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HENRY HOUSER

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HENRY HOUSER

Huntington county volunteer (View posts)
Posted: 9 Jan 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Houser, Zahn, Beihl, Lahr
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901

Henry Houser, a prosperous farmer of Clear Creek township, Huntington county, Indiana, was born on his present homestead May 13, 1860.

Frank Houser, father of Henry, was born in Germany in 1822, and in 1833 came to America with his father. Frank Houser visited Detroit, Michigan, whence he came to Indiana, passed some time in Fort Wayne, and at an early day came to Huntington and went to work for the old Indian chief, La Fontaine, on whose farm he labored until his marriage to Miss Elizabeth Zahn. This lady was called away by death one year after marriage, and Mr. Houser again went to work for Chief La Fontaine, remained with him three years and then married Miss Elizabeth Beihl, a native of Germany, who came from that country to America when eighteen years old, lived a short time in Ohio, and then came to Huntington county, Indiana.

To Frank Houser and his second wife there were born seven children in the following order: George F., deceased; Lewis, who is a farmer in Lancaster township; Caroline, still at the old home; Henry, whose name opens this article; Lizzie M., wife of Philip C. Lahr, of Whitley county; Jacob W., deceased; and Ida E., still on the homestead. Soon after the marriage of Frank Houser, in 1850, he settled on the farm in Huntington county which he had entered from the government and which he cleared and resided upon until his death, March 19, 1882, in the faith of the Catholic church. His wife survived him until September 18, 1899, when she expired at the age of seventy years, a member of the German Reform church. Both parents were highly esteemed, useful and hard-working residents of the township, and left the old farm to the possession of the family, since which Henry, Ida E. and Caroline have purchased the interest of the other heirs of this farm of eighty acres. Henry Houser has cleared up fifteen acres since his father died, and has made of the place as neat a tract as a casual passerby would care to look upon.

In politics Henry Houser is a Democrat, and in 1898 was his party's candidate for county clerk, he being a prime favorite with his political friends as well as the general public.
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