"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 644
Joseph A. Schenkel. Among the enterprising younger agriculturists of Huntington county, one who has been especially progressive in inaugurating improvements on his property and who has already made a name for himself as a breeder and raiser of fine stock is Joseph A. Schenkel, one of the successful men of Dallas township. Coming of an agricultural family, which has for years contributed its members to the vocation of tilling the soil, he has at the age of thirty accomplished what many men do not attain until past middle life, and his fine farm eloquently testifies to his ability in a calling which is at once the most dignified and most valuable among all the activities of man.
A native son of Huntington county, Joseph A. Schenkel was born in Dallas township on March 28, 1884. His father was Adam Schenkel, a citizen who in his generation was esteemed for his many excellent qualities of character and accomplishment. The son was reared on his father's farm, and attended the public schools of Huntington county. Mr. Schenkel now has charge of his father's extensive farming properties in Dallas township, and having been thoroughly trained to agriculture and stock farming from early youth has accepted the opportunities presented by twentieth century methods and has gained a reputation for success in connection with every one of his undertakings. He is especially identified with the business of breeding thoroughbred Belgian and Percheron horses, Shorthorn cattle and hogs. His work along these lines has been very successful, and he has helped considerably in raising the standard of horses and cattle among the farmers of his town and throughout the county.
In August, 1908, Mr. Schenkel married Lena Gemmer, who was born in Wabash county. To their union has been born three children, as follows: Louise, aged six; Elsie, four years of age; and Paul, about one year of age. Mr. Schenkel and his family are members of the St. Paul's Evangelical church, and in politics he is a Democrat. The Schenkel family is well established in this community, and they have a host of good friends in and about the township, who have known them for many years and who have esteemed them for their many excellent qualities.