Biography of Michael Neuschwander
Allen County, OH Biographies

MICHAEL NEUSCHWANDER, farmer, Bluffton. Among the early pioneers of Allen County and the first German families in Richland Township was the Neuschwander family. Michael, our sublect, the youngest of five children, was born June 11, 1823, on mid ocean, his parents being on their way from Switzerland to America. They located the same year (1823) in Wayne County, Ohio, where t.hey remained for ten years. The father, a cooper by trade, engaged in farming after coming with his family to Allen County, Ohio, in 1833. They settled on the farm where our subject now resides, camping out for three weeks until a temporary cabin covered with brush was erected. The wolves were numerous at that time, and a fire was kindled at night in front of the cabin to frighten them away. On one occasion, Daniel, our subject's elder brother, was chased by them, and, though in great peril, managed to effect his escape by urging on his horse. Deer and other game were plentiful. The Indians, who were camped near the settlers, proved themselves to be good neighbors, and were always friendly to the family. Later the father built the log house which is still standing. Our subject was married in Richland Township, in 1845, to Fannie, daughter of John Geiger, a pioneer of Putnam County, Ohio, and the children born to this union are John S., Mary, Anna, Joshua, Amos E., David and Sarah. Mr. Neuschwander and wife are members of the Reformed Mennonite Society. He is owner of a fine farm of 200 acres with first class improvements.

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