Biography of Frederick J. Olemacher
Erie County, OH Biographies





FREDERICK J. OLEMACHER. Nearly thirty years ago Frederick J. Olemacher came to the United States a young man without experience in American ways, with no capital, and with willing hands and a steadfast ambition and purpose started to build his own fortune. His success has been such that he is now accounted one of the largest land owners and farmers in Milan Township, and has surrounded himself with those things which constitute real and substantial success in the world.

He is a native of Germany, born in Hessen, October 18, 1841, a son of Daniel and Dorothy (Sauer) Olemacher. They were born at Bursch Walbaugh, in Hessen. His father was of old German ancestry, and through all the generations they had been largely shepherds. The Olemacher family was of hardy and long lived stock, and Mr. Olemacher's grandparents were respectively seventy five and seventy three years of age when they died. Daniel Olemacher himself became an expert shepherd and for many years tended his flock among the hills of his native locality in Germany. His first wife, Miss Sauer, died when her son Frederick was twelve years of age, being survived by seven children, two sons and five daughters. Daniel later married Henrietta Mitz, of the same locality. The children of Daniel who first came to the United States, preceding the rest of the family, were Phillippa, Carolina and Philip, all of whom located in Erie County, married there, and are now deceased, thoagh their descendants are still found in this and other parts of the country. In 1886 Daniel Olemacher and his second wife with their four children and with the children of his first marriage who had not already immigrated, set out for the United States on a sailing vessel from Hamburg, and after thirty two days of a rough passage landed in New York City. The family came on to Monroeville in Huron County, and they soon found employment in different occupations. The first work performed by Frederick J. Olemacher and his father was in shearing sheep at 10 cents per head. At that time they considered it marvelous if they could earn as much money in a single day as they had been accustomed to get after a week of labor in Germany. Daniel Olemacher spent the rest of his days at Monroeville, where he died April 15, 1893, at the age of eighty three His widow passed away September 12, 1912, aged eighty seven. They were both of the German Reformed Church, and he was a democrat. Frederick J. Olemacher has one sister still living, Nettie, the wife of Philip Detrieh of Bryan, Ohio. He also has three half sisters living in Erie County.

His early training was that of a shepherd boy on the hills of his native country, supplemented with the usual education given to German youth, and he was also obliged to serve the regular three years in the Germany army. He had just about finished his term as a soldier when he made it convenient to come to this country with his parents. After arriving in America Mr. Olemacher depended upon hard work and keeping everlastingly at it in order to make progress. He rapidly adapted himself to the new conditions imposed by a strange land, strange language and strange customs, and out of his earnings accumulated enough in a few years to enable him to make his first purchase of land. This was 100 acres in Milan Township, on one of the prominent highways, and when he took possession much of the land was still unbroken and unimproved. To the management of this property he gave the same energetic handling which has been characteristic of him in all his undertakings, and soon had a fine and valuable farm. Upon it he has erected two fine barns, one 35x66 and the other 25x50 feet. His home is a model place for a country residence, and the large white house contains twelve rooms He has made himself an expert in the growing of the staple crops of corn, wheat and oats, and there has been no lapse or diminution in his steady advance to greater prosperity. In the years since his first purchase Mr. Olemacher bought 175 acres in Huron Township, which he gave to his son Adolph. He also owns 133 acres at Spears Corners, and this is now owned and occupied by his son, Henry H. Another sixty acres which he formerly caned belong now to his son William, near Avery in Milan Township. Another son, Fred, has received through the assistance of his father seventy acres in Milan Township, and this place is also near Avery. His son Elmer is still at home, an active assistant to his father, and is the prospective heir to the homestead. All the other four sons are married and have children of their own. Mr. Olemacher also has four daughters: Minnie, wife of Jacob Crecelius, a sketch of whom will be found on other pages; Mary, wife of Herman Crecelius, another successful farmer of Oxford Township; Louise, wife of Henry Schaffer, who is foreman with the Hoover Manufacturing Company at Avery; and Lillian, who, like the other daughter. is very well educated, is still unmarried and living at home.

Mr. Olemacher's first wife was Minnie Lewis, a native of Germany, by whom the first children were born, and there are two children by the present wife. The mother of the younger children of Mr. Olemacher bore the maiden name of Catherine P. Schnee. She was born in Oxford Township, March 16, 1864, and was reared at Bloominville Ohio. Her parents were William and Christina (Schaffer) Schnee, both of whom were born in the Province of Hessen, Germany, coming to the United States when young people, locating in Oxford Township, where they met and married. They started out as farmers, and in 1870 the mother of Mrs. Olunacher died at the age of thirty four. Mr. Schnee married for his second wife Mrs. Elizabeth (Tessue) Schaffer. They reared a family of five children, while Mr. Schnee by his first marriage had seven children, and his wife by her first union was the mother of eight children. Mr. Schnee died February 25, 1905, at the age of sixty five, and his second wife passed away March 17, 1915. All these families are German Reformed Church people. That is the church which Mr. and Mrs. Olemacher attend, and in politics he is a democrat.

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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