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William H. Spiegelberg
History of the Western Reserve
page 1143 - 1444
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William H. Spiegelberg - A prosperous and well-to-do argriculturist of Lorain
county, William H. Spiegelberg is carrying on general farming and dairying in Elyria
township with highly satisfactory results, year by year adding to his wealth and his
improvements. A son of George Washington Spiegelberg, he was born on January 23, 1863, in
Amherst township, this country, of thrifty German ancestry.
John Spiegelberg, grandfather of William H., was born, reared and married in
Germany. Coming with his wife to the United States in this country in Norwich,
Connecticut, and there two children (twins), George W. and a daughter, Olive, Mrs. Adam
Stang, of Elyria township, were born. The following spring he started westward with his
family, his original point of destination having been Fort Worth, Indiana. While on Lake
Erie, a storm drove their vessel into Lorain harbor, and all the passengers disembarked.
He hunted up a friend from the old country, and from him secured help and employment.
Working with persistent energy, he accumulated money and subsequently bought, in Amherst
township, the farm on which he spent the closing years of his life. He married, in the
Fatherland Barbara Heisner, who died on the home farm in Lorain county.
Although born in Connecticut, George W. Spiegelberg was brought up and educated in
Lorain county, Ohio. Beginning his married life on the parental homestead in Amherst
township, he succeeded to its ownership after the death of this parents, and managed it
successfully until his own death, April 14, 1902, becoming one of the most highly
respected agriculturists of his community. He married Elizabeth Kolbe, who was born in
germany in 1840, a daughter of N. W. and Elizabeth (Heisner) Kolbe. Her parents emigrated
to Ohio in 1856, and after living for a while in the village of Lorain bought a farm near
by, at Oak Point, where the present park is located. Mrs.Spiegelberg continues to reside
on the home farm in Amherst township. To her and her husband ten children were born,
namely; Barbara Elizabeth, who married Jacob Eschtruth, and has two children, Clara E. and
Harvey G., William H.; Mary, wife of Moses Eppley, has two children, Milton and Frances;
Olive, wife of John Bechtel, has one child, Amelia; Louisa, wife of William Beal has two
children, Clarissa and William; Carrie, is unmarried; Elizabeth, married J. F. Fowle, and
they have two children, Ruby E. and Bertha C.; George, a twin brother of Elizabeth, lived
but one year and fifteen days; Amelia is the wife of Frank Rahl, and Louis, who married
Growing to manhood on the home farm, William H. Spiegelberg assisted in its care,
remaining beneath the parental roof-tree until his marriage. The following ten years he
farmed on rented land in Amherst township, and then settled in Elyria township. Locating
on the John M. Vincent farm of one hundred and twenty-eight and one half acres, he rented
it eight years, and then purchased the estate. Mr. Spiegelberg has made improvements of
great value on the place, his beautiful house of thirteen rooms, built in 1908 is equipped
with all modern conveniences, including up-to-date lighting and heating systems, being one
of the most attractive rural homes in the county. In 1909 he completed his large bar,
seventy-two feet by twenty-six feet. Mr. Spiegelberg carries on general farming, paying
much attention to dairying, and deals largely in hay, of which he raises abundant crops,
and on his farm has a valuable sand pit, which brings him in quite an income each season.
He is especially energetic, and in addition to managing his own farm carries on the
adjoining farm, belonging to Mrs. Andrew Johnson.
In March 28, 1889, Mr. Spiegelberg married Lydia A. Eppley, and of their union six
children have been born, namely; Elmer William, who died at the age of ten weeks; Edna
Catherine, Earl William, Lydia Alberta Elizabeth, Ruth Marian and Marian Elizabeth
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All mentioned persons are buried at North Murray Ridge Cemetery;
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