Biography of Louis Duennisch
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LOUIS DUENNISCH. Many of the more prominent and prosperous citizens of Ohio were born on the further side of the Atlantic, and since coming to this country to live have been active and useful in advancing the industrial, commercial, financial and social interests of town, county and state. Conspicuous among the number may be mentioned Louis Duennisch, of Sandusky, who, through his own efforts, has acquired a competency, and is now living retired from active business, devoting his time and energy to his extensive private interests. A native of Germany, he was born September 4, 1842, in Ostheim, Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, where his childhood days were spent.

His father, Andrew Frederick Duennisch, was born in Koenigshofen, Bavaria, in 1803. He learned the trade of a millwright when young, and followed it as a journeyman in different places in Germany, among them being Ostheim, Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. He owned and operated a grist mill until his death, in 1855. His last place of business was at Fladungen, Bavaria, where he resided. He married Marie Elizabeth Engel, a native of Ostheim. She survived him, and in 1857, two years after his death, came with her son Louis to Ohio, locating in Sandusky, where she continued her residence until her death, in 1886, at the advanced age of seventy eight years. She reared two children, namely: Christian and Louis. Christian Duennisch immigrated to Ohio in 1853, and after living for a time in Sandusky purchased a farm near Venice, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, at a comparatively early age.

Louis Duennisch attended school at Melfers, until after the death of his father, when he assisted his mother in the management of the mills until she sold out, in 1857. In that year, desirous of joining his brother Christian, he came with his widowed mother to the United States, setting sail from Bremen July 4, and landing in New York August 29, 1857. He spent a short time in Sandusky, after which he lived for a year with his brother On a farm. Returning to Sandusky, he continued his studies at the English school, and when sufficiently familiar with the native language to be of use, entered the employ of J. E. Norcross, then sole proprietor of the Sandusky Sash, Door & Blind Company. Shortly after, Mr. Norcross sold an interest in the business to Mr. E. E. Epp, who became junior member of the firm of Norcross & Upp. At the age of nineteen, Mr. Duennisch was made foreman of the shop, and continued with that firm and its successors for a period of thirty five years, at the time of his resignation the firm name being George R. Butler & Company. Since resigning his position with that company he has been busily employed in looking after his private affairs, which are many and important.

Mr. Duennisch has been twice married His first wife, whose maiden name was Margaret Newman, was of German parentage. She passed to the life beyond in 1875, in early womanhood. He married, second; in 1878, Margaret Ebert, who was born, reared and educated in Sandusky. Her father, Conrad Ebert, was born in Bavaria, where his father, a manufacturer of sash, doors and blinds, was a life long resident. Educated in Bavaria, he learned his father's trade while working with him, and also obtained a thorough knowledge of cabinetmaking. In 1853, at the age of twenty eight years, Mr. Ebert came to Ohio, and thereafter followed his trades in Sandusky through his active life, residing in this city until his death, at the age of seventy four years. Mr. Ebert married Margaret Denninger, who was born in Maroldswersaeh, Bavaria, the daughter of a life long farmer of that locality. She came to this country at the age of thirty one years; was married to Mr. Ebert in 1853, and died at the age of fifty eight years. She was the mother of three children, namely: Karl Ebert; Margaret, now Mrs. Duennisch; and Conrad Ebert.

Mr. and Mrs. Duennisch have traveled extensively, both in this country and abroad. In 1895 they visited the "Land of the Midnight Sun" at a very fortunate time, when the weather was clear and the atmosphere free from fog. On this trip they also visited throughout Europe. In 1899 they toured Mexico, and in 1900 they again visited Europe, going to the place where he was born, and also seeing the principal points of interest in France, Switzerland, Belgium and England. They likewise had the pleasure of witnessing the Passion Play at Oberammergau. They also made an extended trip through the Holy Land, visiting all places of interest to the traveler, including among others the City of Jerusalem. They also made stops in Gibraltar, Malta, Algiers, Alexandria, Cairo, Constantinople, and Athens, becoming familiar with the people of those noted places and their customs.

Among their cherished possessions Mr. and Mrs. Duennisch have a Bible which has been in the family nearly 300 years, bearing the dates 1643 and 1644. Mr. Duennisch also has a watch upwards of a hundred years old. It is of the bull's eye type, with a separable case, and at the end of the silver chain attached is a seal upon which his father's monogram is engraved.

Fraternally Mr. Duennisch is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 329, Free and Accepted Masons; of Sandusky City Chapter, No. 72, Royal Arch Masons; of Sandusky City Council, No. 26, Royal and Select Masters; of Erie Commander, No. 23, Knights Templars; and of Sandusky Lodge, No. 285, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Both Mr. and Mrs. Duennisch were confirmed in the Lutheran Evangelical Church, but are now members of the Christian Science Church.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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