Biography of Henry Handchy
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





HENRY HANDCHY was born in Canton Basel, Switzerland, November 22, 1833, son of John and Elizabeth (Bousher) Handehy. He was educated in the schools of Switzerland, and with his father emigrated to America in 1845, settling in Stark County, Ohio. In 1846, moved to Little Sandusky, this county. His father died in 1855, killed by a falling tree. He was sixty three years old. His mother died in Germany in 1845. Henry Handchy, the only surviving son of his father's family, was hired out when in his fifteenth year to Joseph Shilling, of Marseilles, and remained with him seven years. He married November 30, 1856, Miss Almira Haner, daughter of Henry Haner. She died in 1876. aged thirty.seven years, leaving at that time seven children, six of whom still survive; Rosa, Joseph. John, Jessie, Edward and Louis C. Charles is deceased. March 24, 1879, Mr. Handchy was married to Mrs. Isabel Yencer, daughter of Jacob Keyes. She had three children, two, Mary and Ivy, by her former husband, and one, Altha, by Mr. Handchy. In 1855, Mr. Handchy rented a room in Marseilles, and established himself in a grocery and provision store, doing a good business for one year. He then purchased the store room of Benjamin Ellis, in which he conducted the same business successfully till 1877. He then purchased a farm of 120 acres in Marseilles Township, later adding thirty acres joining the village, and engaged five years in agricultural pursuits. in the spring of 1882, he purchased a half interest in the grocery and provison store with Lemuel Krisher, and is still doing a thriving business under the firm name of Handchy & Krisher, with a stock of $1,800. Mr. Handchy is serving as Trustee of his township, which office he has held for three years; was a member of the Town Council five years, and School Director three years. He is a Democrat, a Master Mason, member of Council at Bucyrus, No. 57, and a good citizen.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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