HARMAN GERHARD SCHWIETERMANN, one of the prominent agriculturists of Marion township, Mercer County, Ohio, who
resides on his valuable farm of 120 acres, situated in section 1q, was born near Sebastian, in Marion township,
Mercer County, Ohio, on April 13, 1868, and is a son of Gerhard and Josephine (Munning) Schwietermann.
The Schwietermann family is a numerous one in Mercer County, where it his noted for its thrift and good citizenship.
It was founded here by the grandparents of our subject, Harman Arnold and Maria (Broarnan) Schwietermann, who were
born in Germany and came to America, when their oldest son, Gerhard, was three months old. The family home in Mercer
County was established in 1836 on the farm now occupied by Frank Schwietermann. There were nine others in the family
to which Gerhard belonged, namely: John Henry, Harman Henry, J. Bernard, Mary, Elizabeth, 'John and William (twins),
and Anna and Joseph (twins). The parents died on the farm on which they had settled when all this land was little
less than a wilderness.
Gerhard Schwietermann was reared a farmer and when he arrived at manhood worked for Anton Munning, whose daughter,
Josephine, he married at a later date. Subsequently he purchased his father in law's farm. Josephine Munning was
born in France and was seven years of age when she accompanied her parents to America. They settled near Sebastian,
in Mercer County, where she was later married to Gerhard Schwietermann. She had two brothers, and three sisters:
Catherine, Victora and Mary.
Gerhard Schwietermann and wife had 10 children, as follows: Henry, who married Catherine Grieshop; Mary, who married
George Klostermann; Anna, who married John Flick; Harman Gerhard, the subject of this sketch; Frank, who married
Agnes Stammen; Josephine, who married John Schmidt; Elizabeth, who died aged 18 years; and Philomena, Louis and
George, who live at home. The mother of this family died March 19, 1895, and the death of the father followed five
years later, June 5, 1900.
Harman Gerhard Schwietermann was reared and educated in Marion. township and has been a farmer ever since he has
been old enough to handle agricultural implements. He purchased his present farm from his father, in 1890, and
has resided here ever since, continually improving his property and adding both to its value and to its attractiveness.
When he settled here the residence was a six room brick house, quite comfortable as it was, but in no way equaling
the fine home into which Mr. Schwietermann transformed it in 1906. He carries on general farming and stock raising
and stands in the front rank of good farmers of Marion township.
On February 12, 1890, Mr. Schwieterrnann was married to Catherine Homan, who was born in Mercer County, Ohio, June
I I, 1872, and is a daughter of Barney and Mary (Evers) Homan. Mr. Homan came from Germany in young manhood and
in Mercer County was married to Mary Evers, a native of this county. He was born in 1828 and she in 1841. They
had the following children: Frank, who married Mary Polman; Clemmens, who married Catherine Kellar; Catherine;
Anna, who is the wife of Barney Bills; Joseph, who married Anna Kellar; and Barney, who married Margaret Kellar.
Mr. and Mrs. Homan reside on their farm of 170 acres in Marion township.
Mr. and Mrs. Schwietermann have four children, namely: Rosa, Stephen, Constant and Clemmens. The family belong
to St. Sebastian's Catholic Church at Sebastian. Mr. Schwietermann is a valued and active member of St. Joseph's
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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