Biography of Joseph Kindle
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies

JOSEPH KINDLE, attorney at law, Fremont, Sandusky county, was born at Caroline, near Republic, Seneca county, Ohio, December 9, 1858, a son of Gottlieb and Mary Magdalena (Michels) Kindle.

Our subject's father was born in Triesen, Principality of Lichtenstein, Germany, and emigrated to America in 1852. He had followed the trade of blacksmith in the Fatherland, bul on settling in Seneca county, Ohio, upon a farm, he devoted his time to agricultural pursuits, and did only his own blacksmithing. Our subject's mother was born in Baden, Germany, in 1837, and came with her father's family to Sandusky county, Ohio, when three years old. Here she grew to womanhood, became the wife of Gottlieb Kindle, and died March 1, 1866. Their children were: Regina, who married Frank Binsack, of Fremont, Ohio; Rosa Ann, who died at the age of eighteen; Mary Ann, who is unmarried; and Joseph, our subject.

Joseph Kindle came with his parents at an early age to New Riegel, Ohio, where he attended school until he was fourteen years of age, also a parochial school, in which he was at the head of his classes at the age of eleven, and kept his place as they progressed upward for three years. In August, 1871, the family removed to Green Creek township, Sandusky county, where they remained about five years. In March, 1876, they moved to Sandusky township, near Booktown, at the mouth of Muskallonge creek, upon a farm where the parents lived and died. After settling up his father's estate, our subject, being of a literary turn of mind, sought the halls of learning to qualify himself for an occupation better suited to his tastes. He attended school two years at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind., devoting the first year to a commercial course, from which he graduated, and received his diploma, and the second year he took a mixed course, scientific and literary, in a line with the study of law. On his return from school he followed the occupation of bookkeeping for a year, and then went into a general mercantile business for himself, in which he continued with good success for ten years, most of the time at Fremont, Ohio. He then sold out and resumed the study of law with the firm of Meek & Dudrow, and, was admitted to the bar on December 8, 1892. He now has an office on Croghan street, Fremont, opposite the First National Bank.

Mr. Kindle is a man of large stature, manly form and commanding presence. He possesses great strength and power of endurance, physically and intellectually, which, coupled with his ability to use the German language as fluently as the English, gives him a vast advantage over the ordinary man. He is a Democrat in politics, and, as were his parents before him, he is an ardent Roman Catholic. He is one of the most prominent members of Branch No. 290, Catholic Knights of America, also a member of Branch No. 8, Catholic Knights of Ohio, of which Branch he is the present president, and is a member of St. Joseph's Parish. He has been an officer of trust in these societies during nearly all the time of his membership therein, and has represented them in different state councils.

Mr. Kindle was married April 28, 1884, to Miss Mary Drum, daughter of Jacob and Anna (Durnwald) Drum. Her father was a Union soldier in the late war, and is now a member of Eugene Rawson Post, G. A. R., Fremont, Ohio. The children of Joseph and Mary Kindle are: Frank J., Edward A., Gertrude M., and Laura Ann.

Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896

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