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BENEDICT A. MIEHLS.  The same spirit of enterprise and unfaltering purpose that characterized his ancestors when they left their native country to seek a home in the United States has carried Benedict A. Miehls through many a trying situation, so that now, while still a comparatively young man, he has accumulated sufficient of this world's goods to enable him to retire from active farm duties. He now resides on the east end of his fine farm in Fort Jennings, Ohio, where he is well known.

 

Mr. Miehls is a native of the Buckeye State, born in Carroll County, March 14, 1863, son of George and Mary A. (Hegner) Miehls, both natives of Germany, the father born in Hatzenbile in 1818 and the mother in Wurttemberg in 1827. They both came to America when young and were married in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The father worked in the coal mines, for four years, after which he checked coal for about five years. Following this he served as overseer for another five years, but then moved to Carroll County, Ohio, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1867 he moved to Putnam County of that state, purchased a farm in Greensburg Township, but subsequently located in Jackson Township of that county, where he resides, actively engaged in farming, until his death in 1878. In his native country Mr. Miehls served seven years in the German army. Mrs. Miehls passed away in 1913. They were both members of the Catholic Church and also held membership in St. John's Society of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Politically Mr. Miehls was a democrat, and held the position of township trustee for a number of years.

 

To this worthy couple were born eleven children, all of whom are living at the present time (1924). They are named as follows: George, a resident of Ottoville, Ohio; Joseph and Catherine, twins; Joseph residing in Fort Jennings; and Catherine the wife of Frank Kracht, makes her home at Ottawa, Ohio; Mary married Ignatius H. Kahle; Barbara is the wife of William Kohlhoff, who resides at Glandorf, Ohio; Regina, or Sister M. Saneta, is a sister in a convent at New Riegle, Ohio; Clara is the wife of Henry Rowes; Benedict A., subject of this review; Frank Kracht, makes her home at Ottawa, Ohio (this is as appears in book); Theresa is the wife of Elvin Rowes, of Toledo, Ohio; and Albert is a resident of Maumee, Ohio.

 

Benedict A. Miehls grew to manhood on his father's farm and received his educational training in the country schools. In the year of 1891 he entered a store at Ottoville, Ohio, remained there two years and a half, and then returned to the farm, where he not only engaged most actively in tilling the soil, but shipped out much live stock. In 1910 he abandoned the live stock business and gave his undivided attention to agricultural pursuits for ten years. During that time he purchased more land, met with success, and is now retired from the active duties of farm life.

 

He chose for his life companion Miss Mary A. Boehmer, and their marriage occurred September 25, 1895. She was born in the house where they now reside. This union resulted in the birth of three children, as follows: Alberta, who graduated from a well known academy in Toledo, Ohio, and is a musician of considerable prominence; Harold graduated from St. John's School at Toledo and was a soldier in the World war; Hubert graduated from the Delphos Parochial High School in the class of 1923. He is now at home. Mr. and Mrs. Miehls are members of the Catholic Church, and are interested in all good work. Mr. Miehls is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and in politics is in accord with the principles of the democratic party. He has held many positions of trust in the county; was assessor of two townships, is a member of the Council of Fort Jennings, which position he has held for sixteen years, is a stockholder in three different banks, is president of the Fort Jennings State Bank and is a stockholder in an implement and auto company. He is the owner of 533 acres of land and is one of the alert wide-awake men of the county. Mrs. Miehls was born November 8, 1870, and is the daughter of Amos and Mary Boehmer. Her father, who died August 31, 1909, was one of the prominent men of Putnam County. He was probate judge of the county, also state senator, and represented Putnam County in the Legislature. Mrs. Miehls is a woman of much more than ordinary ability, and is a graduate of Notre Dame at Cleveland, Ohio.

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume V