OTTO F. ZENDE, one of the leading German-American citizens and farmers of Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, where he owns 146 acres of fine land, was born in Germany, January 30, 1867, and is a son of Christopher and Bertha (Promer) Zende.
The father of Mr. Zende came to America in 1875, locating at Pittsburgh, Pa., where his family joined him in 1876, and they remained there for two years and then came to Steubenville, where the father opened his harnessmaking shop and continued in business. Both he and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They had the following children: Charles Albert, who was born February 11, 1858; Theodore William, who was born April 12, 1863; Otto F; and Paul Ernest, who was born October 9, 1870.
Otto F. Zende attended the public schools at Pittsburgh and later at Steubenville, but when sixteen years old he started to work in his father's harness shop. Two years later he became a farmer, working at first by the month and finding it both pleasant and profitable, decided to make farming his steady business. After his marriage he bought a farm from George Snider which he sold some time later and then bought his present farm, from the Buchanan heirs. He has a coal bank on his property which he works during the winter time, but during the summer does all his own farm work. He is a very practical, hard working man, takes much interest in maintaining and adding to the fertility of the land and , as his means have justified, has made many substantial improvements.
Mr. Zende was married October 28, 1890, to Miss Annie V. Snider, a daughter of George and Margaret Jane (Timin) Snider, who had other children as follows: McClelland, Mary Anderson, Elva, John and Russell. Mr. and Mrs. Zende have four children: Bertha Edna, Gertrude Elliott, Ernest Otto and Emmett Gourley. Mr. Zende and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church which stands on his farm. In politics he is a Republican. He has served one term as school director.