Biography of Henry Hallenbeck
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





HENRY HALLENBECK, Justice of the Peace, Springfield. With pleasure we speak of Mr. Hallenbeck in connection with his official position, and also as being one of the elderly and prominent men of Springfield. He has been connected in an official way with the county's interests for many years. He is native of New York, and was born April, 1815. His parents, Jacob a ad Elizabeth (Haynes) Hallenbeck, were also natives of that State, as were his parents, Matthias and Margaret Hallenbeck, and their parents. The Esquire is a descendant of one of the first settlers of Albany, N. Y., they emigrating from Holland in 1610, bringing their own ships, laden with agricultural implements, and brick to build their houses, and to this day can be seen the piles of brick that were brought from Holland more than two centuries ago. Jacob and Elizabeth Hallenbeck were parents of eight children, only two of whom are now living - our subject and his sister, Nancy Currey, who lives near Buffalo, N. Y. Henry was wedded to Miss Elizabeth Stewart, of Watertown, Jefferson Co., N. Y., in February, 1836. Their eldest daughter, Julia E., is the wife of Eliphiet Cots, Principal of the Southern Building, Springfield, Ohio. She was born in New York previous to the removal of her parents, which occurred in 1840, they driving in their own conveyance from their home in that State to this beautiful city which, at that time, was a village of 850 inhabitants. From 1842 to 1846, Mr. Hallenbeck served as Deputy Sheriff under Absolve Maddox; in 1848, he was elected Sheriff and served two terms. During the war he was employed in the mail service, and previously engaging in the stock and grocery business. From 1865 to 1870, he was traveling agent for the Springfield Rock Paint Company. He also established the manufactory of Whetstone Bros., manufacturers of colors. In 1870, he started for Missouri determined to open up a farm; he tried valiantly for four years, and finding it a losing business, sold out and came back to Springfield. In April, 1877, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and was reelected in April, 1880. As an official his judgment is excellent, and his friends are legion; as a public spirited citizen, he is ever at the front; his integrity is unquestioned, and is one of our practical men - loving right and bating wrong. We are glad to have this opportunity of perpetuating his name in the history of this county, of which he has been so long a resident. Two sons, William H. and John G. Hallenbeck, reside in Kansas City; Augusta Diefendorf and Clara Barker, their two daughters, live near Leavenworth, Kam Many things of interest to the readers of this history has been gleaned from Esquire Hallenbeck, and we are sure that facts furnished by him extending over a forty years' residence in Springfield, may be regarded as correct.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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