Biography of David Garn Jr.
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





DAVID GARN, JR. The entrance of the Garn families into Washington township, Sandusky county, dates back as early as 1834. They have been widely and favorably known as enterprising farmers and business men, and the parents of our subject were among the early pioneers of the Black Swamp.

David Garn, Jr., the subject of this sketch was born June 3, 1846, in Washington township, Sandusky Co., Ohio, a son of David Garn and Margaret (Ickes) Garn, the former of whom died in February, 1848. David Garn's earlier educational advantages were limited, but he afterward attended the high school at Fremont two terms; Normal school at Milan, Ohio, two terms; and business college at Oberlin, Ohio, one term. He was a Union soldier in the war of the Rebellion, having enlisted at Fremont, Ohio, May 2, 1864, in Company G, One Hundred and Sixty ninth Regiment, 0. V. I., and served four months at Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia, where he suffered from sunstroke and camp fever. On September 4, 1864, he was honorably discharged at Cleveland, Ohio. He was a member of Eugene Rawson Post, No. 32, G. A. R., at Fremont, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. David Garn, Sr., were born children as follows: Sarah, wife of Daniel Swickard; Daniel, who was a member of Company K, One Hundred and Sixty ninth O. V. I. (he married Miss Hattie King, and their children are - Ella, Mary, William, Albert, Edward, Sarnuel); Mary, wife of Michael Weible, farmer of Sandusky township (they had one child, who with parents are all deceased); Isaac, a commission merchant, of Vinton, Iowa, born February 9, 1841, married to T. C. Mitchell, daughter of Jacob Mitchell (Isaac was a member of Company G, One Hundred and Eleventh O. V. I); Alexander, born July 10, 1843, was a soldier in the Civil war, in Company I, Seventy second Regiment O. V. I., and died near Memphis, Tenn.; David, Jr., is the subject of our sketch.

David Garn, Jr., was married in Sandusky county, January 20, 1884, to Miss Anna Hoffman, who was born August 10, 1864, at Hagerstown, Md., a daughter of Jacob and Johanna (Lesher) Hoffman. Their children are: Firm, born December 10, 1884; Ray, born January 3, 1886; David, born June 10, 1887; Leo, born February 6, 1895. Mr. Garn is a merchant at Helena, Ohio, and has held the office of notary public and of postmaster since 1885. He previously held the offices of precinct assessor, school director and clerk of the board of public schools for eleven years.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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