John Deuble (1840 – 1910)
The subject of this history, a man of more than ordinary intelligence and business capacity, owns eighty acres of good land in Section 22, Troy township, and is prominent among the agricultural interests of Wood county, contributing largely to its reputation by building up one of the most desirable homesteads within its borders. He is in the prime of life, and the midst of his usefulness-admired and esteemed by his friends and neighbors, and enjoying, as he deserves, a generous portion of this world’s goods.
Like a large proportion of the go-ahead men of the county, Mr. Deuble is a native of the Buckeye State, his birth having taken place in Liverpool township, Medina county, January 28, 1840. His parents, C. F. and Christina (Kushman) Deuble, were natives of Germany; but were married in Medina county. In Liverpool Township the father opened up a farm, where he made his home until his death in 1872. He was also a tanner by trade. The mother of our subject had died in Medina county, in 1849, leaving seven children: Frederick, of Iowa; Mrs. Mary Henschen, of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Christina Hanmon, of Litchfield, Medina County; Henry, of Cleveland; Mrs. Sarah Renick, of Havana, Ohio; Charles, of Cleveland; and John J., of this sketch, who was fourth in order of birth. After the death of his first wife, the father was again married, and by the second union had eight children, who are still living.
The childhood and youth of our subject were passed in Medina county until he reached the age of sixteen, when he started out in life for himself, going first to Indiana, where he was employed. He later worked both in Iowa and Colorado, and in 1863 located at Virginia City, Mont., the county seat of Madison County, where he entered land and became one of its first settlers. He remained there until coming to Wood County in 1890, carrying on both stock raising and mining, and still owns a stock ranch of 160 acres in that State. He became quite familiar with Western life in all its phases. In 1884 he purchased his present farm, where he located in 1890, and two years later built his good barn, 40 x 70 feet, while his comfortable two-story frame residence was erected in 1893.
On the 12th of October, 1879, in Troy township, Wood county, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Deuble and Miss Sarah Kurfess, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, October 30, 1849. She was educated in Wood County, and is the daughter of Jacob and Frederica (Metzger) Kurfess, both natives of Germany. Her parents were married near Cleveland, but removed to Troy Township at an early day, where the mother died in 1884, and the father now finds a pleasant home with our subject. To Mr. and Mrs. Deuble have been born two children: John A., born October 25, 1880, and Paul Frederick, born March 17, 1883.
In politics our subject is an ardent Democrat, and religiously he and his amiable wife are esteemed members of the Lutheran Church at Stony Ridge, of which he has served as elder. They are frank, open-hearted, hospitable people, and have made many warm friends since taking up their residence in the community.
“Wood county Ohio, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897”