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    Christoph Landmann is the well known proprietor of the Alcony Flour Mills, at Alcony, Miami county. The German element in our national American civilization is one of the most important, for the representatives of the Teutonic race possess sterling qualities, being enterprising, resolute and reliable. Mr. Landmann is a native of the fatherland, his birth having occurred in Hesse, Germany, on the 15th of December, 1854. His boyhood days were there passed and he learned the miller's trade, after which he worked with his brother, and for three years had charge of a mill. In 1888 he determined to try his fortune in America, for the opportunities and advantages afforded young men had by that time become a familiar story to the sons of the fatherland. Crossing the Atlantic he secured a position as miller at Piqua, Ohio, the property being under the supervision of his brother. In 1893 he purchased the Alcony mill, which he has since completely overhauled, supplying it with new machinery, including a complete roller system. The mill now has a capacity of fifty barrels daily, and its output is sold to the local trade, including the residents as well as the merchants of the community. Altogether improvements were made to the value of five thousand dollars, and a twenty-five horse-power natural-gas engine has been placed in the plant. The chief brand of flour manufactured is called the Victor, and its excellent quality insures to it a large sale on the market. Throughout his business career Mr. Landmann has followed milling, and is thoroughly informed concerning the business in every department. The mill at Alcony is the most important industry in Elizabeth township. It has been in existence for more than half a century and at an early day was operated as an old style water mill, a race about a half-mile in length supplying the power.

    Mr. Landmann was married, in Germany, to Lena Shurholtz, and they now have a daughter, Lena, at home. She has been a student in the Piqua high school and is a cultured young lady. Mr. Landmann, is a member of the Lutheran church at Troy, but with his family attends the Reformed church at Alcony. As a business man he is energetic, practical and progressive, and his well directed efforts have secured to him a comfortable competence. His hope of bettering his financial condition in America has been realized, and he has not only won a good business but has also gained many warm friends in the community in which he makes his home.

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