Shelby County

Henry Fortman

Male 1865 - Yes, date unknown


Henry Fortman

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 491


     clerk of the board of education of the Dirksen special school district, McLean township, is a prosperous agriculturist and resides on his farm of eighty acres singled in section 9, one mile west and one mile north of Fort Loramie, O. He was born in Germany September 8, 1865, and was six years old when his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Fortman, came to America. Of their three children he is the only survivor.
      Henry Fortman grew up on the home farm in McLean township and attended school until he was thirteen years of age pretty regularly but since that time has devoted himself to tilling the soil and growing stock. With his father he cleared about sixty acres of this land and all but twenty acres of woodland is well drained and tiled. His farm products are grain, hay and potatoes largely, with cattle and hogs and an abundance of fruit.
      Mr. Fortman was married first to Miss Agnes Berning, who was born in McLean township and died here July 25; 1893, survived by one son, Bernard. His second marriage was to. Miss Mary Riethman. a native of McLean township and a daughter of Anton Riethman, and the following children have been born to them: Anton, Laurence, Louetta, Henry, Raymond, Alvena and Hilda. Mr. Fortman and family are members of the Catholic church at  Minster, O. In politics he has always been identified with the democratic party.

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