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Henry Wendeln

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 489

    who owns a very valuable farm containing 178 acres, which lies in section 11, McLean township, adjoining the town of Fort Loramie on the north side is one of the substantial and representative citizens of this section of the county. He was born February 26, 1855, in Auglaize county, O., and is a son of Henry Wendeln, and a grandson of William Wendeln. Grandfather William Wendeln emigrated from Germany with his family of five sons and three daughters and settled in Auglaize county, O., securing 160 acres of government land situated in Jackson township. This was in 1833 and as yet no roads had been constructed in the township and it took a long time to go to and from Piqua, the nearest provision point. The grandfather survived for five years after coining to America, his death occurring on the above farm and his burial being at Minster, in the Catholic church cemetery, having been a lifelong member of that faith. Henry Wendeln, son of William, was bom in Oldenburg, Germany, and accompanied his parents to the United States. He worked for several months at Cincinnati, O. and then took charge of the farm in Jackson township and was married to Elizabeth Duttmann. She also was a native of Germany and had been in America but three months when she married and ten children were
born to them, four of whom are yet living. Henry being the second youngest of the family. The father, Henry Wendeln, continued to carry on the farm until his death, at the age of fifty years and was survived by his wife for ten years, she then being aged fifty-nine years. The grandmother survived both her son and daughter-in-law, living to the age of eighty-nine years and her last days were made comfortable by the kind attentions of her grandson, Henry Wendeln.
    About two years before his grandmother's death, Henry Wendeln came into possession of the home farm and continued to live there for five years following his marriage and then sold it to advantage and bought his present farm, in 1882, it being but partly improved. Mr. Wendeln remodeled the residence and made other improvements, has cleared about, forty acres and still has twenty acres in valuable woodland. He carries on a general farming line. Fort Loramie giving him a ready market, and is one of the prosperous agriculturists of this section. In 1877 Mr. Wendeln was married to Miss Mary Anna Liening, who was born at Minster, O., a daughter of Benjamin Liening. She died in May, 1890, and her burial was in St. Michael's cemetery, her age being thirty-five years. She was the mother of five children, namely: Louis, who is a farmer near Wheatfield, Ind., married Bertha Panchar; Katie, who lives at Cincinnati, O.; Rosa, who is the wife of Benjamin Schulte, living at Maria Station; Edward, who assists his father; and Joseph, who died at the age of nine months. In 1892 Mr. Wendeln was married to his present, wife, Catherine Bohman, who then lived at Annexburg. Ind., and they have seven children: Carrie, Dena, Eleanor, Mary, Millie, John Henry and Andrew. Mr. Wendeln has given his children all possible advantages and they have done well at school. Since January, 1912, he has been a member of the board of education of the Berlin special school district. The family belongs to St.
Michael's Catholic church at Fort Loramie.

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