Biography of John H. Wendeln
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOHN HENRY WENDELN, a substantial farmer of Marion township, whose well developed farm of 120 acres is located in section 26, was born near Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, and is a son of Fred Wendeln and the grandson of Henry Wendeln.

Henry Wendeln, who was a native of Germany, settled at Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, as one of the earliest pioneers; there was only one house in the town when he first located there. He purchased three farms of 86 acres each in Auglaize County, paying for the three farms $100. Here he and his wife lived the remainder of their lives. He was the father of six children, namely: Engel, who married Christopher Greve; Mary, who married John Starkenip; Henry, Anthony, William and Fred.

Fred Wendeln was born in Germany and was 15 years old when his parents came to America and settled in Cincinnati, shortly afterward removing to Auglaize County. Mr. Wendeln worked on his father's farm and on the canal for about three or four years, when he returned to Cincinnati. After residing there for some years, he returned to Minster, purchased a farm of 80 acres and engaged in general farming. Mr. Wendeln was twice married. He was the father of two children by his first wife, namely: William, who married Mary Russ and lives at Minster; and Louisa, who married William: Hester and lives at Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Wendeln's second marriage was. with Mary Bryankamp, who was a native of Germany and a resident of Cincinnati after coming to this country. Seven children were born to the second union: Christopher, who married Sophia Herman; Anna, who married John Kurter; Mary, who married John Bohmann; John Henry; Elizabeth, who married George Hohmann; Dina, who married John Bruns; and Anthony, who married Mary Meyers. Mr. Wendeln died in October, 1890. His widow is a resident of Minster.

John Henry Wendeln, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the Wendeln home farm in Auglaize County, near Minster. After his marriage, when 21 years of age, he rented a farm in Auglaize County for four years, and then moved to Mercer County. He formed a partnership with John Bohmann and started a sawmill, which they operated together for eight years. He then bought Mr. Bohmann's interest in the mill and continued in the business for two years longer. Selling the saw mill to his brother in law, Henry Schulte, he moved to his present farm, which he had purchaed two years previously. He purchased the farm from Anthony Orangeman, whose father had bought it from the government. The old government deed is in the possession of our subject. Mr. Wendeln has since been engaged in general farming and has made many improvements on the farm, having built an eight room frame house, a large barn and other necessary buildings.

Mr. Wendeln was married to Mary Schulte, who was born in October, 1864, and is a daughter of Henry Schulte. Henry Schulte and his wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Wente, were both of German ancestry and were born in Auglaize County, Ohio. They were the parents of 10 children, namely: Mary; Anna, who married Benjamin Nagel, one of the wealthiest farmers of Auglaize County; Henry; Joseph and Louise (twins); Charles; Catherine; Barney; John; and Elizabeth, who married John Gaile. Mr. Schulte died in July, 1906; his widow is living on the home place. Mr. and Mrs. Wendeln have had six children: Frederick, Anna, William (deceased), Rose, Bernardina and Cecilia. Mr. Wendeln and his family are all members of St. John's Catholic Church near Maria Stein.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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