LEWIS F. OBENAUF, one of Beaver township's representative men, residing on his valuable farm of 125 acres. in
section 15, was born on the farm.; and in the house now owned and occupied by his older brother, Theodore Obenauf,
January 4, 1865. His parents were Francis and Wilhelmina (Doerfer) ObenauL
Lewis Franklin Obenauf was educated in the local schools and remained on the home. 'farm until he was 17 years
of age. He then worked for neighboring farmers for three years, after which he removed to the farm on which he
has since resided, which then consisted Of 68 acres. This he rented for about: eight years and then purchased it
of his father, subsequently adding 57 acres. He carries on general farming, making a specialty of growing potatoes.
Formerly he did a largebusiness in raising strawberries, but in later years has given his attention to breeding
fine cattle and raising poultry. He keeps about. 400 chickens, employing the most modern methods in his poultry
business, of which he: makes a specialty.
On July 20, 1884, Mr. Obenauf was married to Diantha Plum, who was born in Medina County, Ohio, a daughter of John
and Kate (Grill) Plum. John Plum subsequently removed to Springfield township, where he still resides. Mr. and
Mrs. Obenauf have four children, namely: Hattie Irena, born April 15, 1885, who married George Stackhouse, a teacher
residing in Springfield township;' Clara Ellen, born April 21, 1888, who resides. at home; Charles Edward, born
August 15, 1890, is attending school; and Floyd Francis, who was born April 19, 1896. The family belong to the
Lutheran Church, of which Mr. Obenauf is a trustee.
In political sentiment, like his father, Mr. Obenauf is a Democrat. For three and a half years he served as township
trustee. As long as the local lodge of the A. O. U. W. organization was supported in this neighborhood, Mr. Obenauf
remained connected with. it.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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