Defiance County

Excerpts from The Defiance Democrat Newspaper

Defiance Democrat - July, 1915

“Sugar Beet Industry Is Important Washington Township Agricultural Pursuit –Ney Newsletter
C. I. HARTSHORN of Ney, has been a reader of the Crescent-News for several years and holds the paper in high esteem. He is one of the enterprising citizens of that community, having been the superintendent of the Owosso Sugar Refining Co., for the past five years. The sugar beet industry is a very important department in the agricultural pursuits of the farmers in Washington and Farmer townships, the acreage running into the hundreds. Following is the list of those with whom Mr. Hartshorn holds contracts and the acreage allotted this year:
Name
Acres
William ADKINS 25
A. ALGEA 10
 Saul ANDRES 4
E. W. BALSER 55
S. W. BEATTIE 20
Frank BEERBOWER 10
John BILLOW 3
G. F. BROWN 10
H. F. BURGBACHER 12
John BURK 6
Fred G. BRUNNER 4
H. CARTEYN 15
D.E. CONNELLY 6
August DEKEN 10
John DeLAERE 15
Guy DITTAMON 10
M. C. GARBER 2
Wheeler G. GOLLER 6
A. G. GINTHER 10
W. F. GOLLER 8
Hamiel GILLIS 30
H. A. GOLLER 6
Fred HAASE 10
Joseph JERGER 13
W. I. JOHNSON 7
M. M. MOOG 3
J. E. MITCHELL 11
Bert MOOG 2
H. J. MASON 10
W. P. MOOG 3
George McCAVITT 21
B. M. McFETERS 3
G. L. NELSON 5
Clarence PARKER 4
C. I. PIERCE 4
John PUDLINER 25
John RIDENOUR 20
Wm. REAGLE 5
A. L. STRAILEY 5
W. H. STRAHLE 5
Loren STRATTON 4
Theo SCHWARTZBACH 6
Jessie T. SMITH 10
C. M. STUCKMAN 9
C. M. STUCKMAN and TAYLOR 25
Will STUCKMAN 8
W. D. STRUSAKER 2
Donald STUCKMAN 3
Al STRUSAKER 3
M. C. THORP 12
Jules VanVYNCH 15
Rich VERHEEGHE 10
E. W. VOLMER 10
T. J. WALSH 10
Jacob WINTER 20
Guy YEAGLEY 20
Peter HASSELCHFARDT 6
H. S. STUCKMAN 5
B. C. ROGERS 10
August ANDENAERT 10
Peter CARPENTER 15
W. H. SCOTT 5
Loren SHORT 5
J. H. SMITH 6
Sixty four farmers are growing 600 acres and 46 laborers are required to do the blocking, thinning and hoeing. The crop, so far this year, is very promising and it is expected that 800 cars will be needed to handle the export products that will be shipped from the Ney station, which includes grain, live stock and hay. This fact means that Washington and Farmer townships are efficient in soil facility and production.
C. W. BROWN is one of that class of men it does one good to meet. He was born in Tiffin township,near the site of the old Children’s Home, March 12, 1844 and is the son of Henry and Hester Ann (PARTEE) BROWN. He was married April 19, 1867, to Hannah, daughter of Jacob DIEDEN of Tiffin township. Mr. Brown enlisted in Company E, 111th Ohio, in August 1862. He marched under Sherman from Atlanta to Lovejoy Station, and is now a member of the Bishop Post G.A.R., Defiance. He served as trustee for Children’s Home for 11 years, or from 1902 to 1913, and has been a member of the M. E. church for 50 years, beginning his religious service at Rural Chapel. This building was erected on the banks of Tiffin river, near the County Infirmary in 1871. The land now occupied by the County Farm was acquired by Reuben BROWN, grandfather to the subject of this sketch in 1833. The first congregation of Rural Chapel consisted of Methodists who worshipped in the school house one mile west – 25 persons in all – and services are still being held in the chapel they built. Mr. Brown was superintendent of the Sunday School for 25 years. Carrie E., wife of Byron HANNA, is the only child. Four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren make grandfather Brown happy. The grandchildren are Myrtie V. PETERSON, Elsie – wife of J. B. BERGMAN, Bessie G. and Charles Wesley HANNA. Great-grandchildren are Richard L.C., and John Raymond BERGMAN, Ford PETERSON. In politics, Mr. Brown is a Progressive.
Edward SCHWARTZBEK appreciates the weekly visits of the Democrat. He was born July 24, 1859, in Medina county, and is the son of Christian and Regina SCHWARTZBEK, who originally settled on twenty acres in Washington township and later acquired what was known as the old homestead, 60 acres
of which is now occupied by Edward. The subject of this sketch was married April ? , 1896 to Lucy, duaghter of John and Judith (STECKLEY) SITES. The children are: Elmer, Carl, Hilda, Nora, Agnes, Walter. Mr. Schwartzbek is giving his attention to 10 acres of wheat, 10 acres of corn, 6 acres of oats, 8 ½ acres of hay and 3 acres of alfalfa.
Rosa MASON, wife of Frank MASON (deceased) and daughter of George and Sarah PARK of West Washington township, has read he Democrat for the past 25 years. She was born September 17, 1865, and will celebrate her 49th birthday anniversary on the day for renewing her subscription to the Democrat. This is a remarkable co-incident, and the publishers hope that she may enjoy many returns of the occasion. She occupies the old homestead of 94 acres. The children are: Charles E., whose wife was Florence, daughter of David and Hattie KINTNER, Ney; Nora, wife of Donley, son of John and Blanche DALE, at home; Leonore, at home. Mrs. Mason enjoys the satisfaction of a very pleasantly situated country home.
Fred HAASE has read the Democrat during the past sixteen years and still wants it. He was born August 6, 1872, and married Cora KIMBERLY November 9, 1893. The children are Charles, Marie, Sherman, Gladys, Blanche, Lucile, Milton, Evelyn. This year he is caring for 130 acres partially distributed as follows: wheat 14 acres; corn 32 acres; oats 18 acres; hat 20 acres; sugar beets 18 acres. Among the relics which he prizes is an Elgin watch that he purchased of a German jeweler in Defiance, about thirty years ago. Mr. Haase is one of those sons of the soil, who after you meet them, impress the memory with a pleasant recollection.
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