CHRISTOPHER SCHUNCK, a retired banker, who for 30 years was president of the Citizens' Bank at Celina, owns
a valuable farm of 440 acres situated in Jefferson township. He was born March 3o, 1830, in Rhenish Bavaria, Germany,
and is a son of Peter and Eva (Meckel) Schunck.
Peter Schunck was also born in Rhenish Bavaria, Germany, whence he came in 1860 to the United States. He engaged
in farming in Mercer County, Ohio, until his death in 1865. He had four children.
Christopher Schunck was reared in Germany and received a good educational training. He came to the United States,
in 1848, accompanying an uncle, settling first in Mercer County, but shortly afterward going to Missouri. He lived
at St. Louis until he completed an apprenticeship to the cooper's trade, when he returned to Mercer County and
worked for several years at his trade and then bought a farm of 80 acres in Granville township and moved upon it.
That Mr. Schunck was a man of sterling qualities was definitely shown when, in 1858, he was elected to the responsible
office of county commissioner and served so capably for two terms that he was elected county treasurer and served
two full terms in that position. In 1873 he was nominated on the Democratic ticket as a member of the Board of
Public Works, but with the balance of the ticket, with the exception of Governor William Allen, was defeated. He
then retired from public life and embarked in a grain business for four years and subsequently built a stave factory,
which he operated several years very successfully. In 1874 he was elected president of the Citizens' Bank of Celina;
and for 30 years stood, at the head. of that sound financial institution. Although retired from the presidency,
he still has an interest in this bank, since incorporated as the Citizens' Banking Company.
Mr. Schunck has been twice married. By his first marriage, to Margaret Schunck, he has four daughters, all of whom
are Sisters of the Most Precious Blood. Mr. Schunck's second marriage was to Bernadine Gottemoller, daughter of
Henry Gottenioller, and they have one son, John B., who is practicing dentistry at New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr.
Schunck is a member of the Catholic Church.
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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