Biography of Christian Ensminger


Ensminger, Christian, Tonawanda, was born in that town, April 28, 1848, a son of George Ensrninger, who was born in Germany in 1814, and was one of four children born to Conrad Ensminger, viz., Charles, George, Christian and Caroline. Conrad came to America in 1833, bringing his family with him and located in the town of Tonawanda. George, the fatber of the subject, found employment at farm work and after a few years bought a tract of twenty-five acres. He was a hard worker and industrious and to this farm added from time to time until he owned at one time 300 acres. He assisted each of his three sons in purchasing a farm. In politics he was a Democrat. His wife was Magdelene Schear, a native of Germany and daughter of Andrew Schear. They reared three sons and three daughters, and were both members of the Lutheran church, in which he often filled official capacities. He died October 8, 1891, and his widow June 25, 1892. Christian Ensminger received a very limited education, being obliged to work on the farm and do a man's work at a very early age. He remained with his father until thirty years of age, when he purchased a farm which his father assisted him to pay for, and in 1888 he sold that farm and purchased the farm of fifty acres on which he now resides. In 1892, during the land boom in that town, he disposed of thirty.five acres at a high price, retaining fifteen acres for his own residence; he still operates the farm, having leased it from the purchasers; on his farm he has erected large and commodious farm buildings. In politics Mr. Ensminger is a Democrat, and is a member of the Lutheran church in which he has served as trustee for a number of years. He served as school trustee from 1887 to 1896; was twice collector for the Farmers' Insurance Co. of Tonawanda, and a director a number of years and appraiser of the same company. In 1881 he married Caroline Hoehn, a native of Iowa, and daughter of George and Magdelene Hoehn, who were first residents of Tonawanda, moving to Iowa later. Mr. and Mrs. Ensminger are the parents of three children: Julia, Rose and George.

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