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John Siegel

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 587
Submitted by: Diana (Souders) Smith

JOHN SIEGEL
    one of the representative men of McLean township, president of the
Sherman special school district board of education, is a successful
general farmer and resides in section 10, where he owns 128 acres of
valuable land. He was born in Cynthian township, Shelby county, June
21, 1867. Mr. Siegel secured his education in the schools of his
native township and in the Sherman school district, after which he
learned practical farming and has made farming in all its branches
his business. Since his marriage he has lived on his present farm,
which he purchased of the Sherman estate, and many of the
improvements have been placed here since taking possession. The
farmhouse was in good repair but Mr. Siegel found it necessary to
build a new barn and other structures. He has cleared about loo acres
and has drained the same and put down tiling, the other twenty-eight
acres being yet in valuable timber. His property is favorably
situated as he has a market at Fort Loramie, which is only three
miles west and the Sherman turnpike road gives him fine
transportation facilities. Mr. Siegel married Miss Mary Barhorst, a
daughter of Henry Barhorst of McLean township, and all their seven
children were born on this farm, namely: Elizabeth, Caroline, Frank,
Henry, Raymond, Josephine and Rhinehart. The family belongs to St.
Michael's Catholic church. In politics a strong democrat, Mr. Siegel
has frequently been elected on his party ticket to important township
offices and for four terms was turnpike superintendent and for about
five years has been president of the school board. He has associated
with him other leading men of the township, as follows: Adolph
Sherman, Clemens Wolke, Henry Ernstes, Barney Ernst and Benjamin
Barhorst, William J. Meyers succeeding Mr. Barhorst at the last
election.

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