Ohio Biographies

Christian Assenheimer

CHRISTIAN ASSENHEIMER, farmer. etc. P. O., Bucyrus, was born August 12, 1834 on Cherry street. New York City, and is a son of Ludwig and Rosena (Stoll) Assenheimer. He was 1 year old when his father's family located in Bucyrus, in the fall of 1835. He grew up in the village, and was educated in both German and English. He went to school until 12 years of age when he went to work about town at anything he could find to do. In his 17th year he began to learn the trade of a cabinet maker with Peter Shallenmiller, working as an apprentice three years and a half. He followed his trade as journeyman until 1859, when he bought out his old employer. and going in debt for a large part of the stock. He carried on the business of furniture and undertaking, for about twelve years with good success paying for the stock and buying the property where C. Matthews & Co. are now located. and where he did business until 1871. He exchanged his town property for ninety-six acres of land where Benjamin Beal now lives, and resided there until 1879 when he purchased his present farm of 160 acres of land on the Sandusky road. five and a half miles from Bucyrus still residing on it. where he is making some fine improvements. His wealth has been accumulated by his own exertions, and amid many misfortunes. He was married Oct. 6, 1859 to Miss Bertha Marggraf, of Bucyrus. who was born in Stadtilm, Saxony, Germany. Oct. 17, 1837, and came to America with her parents when but six years of age, settling in Bucyrus. where she grew up. Six sons and two daughters have been the result of this union, viz.: Emma C., born June 26, 1860; Martha T.. March 15, 1862; Frederick C., May 28, 1864 : Louis H.. July 12, 1866, Franklin E., Aug. 22, 1868 ; Edward C., July 26. 1871; William C., March 15, 1875, and Otto A., Oct. 5, 1877. Mr. Assenheimer, his wife and three children are members of the German Lutheran Church; he has been trustee and has held various other offices connected with the Church, among them that of teacher in the Sunday school for many years. He has always been Democratic in politics , was a member of the Town Council six years and Trustee of the township three years. His father was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in about 1802, and was educated in the schools of his native town afterward followed the trade of a weaver. In the spring of 1832, he came to New York, where he married Miss Rosena Stoll, a native also of Wurtemberg, who was born Aug. 11, 1811, and who probably came over in the same Vessel. They were married in 1833, and in 1835 came to Bucyrus. He brought a large stock of clocks with him. which he traded to his brother-in-law, Geo. F. Stoll, for the building of a house; he was one of the men who assisted in unearthing the skeleton of the mastodon, which is mentioned in the body of this work. He followed the trade of weaving for many years, then kept a grocery store until his death, Oct. 19. 1855. His wife is still living. They had thirteen children. four of whom are living, viz.: Christian, Catharine, George and John.


From History of Crawford County and Ohio, Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1881