From the "History of Huntington County, Indiana - 1914"
HENRY ALTMAN. Among those men who constitute the pioneer citizenship of Warren township none is more deserving of mention than is Henry Altman, who has been a resident of the community since 1839, coming here with his parents as an infant one year of age. His entire life has been devoted to agricultural activities in this community and he is the owner of a fine farm of eighty acres of land just a mile north of the town of Bippus. His life has been a quiet and eventful one, and a brief account of it, with some slight mention of his parents and their part in the early life of the community is eminently fitting in a work of the character and purpose of this one.
Henry Altman was born on July 25, 1838, in Stark county, Ohio, and is the son of John and Mahala (Cooper) Altman, both of whom were natives of Stark county, and there were reared, there educated and there wedded. John Altman was a son of Henry Altman, who with his wife, came to America direct from Ireland.
John Altman came to Indiana from Stark county, Ohio, in September of 1839, and located in Warren township, of Huntington county. His was the fifth family to settle in the township, then in a totally undeveloped and uninviting state of wilderness, and he settled in Section 14. In the spring of that year Mr. Altman had come out alone, cleared a spot for a cabin and built thereon a small log house, to which in September following he brought his little family. Here he spent the remainder of his life, and to the day of his death he was busy with the Herculean task of reclaiming that bit of wilderness, which in time came to be a productive and comfortable farm.
Mr. Altman is a leading citizen of the community, even as his son is now. He was long trustee of the township, and for seventeen years he served in the office of justice of the peace. He was the father of sixteen children, of which number eight are living at this writing.
Henry Altman was the oldest of the family and was born in Ohio just a year before the family migration to Huntington county. He was reared in the community that has since been his home, and attended school when he might, though it may be said that the advantages he received as an American boy were exceedingly slight and wholly inadequate to the capacity and demands of the mind of the alert and aggressive youth.
Mr. Altman married Elizabeth Krider, who was bore in Stark county, Ohio, in August, 1849, and they became the parents of a large family, numbering nineteen children. Eleven of the number survive at this time (1914) and are named as follows: John, Harvey, George, Daniel, David, Henry, Betty, Mahala, Barbara, Jane and Orpha.
Twenty-five grandchildren delight the advancing years of these fine old people, and they may well be said to have added much to the life of their community in the lives of their children and their grandchildren, as well as in their own upstanding and worthy careers.
Mr. and Mrs. Altman are members of the German Baptist church, and have long been devout Christian workers therein. They are quiet and simple people, who have lived near to nature and who have won and retained through long years the esteem and kindly regard of all who came within the sphere of their influence.
Mr. Altman owns today the farm he acquired as a youth of twenty-two years, and he has passed his life upon it since then. When he first came to Huntington county the record is that there were but two frame buildings in the county. One of them, an old "tavern," stood near where the library now is located, Dr. Tate's buildings being the others.
In his farming activities Mr. Altman has for a good many years been devoted to the care and nurture of bees, and now has forty-one stands of them. It is a subject on which he is well informed, for he has made of it a close and careful study during the sixty years of his farming operations, and it is said that some of the finest honey ever produced in the state has come from his apiary.