One of the most energetic and progressive citizens of Defiance county is Mr. Greenler, the subject of this sketch.
He was born September 24, 1851, on the farm in Section 35, Richland township, where he still makes his home. His
parents, G. C. A. and Mary (Heollrich) Greenler, were natives of New Bavaria, Germany, where they were reared and
married. On crossing the Atlantic to the United States in 1837, they came to Defiance county, Ohio, locating first
at Independence, later removing to the farm in Richland township, whereon our subject now resides, and there made
their home until called to the world beyond, the father dying December 14, 1873, the mother on April 27, 1896.
They had five children who reached years of maturity, namely: John, William, Matilda, Henry and Mary.
The subject of this sketch was reared to habits of thrift and industry upon the home farm, and is now one of the
most skillful and thorough agriculturists of Richland township. During his boyhood and youth he received a good
common school education, which has been of great practical benefit to him in later years. In connection with general
farming he is also interested in stock raising, making a specialty of Belgian horses and Red polled cattle. The
old homestead, which he now owns, consists of one hundred and fifty acres of fertile and productive land under
excellent cultivation and improved with good buildings, and eleven miles of tile drainage. He also owns eighty
acres along the river in Section 23.
In Highland township, Defiance county, Mr. Greenler was married April 8, 1880, to Miss Maria Ottillie Trigger,
who was born in that township, October 28, 1860, a daughter of George and Anna (Sawer) Troeger, the former a native
of Bavaria. Germany. the latter of Pleasant township, Henry county, Ohio. After the marriage of her parents they
located in Highland township, Defiance county, where the father died May 6, 1877; the mother is still living. Their
children were: Maria O., Catherine, William, Lewis, Michael, Lizzie and Maggie. To Mr. and Mrs. Greenler have been
born eight children, as follows: Cora, Carl, Anna, Adam, William, Harmon, Lizzie and Richard.
In political sentiment Mr. Greenler is a Populist, and in local politics he takes quite a deep interest. He has
been a member of the school board, and also trustee of Richland township, discharging the duties of both positions
in a. most satisfactory and capable manner. With his family he holds membership in the Lutheran Church, and at
the time of the erection of St. Stephen's Church in Highland township, Defiance county, he was serving as treasurer
and trustee of the society. To the building of the church, which cost six thousand dollars, he contributed liberally
of both time and means. He is one of the most popular and influential citizens of his community, over whose life
record there falls no shadow of wrong.
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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