William Eichhorn, one of the largest and most successful farmers and stock raisers of RockCreek Township, is a native of Crawford County, Ohio, and dates his birth from the 20th of March, 1841. His parents, Philip and Margaret (Hassler) Eichhorn, were born in Germany, but early emigrated to the United States, and settled with their respective parents near the City of Mansfield, Crawford Co., Ohio. Here Philip Eichhorn began the life of a farmer and although quite poor when first starting into the world upon his own responsibilities succeeded in accumulating a handsome property which he sold in 1863, for $12,350, and moved to Wells County, Ind. He invested his money in a choice tract of land on the Wabash, and one year later, November, 1864, died at his new home aged fifty-seven years. His widow still lives on the home place. William Eichhorn is the second in a family of nine children, and spent his youth and early manhood with his father on the farm, attending in the meantime the country schools where he obtained the elements of an English education. August 26, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Adeline, daughter of Martin and Lydia A. (Houtz) Gilbert, by whom he has had three children, two of whom, Wilson C., and Edwin H., are now living. The eldest, Irene A., died in infancy. Mrs. Eichhorn was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, November 15, 1848. Shortly after his marriage Mr. Eichhorn moved to the farm where he is now living in Rock Creek Township. He now has a beautiful place of 160 acres, the same which his father purchased in 1854, for the sum of $950. The farm is well improved and upon it can be seen some of the finest stock in Huntington County. Mr. Eichhorn has been a Democrat in politics, but of late years inclines to the Prohibition party. He belongs to the Wells County Short Horn Breedersâ€™ Association, and as a farmer and stock raiser, has few, if any superiors in the county where he resides. He and his wife are members of the German Reformed Church.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Rock Creek Township, pages 763 and 764.