John Shrenk Obituary

Fremont Journal
20 February 1857

In this place, of typhoid fever, on the morning of the 16th, inst., Mr. John Shrenk, age 44 years, 6 months, and 13 days.

Mr. Shrenk was born and reared in Dauphin County, Penn. He "served his time" in the office of the Harrisburg Telegraph In 1835, moved to Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio and established the Bucyrus Democrat, and continued its publication for six years. He then moved to Kenton, Hardin County, where he commenced and for two years published the Hardin Intelligencer. From there, he removed to Upper Sandusky and established a paper which he continued for about one year. In December, 1845, he came to Lower Sandusky, now Fremont, and established the The Lower Sandusky Telegraph, which paper he published until the Spring of 1849, when he was compelled on account of ill health to relinquish the business. As an editor, he was firm and fearless, declaring unhesitatingly what he thought to be right. His last sickness was long and severe, confining him to his bed for nearly four months. A wife and four children mourn his death.

A little Family History: John Shrenk born 3 AUG 1812 to Martin Shrenk and mother Anna Machen. (Records of Salem Reformed Church, Harrisburg,Dauphin co., PA 1800-1842)

John worked for the Harrisburg Telegraph newspaper when he was a young man and became interested in promoting the Whig Political Party. He and Martin SHRENK (cousin or brother) moved to Ohio about 1834 and settled in Bucyrus, Crawford Co., Ohio where he became editor and publisher of the Bucyrus Democrat from 1835 to about May 4th, 1842. It was the first newspaper published in Crawford Co.,OH in opposition to the Democratic political party. In 1845, he moved to Fremont, Ohio and published the Lower Sandusky Telegraph from December 1845 to about March 1849 (At least one copy is at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont, Ohio).

John SHRENK married 13 FEB 1840 to (Elizabeth) Jane FALOON, daughter of James and Elizabeth Faloon, early pioneers of Bucyrus, Ohio. John and Jane Shrenk had five children: Catharine Josephine (born 1841), Elizabeth Ann (born 1842), John M. (born 1848), Alexander Hamilton (born 1850, died as infant), and Alexander Hamilton Shrenk (born 1851).

Photo of School Teacher, Catharine Josephine Shrenk, daughter of John Shrenk ęcopyright picture of Josephine Shrenk.

John Shrenk died 16 FEB 1857 in Fremont, Sandusky Co., OH of typhoid fever at age 44. His wife, Jane died 9 JAN 1858 of consumption in Bucyrus, OH. He is probably buried in the Whittlesey Cemetery in Fremont, Ohio. It is believed that CATHARINE W. SHRENK, who died age 11 on 15 JAN 1846 in Fremont, Ohio and is buried in Whittlesey Cemetery, is also a relative of John Shrenk.

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