Ohio Biographies

Anda E. Henkle

The Henkle family traces its ancestry back to Jacob Anthony Henkle, who came to this country in 1717. locating in Pennsylvania, near Germantown. One of his descendants was Moab Henkle, the grandfather of Anda E. Henkle, the present county auditor of Fayette county. Moab Henkle and his wife, Amy Bush, were both natives of Fayette county. He was a farmer and merchant and died in Washington C. H. in 1872, being about sixty-six years old at the time of his death. His wife died a few years later, being past seventy years of age at the time of her decease. Moab Henkle and wife were the parents of a large family of children, Samantha, Melinda, Ella, Catherine, Hulda, Simeon. Polly, and Curran W., the father of Anda E. Henkle.

Curran W. Henkle and his wife, Caroline Bryan, were both natives of this county and reared a family of eleven children, ten of whom are still living: Asa C. of Washington C. H; Hai S., of Chicago; Simeon L., of Holland. Michigan: Anda E., with whom this narrative deals; Nona, the wife of James T. Perrill, of Union township, this county; Orvis T., of Chicago; Lida E., the wife of Robert S. Schriver. of Mt. Sterling; Guy C. oi Chicago; Rosa, the wife of James Lilly, of Columbus, Ohio; John, who died in 1896, and Lillie C, who is still at home. Curran W. Henkle was reared on the farm and at the opening of the Civil War enlisted in the One Hundred and Sixty-eighth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His company was captured in Kentucky by the Confederates, but was later paroled and rejoined his regiment. After the close of the war he returned to this county, where he engaged in farming, contracting, brick manufacturing and trading. He died in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, in 1894, at the age of tifty-eight, his wife still surviving him. They were members of the Methodist Protestant church. The parents of Caroline Bryan, the wife of Curran W. Henkle, were John and — (Reed) Bryan, early settlers in Fayette county. John Bryan was a blacksmith, miller and farmer and died in this county at an advanced age. His wife died in Kansas several years previously. John Bryan and wife were the parents of four children: Hermanns: Rosa; Caroline, the wife of Mr. Henkle, and one other.

Anda E. Henkle, the son of Curran W. and Caroline (Bryan) Henkle, was born in Illinois, March 4, 1866. He was reared on his father's farm in Fayette county and attended the district schools until he completed a good education. Being a young man of keen intellect and wide reading, he had no difficulty in passing the teachers' examination as provided by the state of Ohio, after which he started in to teach and for a period of twenty-five years taught in the various schools of this county During the summer vacations he followed the brick-laying trade, which he had learned with his father. As a teacher he ranked as one of the most successful the county has ever had, and it is probably true that no man in the county has a wider acquaintance than Mr. Henkle. A glowing tribute to his integrity as a man and worth as public-spirited citizen is shown in the fact that he has been elected three times to the oftice of county auditor. Hs first election occurred in 1908, and he was re-elected in 1910 and 1912. In the administration of the duties of this office he has given the most conscientious and careful service and has earned the reputation of being one of the most efficient county officials.

Mr. Henkle was married October 31. 1894, to Louisa Short, a daughter of Reuben B. and Ellen (Gibson ) Short. Mrs. Henkle, as well as her parents, are natives of this county Her father died in 1912, and her mother in 1872, Mrs. Henkle being the only child born to her parents. The grandparents of Mrs. Henkle, Thomas Short and wife, were also natives of this county. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Henkle was William D. Gibson, and his wife was a member of the Sheets family.

Mrs . Henkle is a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Henkle belongs to the Free and Accepted Masons, including the blue lodge, the Royal Arch and the commandery degrees. Politically, he is a Republican and has always been interested in politics. As a Republican he was elected auditor of his county and his party has honored him in elevating him to this position on three different occasions. He has a most genial disposition and pleasing manner. His long career in the school room has made him a great student of human nature and a man who can always look on the bright side of life. It is safe to say that in any list of representative men of his county his name would always hnd an honored place.


From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)