JOSEPH SCHWIETERMANN, who has been a resident of Mercer County for 54 years and owns a fine farm of 250 acres
in Franklin township, was born July 9, 1852; in Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of Harman Arnold and Mary (Broanian)
The parents of Mr. Schwietermann were both born in Germany; were married there and had one son, Gerhard, when they
came to America and landed at the port of New York, in June, 1836. They came on to Ohio and the father settled
on the farm which remained the old family homestead, On the New Bremen turnpike, east of Carthagena. On thins farm
these children Were born; John Henry, Harman Henry, J. Bernard, Mary, Elizabeth, John and William (twins) and Joseph
and Anna (twins). Both parents Were about 58 years of age at death.
Joseph Schwietermann worked on the home farm until he was married in 1876 to Elizabeth. Ronnehaum, who was born
at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a daughter of Henry Ronnebaum, who came from Germany to America at the age of 17 years
and settled in Cincinnati, where he did house and sign painting. He married Clara Frilling and they had nine children,
four of whom were born at Cincinnati, and the others in Mercer County. They were: Henry, who married Elizabeth
Albers and resides in Franklin township; John, who married Philornena Niekamp and resides in Franklin township;
Elizabeth, wife of our subject; Clara, wife of Augustus Lennartz; Anna, who married John Puthoff and lives at Minster,
Ohio; Frederick, who married Anna Homan, and lived on the home place until his death, in 1903; Katie, who married
Frank Puthoff and lives in Shelby County; and two children who died in infancy. The father of Mrs. Schwietermann
died on New Year's Day, 1894.
After marriage, our subject and wife went to housekeeping on his present farm, which he purchased in 1876, from
his brother William. He built a two room, brick house on his property and in this snug, comfortably little home
seven children were born, but later he made additions and now has a fine brick residence of 12 rooms. His farm
is one of the moist valuable in his locality and he devotes his attention to the growing of grain and the raising
of horses, cattle and hogs. He is known as a first class farmer, as well as an honorable and upright citizen.
Mr. and Mrs. Schwietermann have had these children: Mary, who married Frank L. Dabbelt, has three children - Hubert,
Alfred and Ferdinand - and lives in Franklin township; Agnes, who married Aloys Dabbelt, has one child, Edwin Joseph,
and lives in Franklin township; Minnie and Fred, who died in infancy; and Ferdinand, Clara, Pauline, Joseph and
Urban, all of whom are at home.
Mr. Schwietermann is one of the leading members of the Catholic Church. He takes the interest of a good citizen
in public matters pertaining to his township, but has accepted official position only on the School Board.
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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