Biography of William H. Houck
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM H. HOUCK, brick manufacturer, Springfield; is one of the old reliable citizens of Springfield. He was born in Frederick Co., Md., April 5, 1821; came to Clark Co., Ohio, with his parents, in May, 1836, and settled in Springfield; he is a son of George and Mary (Snyder) Houck; his father, George Houck, opened a brick yard the same spring that he moved here, and continued the same within four years of his death; he died Jan. 4, 1862, and Mrs. Houck March 26, 1866. William H. is the fifth of ten children, seven of whom are now living. He was married, in October, 1850, to Virlinda, daughter of John ands Elizabeth Johnson; she was born in Indiana in March, 1826, but was living in Illinois when married to Mr. Houck; they have five children living; but one married - Emma E., who was married, in 1875, to Rev. W. H. Single, A. M., a native of Pennsylvania; he entered Wittenberg College in 1868; graduated in 1873; spent one year in Yale College, and then returned to Wittenberg and became a student in the theological department, and graduated in that branch in 1875; he is at present Pastor of the English Lutheran Church at Bellefontaine, Ohio, and editor of the Lutheran Evangelist; also Secretary of the Board of Directors of Wittenberg College. Our subject worked with his father at brick making until he was 21 years old, when he started a brick yard under his own supervision, which he has carried on ever since, with the exception of about four years; besides his brick kilns, he has dealt largely in real estate; he has made five additions to the city of Springfield, three of his own, and two in partnership with others in all, about 130 lots. He is a member and one of the Trustees of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church on Yellow Spring street.

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


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