History Record View

Title: John W. Zufall
File Attachment:
Attachment Type:

The gentleman whose life history is here taken under consideration is one of the strong, sturdy characters who has contributed largely to the welfare of the community where he lives, being a public-spirited citizen and progressive in the largest meaning of the word. He ranks as one of the leaders in agricultural circles in Warren county and one of the most representative citizens of Pike township, and yet a plain, unassuming, straightforward gentleman whom to know is to respect and admire. But when we consider the excellent quality of his Buckeye blood, drawn from sterling pioneer ancestry, it is not surprising that he has developed into a man that does things.

John W. Zufall was born in Washington county, Ohio, on July 8, 1846, and is the son of MOses and Eliza Ann Zufall. To these parents were born thirteen children, of whom eight are living. The father was a shoemaker, following that trade until 1860, when he moved onto a farm. In 1866 he moved to Lafayette, Indiana. The subject of this sketch was reared under the parental rood and attended the common schools of the neighborhood. The family lived along the Big Muskingum river, at Marietta, Point Harmar and other early towns of that district, the father being an itinerant shoemaker. In May, 1863, young Zufall enlisted in Company K, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, with which command he served for two years and three months, being mustered out in August, 1865. He served under the following brigade commanders, Fry, Ammons, Duffy and Thomas, in the Army of the Cumberland, and participated in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Knoxville, Bull's Gap, besides many minor engagements, marched from Greenville to Salisbury, and traveled through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina. He also had two brothers in the service, namely: William, in Company C, Eighth Ohio Cavalry, and Isaiah, in Company I, Ninety-third Ohio Regiment, and later in the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Regiment.

After being mustered out of the military service of his country, Mr. Zufall returned to Dayton, Ohio, and worked for a time at the carpenter's trade, which he followed after coming to Lafayette, INdiana, in 1868. He lived near Lafayette and Delphi until 1881, then lived at Danville, Illinois, for five years. He then located on a farm near State Line, Indiana, remaining there until the fall of 1911, when he moved to his present home in West Lebanon. He has been an industrious man and a good manager, so that, while not rich, he and his wife are comfortably situated, with no need for worry as to their future comfort.

On September 24, 1872, near Delphi, Indiana, Mr. Zufall was married to Mary Dick, the daughter of Levi and Sarah (Davis) Dick. She was born on October 19, 1853, near Pendleton, Indiana, removing in 1855 to New Waverly, Cass county, Indiana, and in 1860 to White county and in 1862 to Carroll county, where, at Delphi, she secured the major part of her education. To Mr. and Mrs. Zufall have been born the following children: Julius T., born in 1873, now residing at Rossville, Illinois; Harry O., born in 1875, living at West Lebanon, Indiana; William W., born in 1878, living at Big Fork, Montana; Walter S., born in 1880,died in 1881; Lulu A., born in 1882, living in Trent, South Dakota; an infant daughter, born and died in 1885; Oscar M., born in 1886, lives at West Lebanon; Marcus E., born in 1889, lives at Marshfield, Indiana, and John E., born in 1893, lives at West Lebanon.

In 1879 Mr. and Mrs. Zufall united with the Brethren church, joined the Cumberland Presybterian church in 1882, and then, when they located in State LIne, they became identified with the old Presbyterian church. They are now members of the Christian church, to which they give their earnest support. Fraternally, Mr. Zufall is a member of George W. Fleming Post No. 316, Grand Army of the Republic, and of Covington Lodge No. 66, Free and Accepted Masons. Politically, he is independent. He is a man whom to know is to like, and his fine personal qualities have won him many friends in the community where he lives.

[Page 830-831.]

Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001057
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

Information in this record is provided for personal research purposes only and may not be reproduced for publication. If you have questions about copyright issues contact the archive source listed above.