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Levi D. Fessler

History of Shelby County and Representative Citizens pp. 608-609
Submitted by Lida Cook.

LEVI D. FESSLER, who is one of the leading citizens of Loramie township, Shelby county, O., for many years has been especially interested in the public schools and their advancement, and is a general farmer, his forty acres of well-improved land lying one mile north of the Miami and Shelby 
county line and nine miles from the city of Piqua, O.  Mr. Fessler was born on this farm, August 28, 1862, and is a son of John J. and Catherine (Ganger) Fessler.

John J. Fessler was born in Baden, Germany, February 21, 1825, and was twenty-one years old when he accompanied his widowed mother, Salome Fessler to America.  His father died in Germany leaving ten children, the eldest of whom, George Fessler, was the first of the family to cross 
the Atlantic ocean and begin life in the United States.  When the mother and nine children followed they all lived in Cincinnati, O., for a time, while they sought a desirable section in which to settle permanently, finally selecting eighty acres in Loramie township, Shelby county, forty acres of which Levi D. Fessler now owns.  They were among the pioneers when they came here, very little clearing having been done in the township and neighbors were few.  They went through all the hardships of 
pioneer life but never parted with their land and each year made it more valuable.

John J. Fessler married Catherine Ganger, who was born in Montgomery county, O., April 1, 1831, and her death occurred January 10, 1895, and her burial was in the Bloomer cemetery in Miami county, and by her side her husband was laid five years later, his death taking place in March, 
1900, his age being seventy-five years, one month and seven days.  They were members and conscientious supporters of the Lutheran church. Politically he was a democrat and on two occasions was elected a trustee of Loramie township and served with fairness and honesty.  They settled in Loramie township and here their children were reared as follows: Margaret, Mary, Barbara and Catherine, all of whom are now deceased; Louisa, who lives in Cynthian township; John, who is a resident of Elkhart, Ind.; Jacob, who is in business in Piqua; Levi D.; William, who 
also lives at Piqua; and Minnie, who is the wife of J. H. Fritz, of Loramie township.

Levi D. Fessler attended the district schools and remained on the home farm and took care of his parents until they passed away and then purchased the south forty acres of the homestead.  Since then he has greatly improved his property and all the substantial buildings here were erected by him and all other improvements made.  Like his father he has always been a democrat and has taken a good citizen's interest in township affairs and has felt especially responsible concerning the 
permanence and efficiency of the public schools, serving for seven years as clerk of the board of education of the Beech Grove Special School District.  He served three terms as assessor of Loramie township and for four years as a trustee, during the second two years being president of the board.

On June 5, 1892, Mr. Fessler was married to Miss Barbara Elizabeth Wehneman, who was born in Loramie township, April 2, 1864, a daughter of John H. and Ann Elizabeth Wehneman, and they have five children: Clarence Ferdinand, Mabel Ruth, Alice Pearl, Ruby Leona and Clissie Marie.  These children are all bright students in the same school their father attended.  The family belongs to the Lutheran church.

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