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John William Rausenberger

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 847

     one of Shelby county's well-known and highly respected citizens, is numbered with the substantial and reliable men of Perry township, where he owns two valuable farms, one of 149 acres and the other of 162 acres. He is also a stockholder in the Ralston Car Company of Columbus. He is a native of Champaign county, where he was born in 1856, the son of John M. and Dora (Rexer) Rausenberger, who came to this country in 1844.
     John M. Rausenberger was born in Wittenberg, Germany, August 6, 1819, where he attended school and was apprenticed at the age of fourteen to a butcher. At that time this meant serving two years without pay or, to be accurate, John had to pay forty dollars to his master for his training. His faithfulness was rewarded in being allowed to buy and sell stock for his employer and thus he saved enough to buy his own clothes. After nine years as a journeyman in Porcheim, Frankfort-on-the-Main, and Antwerp, he set sail from Rotterdam, Holland, and after a voyage of forty-eight days, landed in Baltimore with two dollars in his pocket, which after three years' work he increased to $850.
     This sum being sufficient in those early days for a matrimonial venture, he married Miss Dorothy Rexer, a native of Malmsheim, Germany, and came to Logan county, in 1848, where Mrs. Rausenberger had an uncle living.
     An enterprising farmer, with careful investments, Mr. Rausenberger succeeded in accumulating considerable land and raised a family of six children: George J., born in January, 1850, married Laura Mohr and died January 17, 1903, leaving four children; Andrew J., born in March, 1852, married Mary Detrick, died March 30, 1900, survived by three children: Catherine, the next born, who became the wife of John Ziegler, died, leaving one child; John W., the subject of this sketch, born February 1, 1856; Sarah C., the wife of Upton Moore, who survived her husband with three children; Dorothea, now Mrs. Samuel Huber of Logan county, who has four children. The mother died January 25, 1902, living to be eighty-two years of age. After his family left home Mr. Rausenberger disposed of his farm and is spending the declining years of his life with his daughter, Mrs. Moore, at Degraff, O., honored for a life of ninety-three years well spent. He was a liberal supporter of the Lutheran church and an ardent democrat in politics:
     John William Rausenberger attended the district schools, assisted his father in his business enterprises until 1883, when he married Miss Emma Huber, March 11, and brought his bride to a farm in Perry township, bought of Adam Grep in 1882, which has been his home ever since. Five children were born in this household, one of whom, born February 5, 1889, died in infancy. The others are: Florence Henrietta, born June 13, 1884; Ada, November 4, 1890; Sarah Anna, July 10, 1892; and George H., born November 22, 1896. Like his father, Mr. Rausenberger is a democrat of the Jacksonian type, though never an office holder, and an ingrained Lutheran, his family being worshipers of St. John's Evangelical congregation in Sidney.
     The father of Mrs. J. W. Rausenberger, George Huber, was born in Wittenberg, Germany, May 10, 1825. After working at various occupations, he set sail for America and landed in New York, May 28, 1846, with only a few dollars. He engaged in the milling business in Pennsylvania, and, in 1849, married Henrietta Schwilke of Lancaster, and in 1853 came to Logan county, O., where he now resides on a farm in Union township. Twelve children were bom to this union, eight of whom reached maturity and are living in Shelby and Logan counties. Those living are: Lewis; Samuel; Emma Catherine; Sophia; Anna, now Mrs. E. C. Hurst; Andrew and Daniel. Mrs. Huber died August 20, 1886. Mr. Huber has been a successful farmer, honorable in his dealings, and is now living with his daughter, Sophia, at the age of four score and seven years. Both were Lutherans, but united with the Church of the Brethren in Logan county.

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