George Althoff, the father of the above, came from Hanover, Germany, to the United States in 1834. A short time previous to his emigration, he married Anna M. Kramer. Immediately upon their arrival in this country they came to Auglaize County, then Mercer, and settled near New Bremen, where he entered a small piece of land, upon which they settled and made a home. At the time of his arrival he had no means. He labored on the canal to get means to support his family and pay for his little home. They lived here to raise a family of ten children, six of whom are still living. Mr. Althotf lived to see his family grow up. He died in 1876 at the age of seventy-four years. His widow still survives him at the age of seventy years, and resides on the homestead they first entered.

John C. Althoff, a son of the above, was born in Auglaize County in 1840. He lived at home with his parents until fifteen years of age, when he went to clerk in a store. He continued as clerk until 1859, when he married Miss Anna M. Sollman, of the same county. He immediately, in company with his brother-in-law, started a small store in New Bremen. They continued in trade in Bremen until 1865, when they removed to Lockington, Shelby County. In 1866 he bought out the interest of his partner, and has carried on the business successfully since that time.

They have had born to them four children, only two of them now living, viz , George M., born 1862, and Mary M., born 1866. Mr. Althoff has been treasurer of his township for the past twelve years, and is also postmaster of Lockington, Ohio. The parents of Mrs. Althoff came from Germany about the same time, and located at the same place with that of the Althoffs, where they lived the balance of their days.



History of Shelby County, Ohio; R. Sutton & Co, Philadelphia PA, 1883