Biography of John Alt
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOHN ALT, who is one of the leading citizens of Liberty township, and a representative agriculturist, resides on his excellent farm of 16o acres, winch he has occupied since 1864. He was born in Bavaria, Germany, November 29, 1838, and is a son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Keller) Alt.

Although Mr. Alt was born in Germany, he has lived in his adopted country since he was 15 years of age. When he reached this country, he was almost without resources, but he found farm work, first near Detroit, Michigan, and later, in Mercer County, Ohio. He was engaged in farming when the Civil War broke out and in 1862 he decided to enter the Union Army. On August 12th of that year, he enlisted in Company F, 99th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and served in the Army of the Cumberland under those great generals of the war, Buell and Rosecrans. He Participated in a number of very heavy engagements, the greatest battle being that at Stone River. He was honorably discharged on account of disability, on November 17, 1863. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Rockford, Ohio.

In the year following his return from the army, Mr. Alt settled on the farm where he now lives. It seemed very far from civilization at that time, woods covering the present fertile fields and no roads leading through the forests. After clearing his land, he gradually put it under cultivation and now has a valuable farm. He was one of the main movers in the project which resulted in the building of the good road which now runs east and west through the township, passing his residence. It has proved a great convenience to him but has also been of equal value to his neighbors. He has served as a trustee of the township for a number of years.

Mr. Alt was married (first) to Louisa Kahle, who was born in Prussia and was a daughter of Christian Kable, a resident of Liberty township at the time. There were seven children born to that marriage and three of these still live, as follows: Sophia, wife of Valentine Brehm, of Liberty township; John, of Liberty township; and Phebe, wife of Michael Burger, of Liberty township. Mr. Alt was married (second) to Rachel Hoenie, who was born near Celina, Ohio, and they have one son, Henry F., who lives at home.

Although Mr. Alt favors the Democratic party, he is a thoughtful man and has opinions of his own and occasionally prefers the man for the office before the party. He has always liberally supported public spirited enterprises and has cast his influence in favor of the public schools. He is a worthy member of the German Evangelical Church and is much esteemed in St. Paul's congregation. As one of the old settlers and as a survivor of the Civil War, Mr. Alt is entitled to consideration, but he also commands respect for the example of industry and integrity he has set. Dependent entirely upon himself, from boyhood, he has reason to feel some pride in what he has accomplished.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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