram and Elizabeth (Apple) Apple.
George Hiram Apple was born one mile west of the above farm, also in Loramie township, August 29, 1846, a son of Henry S. and Catherine (Gebhart) Apple. Henry S. Apple was born in Montgomery county, O., and was reared there and married into a neighboring family, Miss Catherine Gebhart becoming his wife and subsequently the mother of their six children, namely: Peggy (Elizabeth), who became the wife of William Routson, residing near Rangeville, in Miami county; Hiram S.; Jacob J., who was a twin of Hiram S.; Henry A., who married Kate Mader and lived in Loramie township; Louisa, who became the wife of David Kaiser, residing in Loramie township; and Lavina, who is deceased, was the wife of David Fessler, of Miami county. After marriage, Henry S. Apple and wife moved to what was then a wild region; Loramie township, in Shelby county and settled in the woods, securing 160 acres of virgin land. Here he cleared off enough for a home site and afterward replaced the first log structure with what was probably the first brick house ever built in this township, the bricks for the same being made on his farm. Here his death occurred at the age of sixty-five years, five months and six days, and his burial was at Covington. His wife lived to the age of seventy-two years. They were early members and liberal supporters
of the Evangelical Lutheran church at Bloomer, 0. George Hiram Apple became a farmer and thresher as his father had been and developed into a man of like sterling character. He continued the clearing of the land which his father had commenced and made many improvements on the place and spent his life here, his death-occurring at the age of fifty-five years. He was a most worthy member of the Lutheran church and his resting place is in the church cemetery at Covington. He married Elizabeth Apple, a daughter of Enoch Apple, of Montgomery county, O., and she survives, being now in her sixtieth year, a resident of Indiana. Two of the family of six children are
deceased, twin sons, the youngest born, the survivors being: H. W.; Catherine, who is the wife of John Ortman, of Loramie township; Alice, who is the wife of William Shock, of North Manchester, Ind.; and J. V., who is a resident of Dayton, O.
H. W. Apple has spent his life in this section of Shelby county and hence is well known and, like all the Apple family, he is held in respect and esteem. He attended school in the Beech Grove Special School District of which, in mature life, he became a valued official and at present is in his fifth year as a member of its board of education and has already served both as president and as vice president of this important body. When he came into possession of the homestead it had already been cleared and while he has never ceased making improvements of some kind; he had no great burden of this nature placed on him when he started out for himself. Immediately after marriage he lived on land situated directly across from the homestead which he sold prior to purchasing this farm, which is situated five and one-half miles north of Covington. In addition to engaging in a general farming line, Mr. Apple raises and deals in cattle and draft horses. His business interests are largely agricultural and he is numbered with the judicious and prosperous business men of this section.
Mr. Apple married Miss Corda Grise, who was born in Darke county, O., a daughter of Peter and Margaret Grise. The father of Mrs. Apple, who is now deceased, at one time was the largest landowner in Darke county. When he died, at the age of eighty-three years, he left the sum of ninety thousand dollars to his family, together with eleven highly improved farms. All this wealth he accumulated himself, being a shrewd financier and a man of unceasing industry during all his active life. His burial was at Gettysburg, O. He was a native of Montgomery county but his first wife, Matilda Wyison, was a native of Darke county, as was also his second wife, Margaret Mann. The latter survives and resides at Gettysburg, O., where Mr. Grise, in his later years, owned the First National Bank. Both wives were the mothers of twelve children and of the two families there are seventeen children still living, Mrs. Apple being one of the heirs to her father's very large estate,
Mr. and Mrs. Apple have had four children: Clarence, Ralph, Martha and Orville, the last named being now deceased, having been accidentally drowned when aged six years. Mr. Apple and family belong to the Lutheran church. In politics Mr. Apple has been a lifelong democrat and at times has consented to serve in township offices, especially on the school board, and has also been turnpike superintendent.