GEORGE RAMMEL, a representative farmer of Granville township, where he owns a fine farm of 195 acres, with residence
located in section 32, was born at Wendelin, Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of Joseph and Anna Mary (Erlbeck)
The father of our subject was one of a family of seven children born to his parents and the only one to come to
America. He was born in one of the small provinces of Germany and grew up to be a farmer in his native land, where
he remained until he was 42 years of age. His destination, after landing on American soil, was Mercer County, and
he came directly here, by way of the lakes and down the canal to Minster, and thence by wagon to the locality where,
he had been led to believe, he would be able to purchase a farm at a reasonable price. Hies first purchase was
one of 40 acres, near Wendelin.
On the same vessel in which he crossed the Atlantic Ocean, was a pleasant, attractive young woman, by the name
of Anna Mary Erlbeck and during the long voyage they became well acqauinted and were married soon after they reached
Wendelin. In her he found a hearty helpmate. They first built a log house and barn in the woods that covered the
whole country outside of the village at that time. Later Joseph Rammel sold that farm and bought 80 acres in Granville
township near our subject's present farm, and there he died on May 2, 1892. His widow still survives, and resides
in the home of her son George.
Joseph Rammel and wife had nine children, as follows Joseph, deceased; Mary, who married Andrew Buehler; George;
John, deceased; John (2), who married Catherine Borgerding; Frank, who married Catherine Sutter; Leonard, who married
Mary Plans; Peter, who married Maggie Lieser; and Catherine, deceased, who was the wife of William Sutter.
George Hammel was reared in Granville township and has witnessed the wonderful development which has taken place
in this part of Mercer County. In his boyhood there were no roads, just paths through the woods, and deer and wild
turkeys were frequently seen and sometimes wild beasts were visitors to the farm. He first went to school in an
old log structure and great were the rejoicings when a neat frame building took its place. He remained at home
assisting his father on the farm until his marriage, in 1878, after which he bought 40 acres of land from his father,
the portion of his farm on which he has resided ever since and on which, in the fall of 1900, he erected his comfortable
frame house. Later, he bought 40 acres more from his father and subsequently he bought 80 acres from the W. Meinerding
estate, all woodland, which he has cleared, and 25 acres from Michael Slageler. He rents a part of his land, which
has a house and barn on it. He carries on mixed farming and has been very successful.
On October 27, 1878, Mr. Rammel married Mary Tobe, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Glencamp) Tobe. Both parents
of Mrs. Rammel were born in Germany and both died in Mercer County, the mother when Mrs. Rammel was 10 years old,
and the father in old age. The latter came to America when a youth of 18 years, settling first at Cincinnati, where
he engaged in foundry work. Later he bought a farm near St. Henry, where the rest of his life was passed. Joseph
and Mary Tobe had four children, namely: Joseph, who married Anna Siefering, first, and after her death, Caroline
Cowlick; Benjamin, who married Bernadina Dahlinghouse; Fred, who married Elizabeth Dahlinghouse; and Mary, wife
of our subject, who was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 21, 1855, and was about 18 months old when her parents
brought her to Mercer County.
Mr. and Mrs. Rammel have four children, namely: William Joseph, George, Dora and John George, all at home.
In politics Mr. Hamel is a Democrat. He served one term as township trustee and has been a member of the township
School Board ever since 1878. With his wife and children, he belongs to St. Paul's Catholic Church, at Sharpsbiirg.
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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