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Mathias Schilling

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Mathias Schilling

Posted: 30 Apr 2002 12:01AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Schilling, Wagner, Leonhardt
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 746-47

Mathias Schilling. Any mention of agricultural enterprise in Warren township would be incomplete without reference to Mathias Schilling, proprietor of the Beaver Dam Farm, located on the northwest quarter of section 33 in that township. Mr. Schilling's homestead is one mile west and one mile south of Bippus. It comprises one hundred acres of highly improved land, well arranged and developed for purposes of general farming and stock raising. In addition to this Mr. Schilling owns eighty acres in Chester township of Wabash county, a mile west and half a mile south of Bippus.

It was on this old farm in Wabash county that Mr. Schilling was born October 25, 1862. He is a son of John and Catherine (Wagner) Schilling, both of whom were natives of Germany. The father came to America alone when a young man, and later married a widow. They became the parents of three children: Susan, now deceased; Louise, widow of John Stuart, and her home is in Chicago; and Mathias.

It was in Chester township of Wabash county that Mathias Schilling grew to manhood. As a boy he had opportunities to attend the public schools during the winter time, but his services were for the greater part of the year required on the farm. In that way he spent the early years of boyhood, but at the age of eleven, consequent upon the death of his father, had to assume important responsibilities in managing the farm, and eventually practically managed the entire estate in the interest of his mother and brothers and sisters. When he was eighteen years old he bought forty acres adjoining the original home, and that made the eighty acres which comprise his present place in Wabash county.

On November 19, 1890, Mr. Schilling married Ida Leonhardt. She was the daughter of Emery Leonhardt and was reared in Warren township. To their marriage have been born eight children, as follows: Mabel, a graduate of the common schools and unmarried; Howard J., a graduate of the common and the high schools; Clarence; Hattie, a graduate of the common schools and now a student in the high school; Ervin, Martha, Emery, Palma, all at home and quite young.

The family are members of the Evangelical church of Bippus. Mr. Schilling is a class leader, a trustee, has served twelve years as superintendent of the Sunday school, and is one of the most active and liberal supporters of the church organization. Besides his farm, he is the owner of a house and lot in the village of Bippus. He was one of the original stockholders in the Bippus State Bank. In politics Mr. Schilling is a republican. In agricultural activities he has made a special reputation as a breeder of first class stock. It has been his experience that farming on high class and high priced Indiana soil pays best in connection with the very finest of live stock and by the use of the best methods and the best of tools and all facilities. Practicing these rules, he has been more than ordinarily successful. Of his stock mention should be made of his Duroc hogs, Holstein cattle and shorthorn cattle, and all his stock is of the very best and headed by some thoroughbreds.

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