The industry, enterprise and thrift which characterize the German race are well illustrated in the career of this
gentleman, who is a prominent resident of Mark township, Defiance county. Coming to this country when a lad of
eighteen, he has made his way to an enviable position in life, and the esteem in which he is held by his fellow
citizens is shown by the numerous positions of trust and responsibility that he has filled.
Mr. Klein was born October 21, 1851, in Bavaria, Germany, a son of Joseph and Mary (Desloch) Klein, both of whom
were natives of the same province, passing their lives there, the father being engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Our subject, who was the tenth in a family of eleven children, was reared to farm work under his father's direction.
At an early age his thoughts began to turn to America, and in June, 1869, he crossed the Atlantic, landing in New
York City. He already had some knowledge of the blacksmith's trade, and coming to Ohio, he located at Bryan, where
he quickly found employment. For about five years his time was mainly spent in that town, and during that period
he met and married Miss Mary Huber, a native of Hamilton. Butler county, Ohio, the ceremony being performed in
Bryan on December 31, 1874. In February, 1876, he removed to Mark Center, Defiance county, where he followed his
trade successfully for about seventeen years. In 1893 he settled upon a farm of eighty acres, which he had purchased
some time before, and this he has improved as a homestead, building substantial and commodious buildings, and enlarging
the farm from time to time until he now owns one hundred and sixty seven acres.
As a citizen, Mr. Klein has shown much public spirit, taking an active part in various progressive movements in
his locality. He has served four terms as township trustee and three terms as township treasurer, filling both
offices most acceptably, and he is now serving his second term as county commissioner, having been elected first
in 1893 and reelected in 1895. His sympathies are with the Democratic party, and he is an ardent and influential
worker for the success of that organization.
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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