Valentine Bender, a German farmer of Poseyville, Ind., was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, November 6, 1863,
son of August and Catherine (Berg) Bender, natives of the same province in Germany, who came to America in 1865,
locating in Vanderburg county. August Bender taught school in Germany and farmed. When he came to America he engaged
in farming and stock raising. He died in Vanderburg county in 1874, and his wife died in 1886. Valentine Bender
attended the common schools of Vanderburg county, first going to a public school held in a log school house and
later attending private school. After finishing his education he worked on the farm. His father having died when
he was eleven years old he remained at home until after the death of his mother. In 1888 he removed to Posey county,
locating in Smith township, where he bought a farm near the Robb township line. Here he began improving the place
and doing general farming, and raising stock for sale. He has sixty two and one half acres under cultivation. Mr.
Bender was married, June 1, 1886, to Threase Will, daughter of Jasper and Louisa (Sanders) Will, natives of Vanderburg
county, Indiana, where they were farmers. Mrs. Bender was born in the same county, in Armstrong township, where
she attended school. They have nine children: Louisa, who married George Augermeyer, lives in Vanderburg county
on a farm; Henry, Frederick A., Olivia T., Alamanda C., Ida M., Viola T., Oscar Antone, Albert A. Jasper, Ida.
Viola and Oscar are attending common school in Posey county and all the children are at home except the married
daughter. All the family are members of the Catholic church at Poseyville, and Mr. Bender is a Democrat. Mrs. Bender
was born December 26, 1865. Her father died in 187o. Mr. Bender came of a family of musicians, his grandfather,
Philip Bender, having been an organist as well as a school teacher and his father also having been an organist
of note in Germany. August Bender was born in 1822 and came to America at the age of forty three. Valentine Bender
is one of a family of six brothers and one sister: Philip, Vanderburg county; John, now dead; Fred died at Mt.
Carmel, Ill.; Barthel, Vanderburg county; Valentine, subject; and Henry, who also lives in Vanderburg county, and
Catherine, who married Henry Will, of Poseyville, Ind. All the brothers are farmers except Henry and Barthel. Mr.
Bender is one of the most progressive farmers of Posey county.
History of Posey County, Indiana
John C. Leffel, Editor
Standard Publishing Company
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