Lewis H. Dershem, of Newberry Township, who has been long and closely identified with its agricultural development and prosperity, and is now living in practical retirement on R. F. D. No. 2, was born in Darke County Ohio, March 24, 1855, a son of Abraham and Hulda (Hale) Dershem. The parents were highly respected farming people of Darke County, where they passed peaceful and useful lives, and were esteemed by all who knew them. They had six children: Lewis H., and Harvey, an attorney of Greenville Ohio, and four daughters deceased. Lewis H. Dershem attended the district schools in the rural community in which his uncle Aaron Dershem's farm was located in Darke County, and as a lad assisted the elder man in the cultivation of the home acres. He rented land in Franklin Township, Darke County, until 1902, when he came to Miami County, and located in Newberry Township, where three years previously he had purchased seventy-four acres of land. In 1912 he bought twelve acres, on which he moved and retired. In 1918 he sold his home farm to his son, who now makes his home there. Mr. Dershem is now living practically retired on the twelve acres on which he has a comfortable home and modern conveniences and is spending the evening of his live amid pleasant surroundings, in the knowledge of a well-spent career. Mr. Dershem married Callie W., daughter of Peter and Anna (Rudy) Wefler. She was born in Circleville, Piqua County Ohio, whence her parents moved to Darke County, and later to Miami County, she being one of seven children, of whom six grew to maturity. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dershem: Orrie M., Harley A., Aaron J., Frank O., and Glenn W. During the war period the members of this family took an active part in working for the various movements formulated for the success of American arms, and the youngest son, Glenn W., made quite a record in the way of selling war savings stamps. The family is greatly respected in Newberry Township, where its members have numerous friends.

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