Biography of Mathias Thome
Northwestern Ohio Biographies





MATHIAS THOME.
Mr. Thome is one of the most reliable and energetic business men of Pleasant township. Henry county, where for a third of a century he has owned and operated a sawmill, and is also engaged in farming, having a valuable place of four hundred acres. His residence is one of the most elegant homes in this section of the county, the artistic taste of its occupants being reflected in its appointments, while a gracious hospitality adds a charm to its material comforts.

Mr. Thome was born in Prussia, Germany, August 20, 1842, and the following year was brought to the United States by his parents, Borthlow and Catherine (Hoffman) Thome, who first located in Lorain county, Ohio, in 1865, coming to Henry county, where they spent their remaining days. Both died in Pleasant township, the mother in the latter part of December, 1885, the father on August 6, 1890. Of their nine children, Mathias is third in the order of birth. He grew to manhood in Lorain county, where he learned the carpenter's trade, and since the spring of 1865 has been a permanent resident of Pleasant township, Henry county. Soon after his arrival here, in company with his father, he built a sawmill, which he has since successfully operated, and also carries on farming with results which can hardly fail to prove satisfactory.

On July 4, 1869, in Pleasant township, Mr. Thome was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Swabely, who was born in that township, September 13, 1843, a daughter of Hugo and Mary Swabely, natives of Germany. On coming to the New World her parents took up their residence in Pleasant township, Henry county, where the father died in 1854, the mother in May, 1892. Mrs. Thome is the second in their family of four children. Seven children blessed the union of our subject and his wife, namely: Mary (who died at the age of sixteen years), Catherine, Joseph, Elizabeth, Anna, Francis and John P.

Public spirited and progressive, Mr. Thome takes great interest in public affairs, has always borne his part in advancing those enterprises calculated to promote the general welfare, and has capably served his fellow citizens as township treasurer for several years. He is an active and prominent member of the Catholic Church. was a member of the building committee at the time of the erection of the Church of the Sacred Heart, and for eight years has served as one of its trustees. For two years he was treasurer of the society of Catholic Knights.

From:
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1899


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