Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman, one of the most -successful farmers in the county of Cass, is of German extraction, his grandparents
having emigrated from Germany at an early day. His father's name was Adam, and at the time of his birth, Marèh
2, 1818, lived in New Jersey. About 1826, the family removed to Cortland County, N. Y., and from there he came
to Cuss County in October of 1845; two years subsequent, he purchased the farm where he now resides. In 1841, he
was married to Miss Satnantha Bentley, by whom he had one child, a daughter (Samantha). About a year and a half
after their marriage, Mrs. Runkle died, and, in 1848, Mr. Runkle was again married to Mrs. Margaret H. Biddle;
she died May 24, 1881. Five children were the result of this union, Margaret H., William A., Henry S., Ida I. (deceased,
1877), and one died in infancy. Mrs. Margaret (Biddle) Runkle was born in Solon, Cortland Co., N. Y., in 1822.
Mr. Runkle has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, and his success is wholly attributable to his own individual
efforts. His chances for an education were limited, but observation and experience have been his teachers, and
he has proved an apt pupil. Industry, economy and quick perception are perhaps the most salient points in his character,
and his success in the accumulation of property is positive evidence of the the fact that industry, energy and
economy are sure of reward.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.