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Lewis Hohn

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 825

     who is one of the well known and highly respected citizens of Clinton township, now living retired and in the enjoyment of the ease won by many years of persistent industry, has been a resident of Shelby county since 1852 but his birth took place August 13, 1827, in Montgomery county, Ohio. His parents were Daniel and Mary (Gebhart) Hohn.
     Daniel Hohn was born in Maryland and was six years old when his parents brought him to Ohio, and he was reared on one of the pioneer farms of that early period and fanning was his occupation through life. When he reached manhood the whig party was a force in politics and he became a member of it, but in his later years was a democrat in his views. He married Mary Gebhart, who was born in Pennsylvania, no doubt of German parentage, and was but one year old when the family came to Ohio, where her subsequent life was spent. 'They had three children: Lewis, Elias and Lorette, the last named being the wife of John J. Stetler. The family belonged to the Lutheran church.
     Lewis Hohn had but meager educational advantages, partly because his father needed his help at home and also because in his boyhood not much provision had yet been made for the schooling of the children, a few months in the winter seasons being all they could expect in the way of instruction. He then settled down as a farmer, spending his summers in cultivating the land and his winters in the forests chopping cord-wood. When he came first to Shelby county he settled in Turtle Creek township and lived there for twenty-five years, where he owned sixty acres of land. In 1877 he bought  the farm on which he still lives, in Clinton township, and retained his other farm until 1903, when he sold it and in later years rented out his present one, his tenant carrying on a general farming line here and raising enough stock for home use only.
     Mr. Hohn was married first in 1849, to Miss Mary Straus, who died October 6, 1892, the mother of the following children: Mary, who is the widow of John A. Russell; William; Franklin L.; and Malinda, who is the wife of Michael Albert King. Mr. Hohn was married (second) on May 12, 1898, to Miss Louisa Tridle, who was born in Miami county, Ohio, but was reared in Shelby county, a daughter of John and Harriet (Yinger) Tridle. Mr. and Mrs. Tridle had the following children: Corwin, Margaret, Louisa, Elmer, Aaron, Elnathan, Yinger and George. Mr. and Mrs. Hohn are members of the Presbyterian church. He has always voted the democratic ticket and continues his interest in public affairs. During his long life he has witnessed many changes and can recall many very interesting events of past days concerning the old families and the settlement of the county.

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