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Henry Dinius

Posted: 3 Jan 2003 8:53PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 4 Jan 2003 12:41AM GMT
Surnames: Dinius, Koch, Long, France, Eversole, Rupley, Mayne, Hartman
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.708-09

Henry Dinius. It is doubtful if any other name has been identified with the ownership of more land in Huntington county than that of Dinius. Henry Dinius has passed the venerable age of eighty years, and almost a lifetime has been a resident of Huntington county. He himself has been one of the large owners of country real estate in this county, and now lives in comfort and plenty on a good farm in Jackson township.

Henry Dinius was born in Stark county, Ohio, April 14, 1833, a son of John Dinius, who in turn was a son of Peter Dinius, who was born in November, 1765, in Germany, and came to the United States, finding a home in Pennsylvania, where he married a Miss Pretz. He lived in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, until the spring of 1812, when he emigrated to Stark county, Ohio, which was his home until his death. He was the father of John, George, Peter, Samuel, Henry, Rebecca, Barbara. John Dinius grew up in Stark county, Ohio, and when eighteen years of age married Rebecca Koch. After that they continued to live in Stark county, until the spring of 1848. In the meantime in the spring of 1846, John Dinius had made his first trip to Huntington county, Indiana, where he purchased a tract of new land, and in 1847 again came to this county and extended his ownership of Huntington county soil. In the spring of 1848 he brought his family to the county, and located on a farm including the land upon which his son, Henry, now lives. Altogether, John Dinius acquired the ownership of fourteen hundred and forty acres in this county, and was one of the most extensive and substantial men of his day. Of the twelve children born to him and his wife, Henry Dinius is the only one surviving in 1913.

Henry Dinius was fifteen years of age when the family located permanently in Huntington county, and conditions of his youth were such that his opportunities for schooling were very limited. It was by study at home that he gained most of his early knowledge, and by experience and observation, he has gained the equivalent of a practical education, and has seldom been at a disadvantage in his competition with his fellow men.

On December 16, 1858, Mr. Henry Dinius married Barbara Long, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, July 29, 1834, and is the only one of twelve children living, whose parents were Henry and Elizabeth (France) Long. She was reared and educated in Ohio, and came with her father to Huntington county, in the spring of 1855. Three years later she married Mr. Dinius. To their marriage were born six children, and five are now living, as follows: Edwin S., deceased; Ereminda, wife of John Hartman; Clara, wife of Clinton Mayne, living in Cleveland, Ohio; Lydia, who graduated from the State University of Indiana, and is now superintendent in the normal school at Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Sumner, a resident of Jackson township, married for his first wife Miss Eversole, and for his second Mary Rupley; Boyd S., who was first a teacher and now resides on the home farm with his father, and is married to Eva Smith. There are fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and altogether the family life of Mr. Dinius has been a most happy one, and at the age of fourscore he is surrounded with his descendants, who pay him all the veneration due to age and long and worthy years.

Mr. Dinius has been a member of the United Brethren church since 1857, and when he was stronger, he gave much attention to church affairs, having always been a liberal supporter of his denomination. He was old enough to vote when the Republican party came into existence, and has been a life long supporter of that political division. His standing as a citizen and as a business man has always been such that his fellow citizens have never failed to endorse his candidacy, and he served as county commissioner of Huntington county for six years. At the first election, his majority was twenty-five in the district, and at the second election, he had sixty-nine votes to spare. Mr. Dinius has owned three hundred and twenty acres of land in Huntington county, but at the present time his farm contains only ninety-seven and three-quarters acres.

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