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Ernest J. Roeth

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 650

     a general farmer who is successfully cultivating a valuable tract of eighty-four acres of land which is situated in Loramie township on the range line turnpike road, is a well-known and highly respected citizen of this section of Shelby county. He was born in Germany August 10, 1875, and is a son of Carl F. and Catherine (Wagner) Roeth.
     The parents of Mr. Roeth were also bom in Germany and came from there to the United States in 1881 and settled on the farm above mentioned when there were but few permanent residents, in Loramie township. By trade the father was a carpenter but later became a farmer and in clearing and putting his land under cultivation as fast as possible, spent the rest of his life, his death, occurring at the age of fifty-two years. He was a most worthy man, a consistent member of the Lutheran church to which religious body his wife belongs, her present place of residence being Covington, O. In Germany seven of their family of, ten children were born, three others being added after they came to Ohio. Annie, the eldest, who is now deceased, was the wife of Simon Wehneman. Henry and Mary both reside in Miami county. Reynold is deceased; Ernest J. is the fifth in order of birth; Fred lives in Loramie township; Louis and Albert, both are residents of. Chicago, III.; Alma lives in Miami county, and Edward, the youngest, is now deceased.
     Ernest J. Roeth was six years old when his people came to Shelby county and settled in Loramie township. With his brothers and sisters he attended the Beech Grove school and afterward, until hi; father's death, hired out to neighboring farmers and subsequently, with his brothers, took charge of the home farm, where he still continues his management, and his success has given him the reputation of being one of the most capable farmers of the township.
     Mr. Roeth married Miss Anna Fessler, a daughter of the late Martin Fessler, and they have the following children: Ada, Forest, Clara, Naomi, Eva, Dora and Herbert. Mr. and Mrs. Roeth have lived on this place since 1902 and he has greatly improved it, remodeling the residence and building the substantial barn. In politics he is a democrat but has never accepted any public office except membership on the school board of the Beech Grove special school district, to which he has belonged for three years. He is justly proud of his father's record as .a soldier in the Civil war, he having served for three years as a member of the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Ohio
Volunteer Infantry, receiving an honorable discharge and was mustered out on July 3, 1866. Mr. Roeth and family belong to the Lutheran church at Houston.

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