Ottawa County, Ohio
Henry and John Ahrens
Henry and John Ahrens are two of the most prominent farmers and fruit growers of Danbury township, Ottawa county, the former of whom was born September 22, 1860, on the old homestead farm upon which he still resides. He is a son of Carsten and Elizabeth (Fauble) Ahrens, both natives of Germany , who was reared to manhood upon the farm, and received his education in the district schools of the neighborhood. From early boyhood he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and of late years has devoted a grat deal of his time and attention to fruit growing, owning and operating one of the largest and most extensive fruit orchards in the township. Socially he is a member of Peninsular Lodge, No. 607, Knights of Pythias, and politically, is a stalwart Republican.
Carsten Ahrens, the father, was born in the Province of Hanover , June 5, 1805, and was the son of Adolph and Katherina Ahrens, also natives of the same province. Until the age of sixteen years he remained in his native land, it being about 1821 when he left home, going to England, where he worked in a sugar refinery someseven years. In 1828 we find him a resident of New York , where he engaged in the grocery business. Five years later he came to Danbury township, Ottawa county, Ohio , where he purchased the land on which he afterward resided, and then returned to New York . Several years later he removed to his farm, but after a residence of a few years rented his land to his brother and again went to New york , remaining there until about 1838, when he returned to Danbury township, and from that date until the time of his death there made his home. He departed this life May 2, 1883.
The mother of our subject was born in the Province of Hesse, Germany, April 14, 1830, and was the daughter of Wilhelm and Katrina Fauble, both of whose births occurred in the fatherland. She came to America in 1850, and for about a year made her home in Cleveland , Ohio . On December 6, 1851, at Sandusky City, Erie Co, Ohio , she was united in marriage with Carsten Ahrens, and became the mother of six children, as follows: Katherine, born February 11, 1853. who became the wife of Daniel Finken, and died October 5, 1884; Adolph, born January 213, 1855, died December 17, 1874;, Elizabeth, born October 21, 1858, who became the wife of William Hess of Danbury township, and died suddenly April 13, 1895, at the residence of our subject, leaving a husband and four children to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and loving mother; Henry is the next in order of birth, Anna was born in February, 1862; John, born April 25, 1864. also residing on the old homestead. The farm is now under the personal supervision of our subjects, and the neat and imposing appearance of the surroundings are ample proof of their ability as through, practical farmers and fruit growers. They take a lively interest in the progress and development of the county, giving their encouragement and more substantial support to those enterprises which are calculated to upbuild the community. The family attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
[Page 708, "Commemorative biographical record of the counties of Sandusky and Ottawa , Ohio : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families". Chicago : J.H. Beers & Co., 1896 - Sub by L. Dietz]