EDWARD W. BERTKE, a progressive farmer of Franklin township, who resides on his farm of 8o acres located in
section 35, was born June 7, 1870, on a farm in German township, Auglaize County, Ohio, and is a son of Rudolph
and Caroline (Bakemiller) Bertke.
Rudolph Berate was born in Germany, where he was reared, educated and first married. When he came to this country,
he settled on a farm in Auglaize County, Ohio, and now lives retired at New Bremen. He had two children by his
first marriage: Henry, a resident of St. Marys, who married Mary Ahlers and owns a farm across the road from that
of Edward W.; and Caroline, who married Gus Dickie and lives on a farm near St. Marys. His first wife died and
he married Caroline Bakemiller, a native of Germany, who came to America and joined a sister at New Bremen, Ohio.
There were 12 children born to this marriage, namely: Louise, who married Henry Brockman; George, who married Minnie
Rump, and was accidentally killed while out hunting; Fred; who married Martha Heshfelt; John, who married Elizabeth
Neddermare; Edward W.; Emma, who married Julius Ahlers, both now deceased; Augustus, who married Ida Kenning; Ellen
unmarried, who lives at New Bremen with her father; Rose, Martin and two infants, deceased.
Edward W. Bertke was reared on his father's farm in German township, Auglaize County, and has always been engaged
in farming. Prior to his. marriage he rented his father's farm in Franklin township for two years, at the end of
which time he purchased it, and has been engaged in operating it ever since. Mr. Bertke was united in marriage
to Sophia Neddermann, daughter of William and Minnie (Niemeyer) Neddermann, and they have two children: Emma, born
March 26, 1901, and Ada, born September 14, 1902. The parents of Mrs. Bertke were both born and reared in German
township, Auglaize County, Ohio. They had seven children, as follows: Sophia, born July 19, 1877; William, who.
married Flora Witte; Elizabeth, who married John Bertke, a brother of Edward W.; and Fred, Leo, Lafe and Edward,
all of whom are living on the home farm in German township. Mr. and Mrs. Eertke are members of the Lutheran Church
at New Bremen.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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