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George Spindler/OH - father Mathias/PA
Posted by: Katie Date: August 26, 1998 at 00:52:41
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Portrait and Biographical Record of Fayette, Pickaway and
Madison County, Ohio
Chapman Bros. 1892

GEORGE SPINDLER, a native-born citizen of Pickaway County,
is one of the leading farmers of Walnut Township, where he
has a good farm pleasantly located on section 10. Our
subject was born in Harrison Township January 30, 1845, and
is a son of John M. and Mary A. (Cummins) Spindler. His
father was for many years, until his death, a prominent and
greatly honored citizen of this county. He (NOTE: the
father) was born in Lancaster County, Pa., in 1818, and was
a son of Mathias and Elizabeth Spindler, who were of German
origin, and with whom he came to Ohio when he was a young
man. The family settled in Franklin County, where he
remained a short time, and then entered the teacher's
profession, for he was well educated, and he was engaged at
that several terms, teaching mostly in Pickaway County. He
subsequently owned and operated a sawmill and a gristmill on
Walnut Creek, on section 5, Walnut Township, where his widow
still resides. He was an active figure in local public life,
and was one of the leaders among the Republicans. Although
the majority of his fellow townsmen did not agree with him
in politics, they honored him as a man, and occasionally
showed their confidence in him by electing him to some
important office. He served as Justice of the Peace upwards
of twenty years, and he also was Trustee of Walnut Township
at one time. He was once brought forward as candidate for
Representative, but being on the Republican ticket, he was
defeated on account of his Republicanism. He was
public-spirited and progressive, and earnestly in favor of
whatever would elevate society or advance the interests of
the county. He was identified with the Grange as an
intelligent member and also was a valued member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church in which he held the office of
Trustee for several years. In his death, September 9, 1880,
the community suffered a severe loss.

The mother of our subject was born in Harrison Township, in
1821, and is a daughter of William and Mary Cummins, early
settlers of that township. She is the mother of eleven
children, of whom seven are living, namely: George, John W.,
Mary J., wife of William Hummel; Ann E., Emma, wife of
George C. Morrison; Elizabeth, wife of C. S. Perry; and
Lucy. John W., who is a graduate of the Ohio Wesleyan
University at Delaware is Superintendent of the Public
Schools at Winfield, Kan..

George Spindler has passed the most of his life in Pickaway
County, the family removing to Walnut Township when he was
very young. His early education was obtained in the district
school, and at the age of sixteen he entered Wesleyan
University at Delaware. He was a close student in that
institution one year, winning a good reputation for
scholarship, and then the breaking out of the war caused a
change in his plan, and he was obliged to give up his
studies. In the summer of 1864, (NOTE: Civil War) he
enlisted in the one hundred days service as a member of
Company C, One hundred and Fifty-fifth Ohio Infantry, and
did guard duty, principally with the Army of the Potomac,
and was at the front about four months. His military career
is commemorated by his connection with the Parsons' Post No.
670, G. A. R., (NOTE: Grand Army of the Republic) at
Nebraska, Ohio, as one of its prominent members, he holding
the position of Quartermaster.

After leaving the army, our subject turned his attention to
teaching, and won local distinction as an educator of no
mean ability. He taught his first school in the winter of
1864-65, and taught continuously every winter until 1872,
and one winter after that. He had a predilection for
agricultural pursuits, and has since devoted himself to
farming, doing a good business as a general farmer, and
having an excellent farm of one hundred acres of land, which
is well cultivated, and the improvements are of a good
class. Mr. Spindler stands high in social and religious
circles, and in him the Republican party of this section
finds one of its most devoted adherents. He belongs to the
Methodist Episcopal Church, which he served as Trustee, and
he has done much for the welfare of the Church.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Alice A. Culp was
celebrated May 11, 1869, and has been productive of mutual
felicity. Among its blessings are the five children that
have been born to them, to whom they have given these names:
Charles E., Della, Mamie S., Emma A. and John L. Mrs.
Spindler is a native of Walnut Township, and a daughter of
Lewis and Sophronia Culp.



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