Jonathan Wilhelm. A highly esteemed and
widely known resident of DeKalb County, who has
made his home here for sixty-eight years and has
witnessed and taken part in the development of this
section of Indiana, is Jonathan Wilhelm, who lives
practically retired in his comfortable home at Waterloo. He was born in Columbiana County, Ohio,
January 18, 1843, and was eight years old when he
accompanied his parents, David and Christina
(Shaumbacher) Wilhelm, to DeKalb County.
David Wilhelm was born in Columbiana County,
Ohio, of German parents. He was reared to farm
pursuits and when he reached manhood married
Christina Shaumbacher, who was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, came from there as an immigrant
to Ohio, and in that state supported herself until
her marriage. Six children were born in Columbiana
County and two more were added to the family after
settlement was made in Indiana. Of these children
but two survive: Jonathan and Caroline.
Jonathan Wilhelm grew up on a farm and gave
his father assistance, as was the duty of a good
son. He well remembers the old days when forests
covered a large amount of the present richly cultivated farm acreage and when the main highways
were little more than Indian trails. In his boyhood
a village called Uniontown stood on the site of the
present busy City of Waterloo. His father had to
haul all family supplies from Fort Wayne. With
the coming of such sturdy settlers as the Wilhelms,
however, improvement began and constant development has followed. After embarking in business for
himself Mr. Wilhelm for many years engaged in
farming and bought and shipped livestock, his main
market being Buffalo, although demands from Cleveland were also attended to, and he has additionally
done shipping to Chicago. He still owns 326 acres
in four different farms or tracts of land in Smithfield Township, over which he maintains oversight.
Jonathan Wilhelm was united in marriage to Mary
E. Geeting, who had accompanied her mother, Mrs.
Sophronia Geeting, from Canton, Ohio, to DeKalb
County. Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm became the parents
of four daughters: Lizzie, Sophronia, Gertrude and
Mary. Lizzie who is deceased was the wife of P.
A. Bohler and the mother of four children namely:
Ralph, Elmer, Ione and Floyd. During the World
war Ralph went to France in an engineer corps with
the American Expeditionary Forces. Elmer was
also in service, attached to the Coast Defense Corps
on the coast of Florida. Both were at home at
the time of their mother's death. Sophronia and
Gertrude reside with their father at Waterloo, looking after his comfort since the death of their mother.
Mary, the youngest daughter, is the wife of R. C.
Thompson, and Mr. Wilhelm's only sister is a member of the Thompson household. Mr. and Mrs.
Thompson have two children, Lavon and Roger.
Mr. Wilhelm has never been active in a political
sense but has always been a helpful and conscientious
citizen, practical in business and honest and upright
in every relation of life.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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