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Shannon Fraunfelter

Shannon Fraunfelter was born in Green township, Ross
County, Ohio, February 2, 1863, and when but a child removed with family
to Allen County.  They settled on the farm of 100 acres, which is
admirably situated on the Allentown road within two and a half miles of
Lima in section 28, German township, where Shannon Fraunfelter is
engaged in carrying on agricultural operations.   He is meeting with
much success in the management of the homestead.  He also makes a
specialty of breeding Shorthorn cattle and at the present time is
acknowledged to have the finest herd in Allen County.  He is a son of
the late Israel Fraunfelter, a member of a family that stands very high
in the county. 
          Israel Fraunfelter was born July 17, 1834, in Salt Creek
township, Pickaway County, Ohio, and was a son of John Adam and Saloma
(Markel) Fraunfelter, natives of Pennsylvania.  He was reared in
Pickaway County and there he attended the district schools and grew to
manhood a well-informed farmer.  On November 4, 1855, he was married to
Sabra Patrick, of Pickaway County, Ohio, who died in 1859. To this
marriage two children were born, one of whom died in infancy; the other
is Frank Fraunfelter, the well-known superintendent of the Allen County
Infirmary.   On February 15, 1860, Mr Fraunfelter was married to Laannah
Goodman, a daughter of John and Sarah (Weaver) Goodman, of Hocking
County, Ohio.  To this marriage were born these children: Otis, residing
in Allentown, who married Eliza Baxter; Shannon, the subject of this
sketch; Milton, deceased at the age of five months; James, who married
Etta Crites and is engaged in farming in Amanda township; and Mary
Alpha, who is a graduate of Lima College and now a teacher of Latin and
Greek in the same.
        On September 1, 1865, Israel Fraunfelter and family settled on
the farm now conducted by our subject.   He died on his farm January 22,
1892, and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima.  His widow and
his son, Shannon and daughter, Mary Alpha, continue to reside on the old
homestead.  The family belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, of
Elida.