MARTIN MEYER, is a son of Christopher and Ursula Meyer, who were born in Germany in 1809 and 1815, respectively. They came to this country in 1841 and landed at Baltimore, and afterward settled on a farm in Dubois County, Ind., where they remained some time and then moved to Crawford County, Ind., where they yet live. Our subject was born June 2, 1846. He remained wit his parents until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he wished to enlist as a regular volunteer soldier, but owing to his youth, he was not accepted. August 25, 1864, he was mustered as a regular soldier in Company A, Forty-ninth Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry, and served over a year, receiving his discharge September 18, 1865. Margaretha Weidenhammer became his wife May 26, 1868. To them were born seven children: Andrew, Barbara, Anna K. (deceased), Mary W., Anna, Michael and one not named. Mr. Meyer is engaged in farming, and in connection with this engages at times in carpentering and harness-making. He is also a fair musician, which he acquired without the aid of an instructor. He and family are members of the Lutheran Church and he is a Democrat.

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HENRY MEYER is the son of John and Christina Meyer, who were natives of Germany, and born in 1807 and 1810, respectively. They came to the United States in 1844, landed at New Orleans, and finally settled in Dubois County, Ind., where the mother died July 10, 1851. The father yet lives with his son Henry. The subject of our sketch was born April 10, 1847, in Harbison Township, Dubois Co., Ind. Here he passed his boyhood days on the farm, hard at work. He received his English education in the public schools of his native State and received a somewhat limited education in Germany, in subscription schools. December 14, 1871, he married Barbara Kiefner, of Haysville, Ind. They became the parents of seven children - five sons and two daughters: Conrad, John A., Martin, Maggie, Amelia, Frederick W. and John. Mr. Meyer and family are members of the Lutheran Church, and in politics he is a stanch Democrat and a respected citizen.

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JOHN L. OPEL is a son of John and Margaretha Opel, natives of Germany, who came to the United States in 1837, and settled in Dubois County, Ind. The father, who was born in 1803, was one of the leading men of Jasper, doing business in groceries, farming and live-stock; he died in 1874, and his wife in 1872. John L. was born in Dubois County, May 3, 1843, and at the age of twenty-three left home and began farming and keeping saloon. Shortly after he engaged in the butchering business in Petersburg, Ind., where he remained four years, and then went to Washington and engaged in the same business; he left there after a short time and finally came to Haysville, where he has been retailing liquors and following his old trade. Barbara Doernhoefer became his wife September 5, 1865. They are the parents of eight children: George W., Sophia, Leander, Elizabeth, John, Frederick, Mathilda (deceased) and Caroline. He and family are members of the Lutheran Church, and in politics he is a Democrat, and a member of the A.O.U.W. He has served as constable two years, and in 1881, was elected to the office of assessor, which position he has held satisfactorily four years.

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A.T. POTTS is the son of John L. and Sarah Potts. The father was born in Tennessee in 1818, and died December 22, 1883. The subject of our sketch was born November 11, 1847, in Lost River Township, Martin Co., Ind. January 21, 1869, he married Susan Rutherford, of Martin County. To their union were born six children - two sons and four daughters: Virgin M., wife of John Drabing; William H., Sarah C., Susan K., Ida and Thomas R. Mr. Potts is a member of the Christian Church, and his wife of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is a warm Republican and is a notary public, and holds the office of postmaster at Hickory Grove, Ind.; he served one term as constable of Harbison Township, giving the best satisfaction; he is at present a partner in the firm of Potts & Potts, at Hickory Grove, dealers in dry goods, notions, groceries, boots and shoes. They are doing a paying business.

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DANIEL PREUSZ was born in Germany on the 16th of September, 1822. January 1, 1839, he left his native land and came to America, landing at Baltimore, and after a short period came to Indiana and settled in Harbison Township, Dubois County, where he has since lived and followed the occupation of farming. August 27, 1849, he married Barbara Neukam, a native of Germany, who bore him nine children - three sons and six daughters: George, John, Thomas, Mary (wife of Edward Stucker), Maggie, Barbara (wife of John Schott), Lizzie (wife of George Bretwieser), Katie and Kunigunda. Mr. Preusz and family are members of the Evangelical Lutheran St. Johnís Church. In politics he is a Democrat, and served two years as trustee of Columbia Township. He obtained a good German education, but his children are well educated in both English and German. November 13, 1884, he was appointed postmaster of Ludlow, which office he at present holds. He is one of the early pioneers of Dubois County, and one of its most prominent citizens.

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JOHN RUCKRIEGEL, only son of George and Margaretha Ruckriegel, was born February 2, 1841, in Dubois County, Ind. The parents were natives of Germany, and shortly after coming to this country the father died. John stayed with his parents until 1864, when he enlisted in Company D, Seventy-fourth Indiana Volunteers. He fought bravely in many bloody battles, and at the close of the war returned to his native home. In 1866 he married Lizzi Brietboch, of Boone Township. To them were born there children: Maggie (deceased), Henry, Maggie, Mary, Eva, Frederick and Adam. Mr. Ruckriegel has a fair German education. In politics he is a Democrat, but liberal in his views. He and family belong to the Lutheran Church. As a business man he is very successful. He is one of the old pioneers, and a veteran soldier of Harbison Township.

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ADAM RUDOLPH, of the firm of Rudolph Bros., Haysville, Ind., is a son of Henry and Elizabeth Rudolph, natives of Germany. They married in Pennsylvania, and were the parents of nine children. The old folks are still living near Portersville, where our subject was born June 1, 1857. At the age of twenty-four years he engaged as clerk with his brother in the grocery and dry goods business in Portersville, continuing in that capacity two years, when he became a member of the firm. He was married, April 27, 1884, to Margaretha Huebner, of Harbison Township. They became the parents of one child, Cordelia. Mr. Rudolph received a good education in the public schools of Dubois County, and afterward attended the Commercial College of Evansville, Ind. His wife is a member of the Lutheran Church, and he is a Democrat in politics. He is doing a good business as a merchant, and is one of Haysvilleís leading men.

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HENRY RUEKRSCHNECK, native of Germany, is the son of Thomas and Caroline Ruekrschneck who were born in Germany in 1820 and 1821 respectively, where they were married and always lived. The mother died in 1884, but the father, who is a shoe-maker, still lives there, hale and hearty. Henry, our subject, was born August 16, 1844 and immigrated to this country in 1869. He landed in New York and finally settled in Hayesville, Ind., where he engaged in making boots and shoes. July 1, 1868, he married Sophia Faerber, born January 22, 1845. To then were born six children - three sons and three daughters: Lizzie, Anna, William, Katie, George and Ehrhardt. Mr. Ruekrschneck obtained a fair German education in his native land, and has acquired his English education through self-exertion in this country. He is a member of the A.O.U.W. and was appointed postmaster of Hayesville, August 3, 1874 and has held the position eleven years, giving good satisfaction. He and family belong to the Lutheran Church.

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MARTIN ZEIGLER was born June 20, 1858, in Baiern, Germany. In 1860 he with his parents left his native land and came to the United States to make his home. They settled in Dubois County, Ind., and began tilling the soil. Martin remained with his parents until his marriage January 25, 1879, to Elizabeth Harder, of Harbison Township. They became the parents of four children - three sons and one daughter: Lawrence, George W., Fred and Margaretha. Mr. Zeigler is an enterprising and energetic young man and has done much for the improvement of the county. He has received a very good German and English education. He and family are members of the Lutheran Church and in politics he is a warm Democrat and is a prominent young man of the county.

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JOHN ALTMEYER, born July 2, 1846, is a son of Peter Joseph and Margaret (Hauser) Altmeyer, natives of Germany. Mr. Altmeyer, Sr., came to this country in his youth and lived for several years in Allegheny County, Penn. From there he moved to Dubois County, Ind., and bought eighty acres of land in Ferdinand Township. He died July 9, 1853. The mother is still living and is about sixty-four years old. The subject of our sketch received a common school education and remained at home working for his mother until he reached his majority. In October, 1868, he was married to Rosena Jackoby, a native of Allegheny County, Penn. They have seven children: Margaret, Peter, Frances, Susan, Mary, Joseph and Paul. After marriage he located on the old homestead, which he bought, and which he has since increased to 120 acres. He is an industrious hard-working farmer and deserves success. In politics he is a Democrat casting his first vote for Seymour and Blair. The family are Catholics.

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J.H. BECKMANN was born in Ferdinand, Ind., March 12, 1842. He is a son of John and Anna M. (Wheeler) Beckmann. Our subject was the first child born in Ferdinand. He received a common school education and worked in his fatherís store until he reached the age of seventeen. He then worked at the carpenterís trade for about three years. During the Rebellion he enlisted in Company E, Ninety-first Indiana Infantry, and served for three years. He took an active part in the battle of Nashville, and was in the entire Atlanta campaign and many minor engagements. He remained till the close of the war, then returned home and began working for his father. In 1868 he started in business for himself, establishing a merchandise store in Ferdinand. May 12, 1868, he married Kate Schmid, daughter of Henry and Catharine Schmid. They have one child, Berta. Mr. Beckmann remained in the mercantile business for twelve years. He then sold out to his brother in 1880, and commenced dealing in lumber. In connection with this he speculated in tobacco and grain, and now carries on the three lines of business with marked success. He handles, on an average, 600,000 pounds of tobacco, 1,000,000 feet of lumber and 100,000 bushels of grain annually. He is a stanch Democrat, and he and his wife belong to the Catholic Church.

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JOHN G. BECKMANN, merchant of Ferdinand, Ind., was born January 4, 1852, in Dubois County, Ind. He is a son of John G. and Anna M. (Wheeler) Beckmann, who were born in Germany. His father came to the United States in 1836, and some time after settled in Dubois County, which he afterward made his home. His death occurred December 25, 1870, aged sixty-one. The mother died February 10, 1880, at sixty-four years. The subject of our sketch was reared at home, and at the age of twelve entered St. Meinrad College, which he attended for one year. He was for some time a clerk in a large dry goods house in Louisville, Ky., where he worked on year. He then came home and worked in a store belonging to his father until 1870, when he went to Dayton, Ohio, and attended St. Maryís College for six months. Owing to the death of his father, he returned home and some time after hired out as a commercial traveler for a Louisville house. He continued in this business for three years. August 22, 1875, he married Lizzie Snyder, daughter of Charles and Catharine Snyder, to whom four children were born: Anna Mary, Charles Robert (deceased), Ella and John Charles. After marriage he worked some time for his brother, Harman, and in 1877 he commenced buying and shipping poultry to New Orleans. About 1878 he became a leading merchant of Ferdinand. He is also an agent for several kinds of farming implements, and is doing a profitable business. Mr. Beckmann, with his wife, is a member of the Catholic Church and is a Democrat in politics.

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JOHN B. BRINCKMANN was born September 30, 1838, in Hanover, Germany, and is a son of John B. and Mary Ann (Lindermeyer) Brinckmann, who were natives also of Germany. The father immigrated to this country in 1845, locating at Louisville, Ky., where he remained about seven years and then moved to Fulda, Spencer Co., Ind., where he bought eighty acres of land and began tilling the soil. His death occurred January 21, 1881, at the age of eighty years, and his wifeís in 1846. Our subject lived with his parents on the farm until he reached his majority, when he began working for himself. March 16, 1858, he married Mary Anna Miller, a native of the State of Ohio. To them were born eight children, these now living: Margaret, Lizzie, Frank, John, Louisa, Sophia, Peter and Susan. After marriage he moved to Louisville and hired out as a teamster. He lived there two years and then came to Dubois County, Ind., and bought forty acres of land in Ferdinand Township and forty acres in Spencer County. He has improved his farm very much and now has a nice home. He is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Stephen A. Douglas. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

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JOHN BAULEIN was born in Germany, August 24, 1823, and is a son of Michael and Frances (Bowes) Baunlein, who were also born in Germany. The father followed farming as an occupation, and remained in his native country until his death, which occurred in 1851. His wife died three years later, about sixty years of age. The subject of our biography received a common school education in his native land and remained at home until he was twenty-one years of age, when he enlisted as a soldier and served six years. In 1852 he came to the United States and located near Ferdinand, Dubois Co., Ind., where he has since lived. September 24, 1853, he married Elizabeth Krapf, a native of Germany, to whom three children have been born: John (deceased), Andrew and Catharine. By industry and close attention to business, he now owns 140 acres of land. He has erected him a fine dwelling house, built good barns, and added other improvements. In politics he is a Democrat, having cast his first vote for Stephen A. Douglas. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

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JOSEPH DROLL, one of the old settlers of Dubois County, Ind., was born November 8, 1822, in Germany. He is a son of Anton and Margaret (Droll) Droll, both of whom were natives of Germany. Our subjectís father came to this country in 1835, locating in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he lived for five years and then moved to Dubois County and bought eighty acres of land, where he remained until his death, which occurred in June, 1866. His wife died in October, 1839. Our subject received a common school education in his native land, and came with his parents to this country when he was about twelve years of age; he made his home with them until he was twenty-five, when he went to Louisville and hired out as a bar-keeper, at which he worked for seven years, the last year working for himself. In March, 1850, he married Mary Josephine Schum, a native of Germany, to whom four children were born: Catherine, Alexander (deceased), Mary O. and Margaret. In 1840 he moved to Dubois County and worked on his fatherís farm during the summer seasons, and for two winters went to Louisville and chopped cord wood. He again tried farming the old place, but owing to ill health he was obliged to abandon that business. He then moved to Hawsville, Ky., where he kept hotel for one year, at the end of which he returned to the farm where he has since lived. Between 1843 and 1845 he bought eighty acres of land where he has since lived. Mr. Droll is a Democrat, and he and his wife are members of the Catholic Church.

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MICHAEL EGLER was born February 2, 1827, in Prussia, and is one of a family of four children born to Wendel and Elizabeth Egler, both of whom were natives of Prussia. His father left his native country and came to the United States, locating in Dubois County, Ind., where he bought eighty acres of land and began tilling the soil. Here he remained until his death, which occurred about 1840, and his wifeís about 1859. Our subject received a common school education in his native country and came to America when about ten years of age, and made his home with his parents until their deaths. He followed steam-boating for three winters, meeting with fair success. April 12, 1855, he married Susana Trexler, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., to whom eleven children were born: Joseph, Michael, Frances, Mary, Catherine, Josephine, Lulu, Jacob, Wendel, Rosa and Bertha. After marriage he located on the old home place, where he yet resides. By good management he now owns 440 acres in Dubois County. In politics he is a Democrat, and he and family are members of the Catholic Church.

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ANDREW J. FISHER, postmaster at Ferdinand, was born Otober 21, 1853, in Connecticut. He is a son of John and Barbara (Gutting) Fisher, the former a native of Switzerland, and the latter of Bavaria, Germany. His father was a cabinet-maker, but on coming to the United States, in 1840, he followed the occupation of farming. About 1859 he removed to Spencer County, Ind., and bought eighty-five acres of land, on which he still resides. His wife died January 2, 1883, seventy-two years old. He lived with his parents until he was twenty-five years of age. In 1869 he commenced learning the art of photography, in Rockport, Ind. He soon began business for himself, and had good success. October 9, 1877, he married Catharine Rickelmann, born January 21, 1856, in Ferdinand, Ind. They have one child, Edwin J., born October 30, 1878. Mr. Fisher bought a home in Ferdinand soon after he was married, and has since been keeping a bar-room in that place. He is a Republican, casting his first vote for Garfield. In 1880 he took the census of Ferdinand Township.

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JOHN B. GOHMANN, merchant and hotel proprietor, of Ferdinand, Ind., was born July 25, 1826, in Prussia, Germany. His parents, Theodore and Mary Ann (Eilker) Gohmann, were ntives of Germany, and came to America in 1836. The father died in Washington, Ind., in 1838. The mother died July 16, 1863. The subject of our biography received but little education, owing to the early death of his father. At the age of fourteen he commenced as an apprentice making cigars, at Louisville, Ky. He worked at the business for about seven years, when he hired out as a salesman for a wholesale liquor and cigar house in Louisville. He worked at this business for about six years, accumulating some property. July 25, 1847, he married Mary Ann Frances Stoever, a native of Germany, who bore him three childre, all of whom are deceased. In 1853 he moved to Dubois County, Ind. and bought a house and two lots in Ferdinand, where he has since resided. His wife died March 25, 1855, and April 5, 1856, he married Augusta Bunke. They have two children: Clara and Emily. His wife dying May 21, 1860, he married Mina Hanhart, July 26, 1860. Seven children were born to them: John, Albert, Theodor Frederick, Josephine Caroline, Edward Beta, Rosa Augusta and Eugene Otto. Mr. Gohmann began keeping a general merchandise store, at which he is now engaged. In 1860 he started a hotel, known as the ďIndiana Hotel.Ē In 1868 he was elected superintendent of some mineral lands that were discovered southeast of Ferdinand. The mine was worked for some time, when it was abandoned, owing to the difficulty of transportation. In 1854 he was appointed postmaster at Ferdinand, and held the office for twenty years, but not without intermission. In 1875 he was nominated and elected county commissioner, and in 1878 was re-elected the second time. He and his wife are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

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CHARLES GOEPRICH, one of the old settlers of Dubois County, Ind., was born November 12, 1829, in Germany, and is a son of George J. and Frances (Wallicht) Goeprich, both of whom were natives of Germany. They died in the old country, the father in 1835, and the mother in 1833. The subject of our sketch was left a orphan when but a small boy. He lived with his sister and aunt, and worked as a farmer until he was eighteen years of age, when he came to the United States, and located in Dubois County, and hired out as a day laborer, working one year, when he went to Louisville, Ky., and worked on a farm nearly two years. He then began working on a steamboat that sailed on the Ohio, Mississippi, Red and Missouri Rivers, and continued at that work for upward of six years. February 21, 1854, he married Catherine Deering, a native of Germany, to whom eleven children were born: Mary, Leonard, Elizabeth, Frances, Joseph, John, Charles, Catherine, Paul, Rachel, and Susan. After his marriage he returned to Dubois County and bought eighty acres of land, where he located and commenced his career as a farmer. By good management he now owns 320 acres, all in Ferdinand Township. In politics he is a Democrat, and he and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

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GERHARD B. HOPPENJANS was born in September, 1821, in Hanover, Germany. His parents were Bernard and Mary Hoppenjans, both of whom were born in Germany. They came to this country in 1847, and settled in Dubois county, Ind., where the father died March 8, 1848, in his sixty-fourth year. The motherís death occurred May 15, 1870, at the age of sixty-eight. The subject of our sketch received a common school education in his native land, and came to this country in 1846, and settled in Dubois County, where he bought eighty acres of land, which he has since increased to 197, in Fredinand Township, where he now lives. May 6, 1852, he married Cecelia Anlage, who was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1824. They have one child, named Henry. He is living in Ferdinand, and is running a grist-mill, and is township trustee. Our subjectís wife died April 30, 1854, and April 2, of the next year, he married Mary Dall, a native of Germany, to whom four children were born: Herman, Anna, Benjamin and Chrysostomus. Mr. Hoppenjans is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Pierce. He and his family are members of the Catholic Church.

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HENRY HOPPENJANS was born April 28, 1854, in Dubois County, Ind. His parents, Gerhard Bernard and Cecelia (Anlage) Hoppenjans, were natives of Germany, who came to this country and located in Louisville, Ky. About 1851, Mr. Hoppenjans came to Dubois County, and bought 120 acres of land. He yet lives on the old place, and is sixty-five years of age. His wife died April 30, 1854. The subject of our sketch received a common school education, and in addition to this was three years a student in the St. Meinrad College, in Spencer County. At the age of eighteen he became a teacher, and has taught each winter since, with one exception. February 11, 1879, he married Mary E. Axe, born February, 1862, in Ohio. They have three children: Bernard H., Mary Cecelia and Henrietta. In 1881 he bought two lots, and erected a fine dwelling house and a large flouring-mill in April, 1885. John W. Willmer owns a half interest in the mill at the present time. In politics he is a Democrat, and was elected township trustee in 1884, for the term of two years, which office he has very successfully filled.

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