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    Jacob Horther, farmer; P. O. Troy was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1823; is a son of Wolfgang Horther. At the age of 16, while following the plow, Wolfgang was conscripted for the Bavarian army, and was taken direct from the field, not having permission to go to the house to bid adieu to his parents his term of conscription was six years, of which he served three, procuring a substitute for the remainder of the time. He had five sons and three daughters, of whom Jacob, the fourth child, was reared a farmer and educated in the common schools of Germany. In his early manhood, he traveled considerably over Europe, depending upon his own resources for subsistence. In 1845, his name was drawn to serve in the Bavarian army, but before the day of examination, he made his escape clandestinely and in disguise as the servant of a teamster to Bremen, then secreted himself in a vessel, where he remained till the same set sail for America he reached New York on the 3d of July in safety; from here he found his way to Brookville, Ind., where he learned the cooper trade after one year in Cincinnati, he moved to Hamilton, Butler Co., where he remained sixteen years engaged at coopering; he then moved to Preble Co., and was soon after drafted in the Union army, but secured a substitute; after engaging in the hotel business for three years, he moved to his present place. Mr. Horther is a self-made man, and has established for himself and family a neat home. In religion, he holds liberal views, and in polities is a democrat. He is a member of the following orders: The I. O. O. F., of which he has been Noble Grand; Patrons of Husbandry, of which he was Treasurer, and D. O. H., of Miamisburg. He married Margaret Herzog, in 1846, of Saxe-Coburg, Germany. She immigrated to this country in 1844, and located in Cincinnati. Of their family of two sons and six daughters, one died in infancy.

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