NICHOLAS NIEDING. The really free man is one who has some share in controlling and making his own destiny. It
is the satisfaction which comes from in some measure creating one's own career that gives value to such substantial
citizens as Nicholas Nieding, who is one of the thrifty and progressive farmers of Florence Township, owning an
attractive homestead along Rural Route No. 2 out of Wakeman. He is a farmer and stock raiser, and his home is situated
on the west bank of the Vermilion River along the West Vermilion River Road. With fifty one acres under his control
and management, he has more than a local reputation as a grower of fine crops. Most of his farm land is situated
in the river bottom, and possesses a fertility which wisely managed has proved the basis of Mr. Nieding's prosperity.
Mr. Nieding bought this farm in 1909, having previously for two years operated the Funk farm near Birmingham.
Nearly all his active career of more than twenty years has been spent as a farmer in Erie County. However, he was
born in Brownhelm Township of Lorain County, September 25, 1872, and was reared and educated there. He has lived
in Erie County for the past twenty five years, Mr, Nieding's parents and ancestors were substantial German people
through all the generations. He is a son of Henry and Christina (Fraley) Nieding, who were born in Germany, and
were married soon after they came to America. They became man and wife in Milan Township of Erie County and the
father started his career as a renter on a farm. Subsequently they removed to Brownhelm Township in Lorain County,
where he bought seventy acres of wild wood land. It was necessary to cut downs a number of trees to clear a space
before he could erect his first frame house, It was a substantial home, comprising eight rooms, and he also added
other farm buildings, and made it a most valuable and attractive place, Prosperity rewarded his efforts, and he
spent his last years in comfort, His death occurred in July, 1895, at the age of sixty four, while the mother passed
away February 21, 1909, being then seventy one years of age. Both were members of the German Reformed Church, having
been reared in that faith, while in politics he was a democrat, While they were people of most substantial character
and achievements themselves, they deserve further honor because of their fine family of ten children, six sons
and four daughters, all of whom are married and have families of their own, and all live in this part of the state.
After growing up in Lorain County and getting his education in the local schools, Nicholas Nieding married at Sandusky
Miss Emma C. Horchler. She was born in Licherode, Germany, December 26, 1868. She was only thirteen years of age
when she set out alone for the United States, leaving her parents behind in Germany where they died about two years
later, She made the journey from Bremen to New York, and thence came on to Erie County, where she joined some of
her sisters. She lived for a time with her sister Mrs Margaret Stump, Her other sisters were Mrs, Martha Asmus,
now deceased, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodside, of Milan, and Catherine, who died after her marriage to Peter Leimbach.
To Mr. and Mrs. Nieding have been born three children, Christina H., born June 12, 1895, is now the wife of Lloyd
Moats and lives in Berlin Heights; Carl E., born May 5, 1899, is still attending school and lives at home with
his parents; Caroline M., born April 24, 1902, is also in school, Mr. and Mrs. Nieding are both well known people
in their community, are attendants of the Reformed Church and in politics he is a republican.
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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