GEORGE FREDERICK HENNING.  Among the men who have been conspicuous as leaders in agricultural enterprise, business and civic affairs in Defiance County, one of the best known is George Frederick Henning, of Hicksville, president of the Farmers State Bank.

Mr. Henning has spent most of his life in Defiance County, but was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, August 6, 1863, son of Frederick and Lena (Hilderhoff) Henning. His father was born in Baden, Germany, March 17, 1831, and when sixteen years of age came with his brother to the United States. He located in Portage County, Ohio, where he married Lena Hilderhoff, also a native of Germany, who came to the United States at the age of twenty. They were married in 1856. Frederick Henning was a cabinet maker by trade, and followed that occupation for a number of years. In 1871 he settled on a farm in Portage County, and in the fall of 1877 moved to Defiance County, where he lived until his death. He was an active member of the Lutheran Church, was a past noble grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a democrat in politics. These parents had seven children: Anna, wife of Frank Drulard, of Detroit; Maggie, wife of Buell Jacques, of Hicksville; Carrie, wife of Benson Miller, of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Susie, wife of Charles Banks; George F.; Henry, a resident of Oregon; and Hattie, wife of O.H. Hanville, of Dekalb County, Indiana.

George Frederick Henning was fourteen years of age when the family moved to Defiance County. He grew to manhood on the home farm, attended the district schools, and as a young man he married Miss Lizzie Brinck, of Mark Township, Defiance County. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was brought to Ohio when a child.

After his marriage Mr. Henning located on a farm along the Hicksville and Defiance Pike. While living there he was elected a member of the County Board of Commissioners, and served six years. In 1900 he bought a farm southeast of Hicksville, and moved thereon in 1901. He gave his attention to the management of this fine place of 175 acres in Hicksville Township, a property he still owns, but since 1917 has lived in Hicksville. His time and attention are now devoted to the Farmers State Bank.

Mr. Henning has two sons, both highly educated and typical young men. George F., Jr., graduated from Ohio State University and was county agricultural agent of Mercer County, Ohio, located at Celina. He resigned this office to reenter the Ohio State University, where he is now taking a post-graduate course. William L., the younger son, is also a graduate of the State University, and is now teaching in the University of Pennsylvania. The family are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Henning is a democrat, and belongs to all the York Rite Masonic bodies in Defiance County, and is also affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge at Defiance.


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