"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
REINHART SIEGEL who is one of the highly respected residents and substantial citizens
of Cynthian township, whose excellent farm of 260 acres lies in
section 15, may be called one of the pioneers here as very wild
conditions prevailed when he first set step in Cynthian township. He
was born March 1, 1838, in Germany, and is a son of Jacob and
Gertrude Siegel. Jacob Siegel brought his family to the United States
when his son was sixteen years of age and they settled near Troy,
Miami.county, O., where they lived for a few years and then came to
Cynthian township, Shelby county. The eighty-acre tract lay in the
woods, four acres of which had been cleared and here the family lived
in a little log cabin. After the mother died, Reinhart bought the
father's land and set up a domestic hearth of his own, marrying
Caroline Circher, who survived until 1907. She was the beloved mother
of four sons and six daughters, namely: Clara, who is the wife of
Benjamin Pauwells, of Minster, O.; and John, Jacob, Joseph,
Josephine, Rachel, Elizabeth; Frances, Peter and Mary. Mr. Siegel has
carried on the usual farm industries and has added tracts of land as
he has deemed desirable, all of which he has cleared and has under
cultivation with the exception of about forty acres in woodland.
Among the many substantial improvements on his place may be mentioned
the comfortable brick residence. Mr. Siegel is a democrat in his
political opinions but has never desired to hold public office. With
his children he belongs to St. Michael's Catholic church at Fort
Loramie, O. He has an excellent memory and can tell much that is
interesting concerning early days in Cynthian township.