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Title: Edward Nierengarten
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It is a pleasure to investigate the career of a successful, self-made man. Peculiar honor attaches to that individual who, beginning the great struggle of life alone and unaided, gradually overcomes unfavorable environment, removes one by one the obstacles from the pathway of success and by the master strokes of his own force and vitality succeeds in forging his way to influence among his fellow men. Such is the record of the popular citizen of Liberty township to a brief synopsis of whose life the following lines are devoted.

Edward Nierengarten is a native son of the old Buckeye state, having been born at Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 11, 1876, and he is the son of Peter and Mary (Kenny) Nierengarten. Peter Nierengarten, who was a mason by trade, came to Warren county, Indiana, about a quarter of a century ago and here he entered upon the business of mason contracting, in which he was fairly successful. He was the father of fourteen children, of which number the subject of this sketch is the thirteenth in order of birth.

The subject secured part of his education in the schools of Ohio, completing his studies after his removal to Indiana. The family being a large one, he was under the necessity of looking out for himself in a measure and during the school vacations he obtained employment as a farm hand, later being employed at the hotels at the springs. He was industrious and practiced the most rigid economy so that eventually he was enabled to start in the mercantile business on a small scale. He was successful from the start and by judicious management of his affairs he has increased his stock as his patronage has increased until today he commands the largest trade in his line in the township. Courteous in his treatment of his customers, and being controlled by honest principles, he has won the friendship of all who have had dealing with him.

On August 10, 1909, Mr. Nierengarten was united in marriage with Maud Leslie, the daughter of Levi Leslie, and they are the parents of one child, Roy.

Politically, Mr. Mierengarten supports the Democratic party, while, religiously, he is favorably inclined to the Presbyterian church, to which his wife belongs. He is a man of fine personal qualities of character and is eminently deserving of the enviable position he has reached in the estimation of those who know him.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001077
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

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