Richland County Shelby Chapter
Of The Ohio Genealogical Society
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BIOGRAPHIES - - -
1834, Henry Wentz Sr. brought his family
to Cass Township, Ohio from Perry
PA where Henry Jr. was born on Dec. 9, 1839. Henry worked on
until age 18 when he began to learn the carpentery trade. At
age 21, he
to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he worked in the railroad car assembly
the start of the Civil War, on July 11, 1861, Henry enlisted
as a private in
E., 11th Ind. Vol. Inf. and he served throughout the war in various
campaigns including - Vicksburg, Winchester, Fisher Hill and
finally Cedar Creek
Oct. 19, 1864.
the war Henry returned to Crestline, Ohio. On June 8, 1865, Henry
Bushey's oldest daughter Sarah
and entered the lumber business. After
year, he sold the business and began a hardware store that he
ran until about
In 1875 he began an interest in the fire insurance business which
until 1880 when he became the secretary the Underwriter's Mutual Fire
Company, which would become the Shelby Mutual Insurance Company.
during the mid 1880s, Henry served as the clerk for the Sharon
and was a member of the Crestline city council.
and Sarah were the parents of two sons and a daughter.
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