"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 639-40
Adam Schenkel. One of the most prosperous agricultural men of this county is Adam Schenkel, a pioneer of the county and of Dallas township. He was born in this town and county, in the house where he now lives, and all his life has been spent here. A farmer by birth and inclination, he has prospered beyond the prosperity that is accorded to the average man, and he today owns three valuable and productive farms in Huntington and Wabash counties. The farm on which he resides is Fruit and Grain Farm, a fine place of 125 acres. His second place, a stock farm, operated by his son, is a place of 120 acres, and the third farm is located in Wabash county. This place of eighty acres makes up a total acreage to his credit of 325 acres, all of which is profitably and wisely managed by himself and his associates.
Adam Schenkel was born on December 30, 1854, and is a son of Adam Schenkel and his wife, Margaret (Christman) Schenkel. The parents were both natives of Germany. They came to the United States in their young days, the wife in 1840 and Mr. Schenkel in 1837, and located in Starke county, Ohio, where they met and married, coming to Dallas township of Huntington county in 1847. They located at that time on the farm that Mr. Schenkel of this review now occupies, and there they spent the remainder of their lives. To them were born seven children: John, a resident of Dallas township; Katie, the wife of Adam Young of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mary, who married Frederick Gretzinger, of Wabash county, Indiana; Peter, a farmer of Wabash county; Sarah, the widow of Charles O. Miller, of Wabash county; Elizabeth, the wife of Fred Holbert, also of Wabash county; and Adam Schenkel of this review.
Adam Schenkel has always made his home on the farm where he now lives. As a boy he attended the German Parochial schools and also the public schools of Dallas township. When the parents passed away, he purchased the home place from the heirs, and continued as before. He married Elizabeth Keaffaber on November 20, 1879, she being a native daughter of Wabash county, born there on November 27, 1859, and educated after the same manner as was her husband. They settled quietly down to farm life, and have continued here cheerfully and contentedly in the work for which they felt themselves best fitted by inclination and training, and the results of their labors have fully justified their choice of a calling. Prosperity has waited upon them , and two valuable farms have been added to their holdings with the passing years, each place being well kept and cared for by one of their sons. To them were born nine children, brief mention of whom may be made at this point. Sophia, the eldest, is a graduate of the local schools, and is now the wife of William Defembaugh, of Montpelier, Indiana. Joseph, who had a similar educational training, married Lena Gemmer and occupies and operates his father's stock farm in Dallas township. Rose is the wife of Jacob Ankeny of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Mollie is unmarried and lives at home. Emma is the wife of William Bickel of Dallas township. Hattie is the wife of Elmer Stephan; and Lena, Freida and Esther are at home.
The family have membership in the St. Paul's Evangelical church and are leading members therein. For ten years past Mr. Schenkel has been a trustee of the church, and others of the family have active interests in the work of the church. Politically Mr. Schenkel is among the leading Democrats of Dallas township, or this part of Huntington county, and has had a voice in the leading activities of the party in this community for a great many years. Never an office seeker, he has been well content to see that able and honorable men were placed in the local offices, in so far as his influence could bring about the end. He has manifested a genuine interest in the welfare of the community, and has done all one man could do to promote the best interests of the township at all times.
Mr. Schenkel also owns city property in Montpelier and Marion, Indiana, is a stockholder in the Huntington Trust Company, the Bippus State Bank, and he is president of the Bippus Telephone Company, so that his interests in the county are of a wide and varied nature, not confined alone to agricultural activities, but embracing financial and industrial operations as well.