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    HENRY REHMERTH, a representative citizen and business man of Staunton Township, Miami County, Ohio, is the owner of a splendid farm of 189 acres. He was born in Prussia, Germany, January 5, 1845, and is a son of John Henry and Sophia (Dohm) Rehmerth, both natives of Germany.

    John Henry Rehmerth learned the trade of a blacksmith when a young man and then engaged in making cutlery, principally knives, forks and files. Upon coming to the United States in 1853, he abandoned his trade and took up farming. Their voyage across the ocean consumed six weeks time, and they passed another week at Dayton, Ohio, prior to becoming residents of Staunton Township, in Miami County. Here Mr. Rehmerth purchased a small place and farmed the remainder of his days, dying at the age of seventy-three years. He was twice married, his first union being with Henrietta Hidison, who died in Germany, leaving three children, as follows: Mary, wife of Charles Miller; Caroline, deceased wife of Henry Martin; and William. His second marriage was with Sophia Dohm, who survived her husband some years; they had two sons, Henry and Frederick.

    Henry Rehmerth was a little past the age of eight years when brought by his parents to this country. He attended school one year in his native land and but one week in this country, but notwithstanding his limited training is a broad-minded and well informed man. He worked about home until he was fourteen, then worked out by the month. He was in the employ of Henry Eikmeier one year, of Henry Ladage two years, and of Benjamin Enyeart seven years. He turned his earnings over to his parents until he was twenty-one, after which he began saving his money. The earnings he saved during the first summer, together with $125 that he borrowed from John Farver, he invested in the rhubarb wine business in partnership with Mr. Enyeart. There proved to be no demand for their product and at the end of one year his entire capital was gone. He then continued to work out by the month until he was twenty-six, when he and his brothers began farming together. He had in the meantime saved about $500, with which, added to what his brothers could command, they purchased land in the southern part of Staunton Township. Industrious and ambitious, of frugal and saving habits, they prospered and added to their holdings until they were possessed of 450 acres of the most valuable land. They continued in association until 1899, when the land was divided, Henry Rehmerth receiving 189 acres as his share. He erected the home in which he now lives and made many improvements on the place. He may well take pride in the success he has attained, which came solely through his own efforts and the helping hand of his wife and sons.

    December 21, 1871, Mr. Rehmerth was united in marriage with Miss Mary Horther, who was born in Butler County, Ohio, and is a daughter of Jacob and Margaret (Herzog) Horther. Three children were the issue of this union: William Jacob; Martin J., who married Emma McCool, January 13, 1904, and has one son, named Herbert; and George, who was married January 24, 1906, to Elsie Davis, who formerly was a teacher in the public schools. Religiously, the family is German Lutheran, and for twenty years Mr. Rehmerth served as a deacon of the church. He is a Republican in politics, and was at one time pike superintendent.

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