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Henry Ufheil

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Posted: 3 Mar 2001 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Ufheil, Bechdold, Gelzleichter, Weisgerber
From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 552-555

Henry Ufheil, of Huntington, was born in Baden, Germany, July 16, 1837. He was the oldest of eleven children born to John and Johanna (Bechdold) Ufheil. It is noteworthy that ten of these children have lived to be grown, and all are married but one. Henry came with his parents to America when he was but ten years of age. The family first settled in Stark County, Ohio. When he was fifteen years old--or in 1852--they came to this county and located in the woods of Huntington Township. There Henry assisted his father to clear and cultivate the farm. At the age of twenty he began to learn the carpenter's trade. This was finished in due time and to it his entire attention has been devoted ever since. He has been a contracting carpenter since the age of twenty-two. He was married November 24, 1863, to Elizabeth Gelzleichter, a native of Prussia, born February 4, 1843. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Weisgerber) Gelzleichter, with whom she came to America in 1853. They located upon a farm in Whitley County, where they resided when Elizabeth was married. Immediately after his marriage, Mr. Ufheil located in Huntington, a resident of which he has been ever since. He and wife have had born to them ten children: John R., Stephen W., Mary E., Frank J., Peter, Cecelia C., Ida M., Clara H. and two daughters that died in infancy, unnamed. The oldest, John R., was born November 18, 1864, attended the Catholic School in this city during his early youth, and at the age of seventeen learned the carpenter's trade. His character was irreproachable, his friends many, and he had a prospect for a bright career, but on the 28th day of February, 1886, just as he was entering manhood, the hand of death stole upon him and took him from among the living. Mr. and Mrs. Ufheil are members of the Catholic Church. Politically the former is a Democrat. He has served as Councilman in the First Ward four years, and as such discharged the duties of the office in a creditable manner.

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