HENRY J. KISHMAN. Some of the best farms in Vermilion Township have as their proprietors people either of German
birth or German parentage. No element has been of greater influence and benefit as developers of the soil and as
good citizens in Vermilion Township than the people of the fatherland. The Kishman family has long been prominent
in Vermilion Township, and one of its representatives is Henry J. Kishman.
He is a farmer who thoroughly understands his business and has made his enterprise not only profitable to himself
but a factor in the community welfare. He owns a fine place of 106 acres in Vermilion Township on Rural Route No.
2 out of Huron. His land is nearly all under cultivation, and season after season he has succeeded in growing the
finest of crops of corn, wheat, oats and potatoes. Among other good farm buildings he has a substantial twelve
room house. Mr. Kishman also owns forty acres of highly improved land on the lake shore in the same township, and
that has building improvements, including a substantial barn.
On the first farm mentioned Mr. Kishman has had his home steadily since 1889. He was born on a place along the
lake shore in Vermilion Township April 21, 1863, and as a boy attended school in subdistrict No. 3. His parents
were Werner and Eliza (Lutz) Kishman. His father was born in Kurhessen, Germany, in 1843, and when a young man
came across the ocean on a sailing vessel to America, locating first in Vermilion, Erie County, there learning
a trade as blacksmith. He met and married in Brownhelm, Lorain County, Miss Eliza Lutz. After their marriage they
moved to the farm on the lake shore in Vermilion Township, where they were confronted by a pioneer undertaking
in the clearing and developing of their land. There the wife and mother passed away in April, 1896, aged fifty
six years. Werner Kishman died at the home of his daughter in Sandusky May 20, 1911, when in his seventy third
year. Hem was a democrat in polities, and served in local offices in his home township. He and his wife were confirmed
members of the German Reformed Church, and he was a charter member of the Mittewanga German Reformed Church.
Henry J. Kishman was the oldest in a family of six, four sons and two daughters, all of whom are married and still
live in Erie County. Mr. Kishman himself was married in Vermilion Township to Miss Bertha Reiber. She was born,
reared and educated in the same township, and is the daughter of John Reiber, long one of the prominent citizens
here of German birth and ancestry. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Kishman are three in number. Catherine like her
brothers acquired a good education in the public schools and is still at home. Werner is unmarried and is an active
farmer on his father's place. John is still a student in the public schools, being in the eighth grade. Mr. and
Mrs. Kishman and children are all members of the German Reformed Church, in which he is an elder. Politically he
is a democrat. He and his wife have taken a specially active part in church affairs and they are people who maintain
the highest standards of morality and do all they can to make their community a better place to live in.
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
Erie County, Ohio
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