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Joseph Frankenberg

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 675


     who owns one of the fine farms of Dinsmore township, Shelby county, a beautiful, fertile tract of 200 acres, situated two miles east of Botkins, O., was born in this township in 1858, and is a son of Harmon and Louisa (Alkermire) Frankenberg. Harmon Frankenberg, the father, who died in 1862, was a highly respected man and by trade was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He left six children: Julius, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary and Theresa. Some time after the death of her first husband, Mrs. Frankenberg married Barney Wempe and four children were born to that marriage: Josephine, Catherine, John and Barney, John being deceased.
     Joseph Frankenberg was educated in the district schools and then worked on his step-father's farm and was sixteen years old when the latter died. He then took charge of the farm for his mother and operated it until he was twenty-two years of age, at which time he married. He had inherited forty acres from his father's estate and then settled on that tract and erected a residence and shortly afterward bought forty acres more. Three years later he bought still another forty acres and his next purchase was a tract of eighty acres. He made all the improvements on his land and devotes it to general farming and stock raising.
     Mr. Frankenberg married Miss Frances Greve, who is a daughter of Harmon and Louisa Greve and the following children have been born to them: Clara, John, Louis, Joseph, Frances, Aloysius, Catherine and Clemens, all of whom live at home with the exception of Frances and Clara, the former of whom is the wife of Paul Smith and they live in Shelby county. The latter married Frank Switzer and they live in Auglaize county and have three children : Richard, Alfred and Hilda. Mr. Frankenberg and family belong to the Catholic church. Politically he is a democrat. He is one of the reliable, substantial men of the township and one of its best and most progressive farmers.

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