who is one of Jackson township's most respected citizens, has spent almost all of his long and busy life in Ohio but his birth took place in Alsace, Germany, April 21, 1839. He was but one year old when his parents, Jacob and Catherine (Elsass) Metz brought him to America. They settled in Stark county, O., with their seven children and two more were born after coming to the United States. Jacob, the eldest, died in Germany; Philip and Christian live in Jackson township; Catherine is the widow of Peter Regula; Sophia is the widow of Jacob Wildermuth; Elizabeth, deceased, was the wife of Philip Helmlinger; Jacob; Caroline died when aged six years; and Christiana died in infancy.
The father of the above family followed farming in Stark county for nine years and then moved into Shelby county and located two miles north of Jackson Center, on a tract of eighty acres, in Jackson township, its situation being on the north county line between Shelby and Auglaize counties. He improved that farm and bought several other tracts so that he was able to give each son a farm of 160 acres. He was an earnest member of the Lutheran church and gave His assistance in the erection, of the log church edifice in Jackson township, the first Lutheran church. He never learned the English language but this made little difference as the larger number of the neighbors were also Germans. He died at the home of his son Jacob, in 1864, when aged sixty-seven years, survived by his widow who lived to the age of eighty-one years.
Jacob Metz remained on the home farm and took care of his parents as long as they lived. He attended school before leaving Stark county and afterward, for one winter, went to school in Dinsmore township. All his later youth was given to work on the farm which he assisted his father to clear, and in the course of years became a man of large possessions, owning some nine hundred acres of land. As his father before him had done, he gave each of his children a valuable farm, retaining only
thirty-nine acres for his own home, which lies in section 5, in Jackson township.
On December 24, 1861, Mr. Metz was roamed to Miss Catherine Gross, who was born December 13, 1842, in Clay township, Auglaize county, a daughter of Philip and Barbara (Norrit) Gross, the former of whom was born in Germany and died in Clay township, while the latter was born in France and died in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Metz. Mrs. Metz was one of a family of eight children and she has one living brother and sister: Nicholas, who lives at Santa Fe; and Elizabeth, who is the wife of Philip Zorn, of Jackson township. The following children were bom to Mr. and Mrs. Metz: Catherine, who is the wife of Henry Kempfer, of Dinsmore township, and they have three children, Caroline, Albert and Luella; Jacob J., who married Lena Pulfere, lives in Auglaize county and they have, Albert, Roy and Harley; Elizabeth, who married John Wildermuth of Jackson township and they have Clarence, John, Harley, Clara, Arvel and Melvin, twins, Edna and Roy; Philip, who married Catherine Banhart, lives in Logan county and they have Carrie, Emma, Edna, Tressie, Lenora and Lester Philip; Christian; John, of Jackson township, married Ella Fogt; Barbara, who married Nathan Shroyer of Logan county, and they have, Velma, Ernest and Chrystal: Lewis J., who lives in Jackson township, married Cora Ambos and they have two children, Wilma Marie and Luetta Viola; William, of Jackson township, who married Ida Boyer and they have three children, Ralph, Florence and Evelin Loraine; Sophia, who died at the age of twenty-one years; Caroline, who died when aged two years and four months; and Christiana, who died in infancy.
Mr. Metz has always been a farmer and still enjoys looking after his little property which his son Christian, who still lives at home, practically manages. He has been a very liberal man and has a family that holds him in loving esteem. In politics a stanch democrat, he has served at times in such local offices as school director and road supervisor. He has been a consistent member and generous supporter of the Lutheran church ever since boyhood.