Randolph County, Indiana
Benjamin F. Denlinger
In looking over
the life records of the citizens of Randolph county one is struck by the
immense number who have come from Darke county, Ohio, and have cast their lots
among the Hoosiers. That county has, beyond question, furnished more settlers
to Randolph than any other in the Union. These people have, in nearly every
instance, proven to be industrious, public spirited and of honorable impulses
and therefore we owe much to this sterling band of Buckeyes, of which Benjamin
F. Denlinger, proprietor of the Union City Hardware Company, of Union City,
is one deserving of special mention in the pages of this history.
was born in Darke county, Ohio, August 15, 1865. He is a son of Jacob and
Mary (Barr) Denlinger, who spent their lives on a farm in Darke county,
Ohio, the father's death occurring in 1904, and the mother died in 1902. They
were the parents of the following children: Mary Lovina, who married W.
W. Parent, lives in Paulding county, Ohio; Anna married Robert
Rich, and they reside in Union City, on the Ohio side; John B. lives
in Jackson township; and Benjamin F., of this sketch. Benjamin Barr,
the maternal grandfather, was a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and
his death occurred there many years ago. Jacob Denlinger was a native of
the above named county also and there he resided until about 1850, when he
removed to Darke county, Ohio, and bought timbered land, which he cleared and
made into a farm. He was one of the pioneers of Darke county. He was a scion of
an old Pennsylvania German family.
Denlinger was educated at Hill Grove, Ohio, but he is what might properly
be called a self-made man, for he left school when only sixteen years of age
and began life for himself. For many years he followed farming and threshing
grain. He is still owner of a valuable and well-improved farm of ninety-four
acres in Darke county, Ohio, where he carried on general farming and stock
raising until 1908, when he moved to Union City, Indiana, and bought the
business of the Union City Hardware Company, which he has since conducted most
successfully, enjoying a large and rapidly growing business which extends over
a wide territory. He keeps a large and carefully selected stock of general hardware
and farming implements, and his store would be a credit to a town much larger
than Union City. By his uniform courtesy and honest dealings with his hundreds
of customers they invariably remain his friends. In five years he has succeeded
in building up a mercantile business second to none in Randolph county and
adjoining country. He is a man of great energy, wise fore sight and progressive
Politically, Mr. Denlinger is a Republican. He was township
trustee of Washington township, Darke county, Ohio, for one term. Fraternally,
he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a member of Camp Eagle,
Junior Order United American Mechanics, Union Council, No. 30.
Mr. Denlinger was married December 18, 1887, to Ella L.
Anspaugh, who was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, January 5, 1862. She is a
daughter of Daniel Anspaugh, who is deceased, as is also his wife.
To Mr. and Mrs. Denlinger have been born the following children: Earl
F., born April 18, 1889, married Louise Sutton, a daughter of Thomas
H. Sutton, on Easter Sunday, 1910, and to this union one child has been
born, Erma Louise, whose birth occurred October 28, 1912: Mary
Margaret, born May 2, 1898, is now attending school and making an excellent
record; she is a talented musician and every advantage will be given her along
this line. The son was also given excellent educational advantages, and is a
young business man of much promise.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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