The foreign born residents of this section constitute a most desirable class of citizens, and the subject of this
biography represents by his thrift, enterprise and public spirit, the best elements of the German race.
Mr. Rothenberger was born August 19, 1837, in Wurtemberg, Germany, the son of Jacob F. and Hannah (Stuber) Rothenberger,
and the first four years of his life were spent in the Fatherland. During this period his mother died, and some
time in the forties the father came to America with his children, locating first in Medina county, Ohio, where
he spent eight years, and later, after residing for four years in Defiance county, he settled permanently in Flat
Rock township, Henry county, where his death occurred in May, 1892. Our subject is the second in a family of three
children, two sons and one daughter, viz.: Henry, Frederick and Fredericka.
As Mr. Rothenberger, our subject, accompanied his father in his various changes of residence, he came to Henry
county when about seventeen years old, and he has ever since made his home there. He has always been engaged in
farming, and now owns a fine homestead of three hundred and twenty acres in Flat Rock township, his comfortable
and attractive buildings and other improvements showing judicious and liberal management. As a public spirited
citizen he takes an active part in all progressive movements in his locality, and he has been especially interested
in educational advancement, having served for some time as a member of the board of education. In politics he is
a Democrat, and he is prominent in township affairs, having held the office of trustee for about thirteen years,
and that of treasurer for two years. He and his wife are leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in
which he has held numerous official positions, and he also belongs to the Maumee Valley Pioneer Association, and
the Monumental Pioneer Association of the Maumee Valley.
On March 9, 1862, Mr. Rothenberger was married in Flat Rock township, Henry county, to Miss Eliza DeLong, a native
of Knox county, Ohio and a daughter of Elias and Matilda DeLong. Seven children have blessed this union, viz.:
Alva, Harry, Jennie (wife of O. J. McCrillis), Frederick, Carrie, Emanuel and Lillian.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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