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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