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Commemorative Biographical Record
of the counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio

Michael Eppley

Michael Eppley, one of the thrifty and prosperous agriculturists of Elyria township, is a native of Wittenberg, Germany, born December 7, 1821, a son of Jacob and Catherine (Keller) Eppley, also natives of the Fatherland.

In April, 1832, the family set sail from Holland for the New World, and after  a voyage of fifty-five days landed at Philadelphia. From there they proceeded west ward to Ohio, locating at Zanesville, Muskingum County, where the parents passed from earthy, the father at the age of eighty-six, the mother when seventy-six years old. They had eleven children - nine sons and two daughters - and seven of the sons are now living, all near Zanesville, Ohio, except our subject, while the two daughters reside in Michigan.

Michael Eppley was reared to manhood in Zanesville, Ohio, where he received his education, and worked hard to make a little money which he saved in his boyhood. At the age of twenty years he commenced carpentry, a trade he followed for twenty-one years; also farming, in connection doing a considerable amount in contracting and building. He was in the employ of the State of Ohio, constructing dams and docks in the Muskingum river. At the age of twenty-three he was united in marriage with Miss Rosina Harsch (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Harsch), a native of Wittenberg, Germany, coming with her parents to America when six years old. Thirteen children were born to this union - five sons and eight daughters - namely: William, who went west and died (he was married to Mary Maner; left two children); Mary, wife of Moses Beal, also died at an early age (left seven children); Katherine wife of Samuel Beal, has eight children; Caroline, wife of Jacob Schaible, has two children; Jacob, married to Kate Martin, has four children; Rosa, died at the age of twelve years; Solomon, married to Nellie Bender, and has one child; Christena, wife of Henry Martin, has four children; Abram, married Mary Martin, has four children; Matilda, wife of Ernest Drunagle, has one child; Mose, married to Mary Spiegelberg, has one child; Lydia, wife of William Spiegelberg, and Cora, residing at home.

Shortly after marriage Mr. Eppley purchased a farm in York township, Morgan county, containing 240 acres of land, which he improved and then sold just before coming to Elyria. He came to Lorain county in 1874, and bought his present farm, containing one hundred acres (in Elyria township), bordering on the town of Elyria (on Murry Ridge, southwest of town), paying one hundred and twenty dollars cash per acre for same. After two years the mother died at the age, of fifty-one years, which was a sore loss to the whole family, and here he has since remained as a widower (his daughter Cora keeping house for him.)

Mr. Eppley always was, and is to this day, for his age, an active man as well as ambitious; honest in all his dealings. In religion he is an earnest, steadfast follower of Christ, and has been from early life. He is a member of the Evangelical Church. His greatest aim is to reach his heavenly home.                                                  


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