John W. Rothe
John W. Rothe, one of the substantial farmers and
representative citizens of German township, where he owns land
aggregating 292 acres, situated in sections 13, 14, and 23, was born in
Germany, November 29, 1830, and is a son fo Frederick and Mary Rothe.
In 1855 John W. Rothe, accompanied by his parents, came to America
and located in Perry Township Allen County, Ohio, where he bought 50
acres of land for which he paid $12 per acre. It was a piece of
woodland on which a round log cabin stood, and this was the family home
for 10 years. Mr. Rothe then purchased 80 acres in sections 13 and 14,
German township, subsequently adding to this until he now owns 292 acres
of some of the finest land to be found in the county. Prior to coming
to the United States he had learned to blacksmith trade at which he
worked during his younger years.
In 1856 Mr. Rothe was married to Mary Fuchs, and they have had two
sons John and Frederick. The eldest son, John Rothe, died in 1898; his
wife Elizabeth Lease, died in 1899 and their only child died when one
Frederick Rothe, the second son, resides on the home farm and
superintends its cultivation. He married Tinnie Houseman, and to them
have been born four children, viz.: Rudy (the only daughter), who died
at the age of six years; Albert, Calvin and Leonard, who attend the
district school in section 13.
Mr. and Mrs. Rothe are worthy members of the German Reformed Church
at Lima, of which Mr. Rothe has been a trustee and deacon. These good
people are looking forward with pleasure to a celebration of their
"Golden Wedding," which occurs January 27, 1906. They will have a wide
circle of friends to wish them continued peace and prosperity for they
are well known and most highly esteemed.