Jacob Horther was born in Germany, in the province of Bavaria, on the 6th of June, 1823. His boyhood days were spent upon a farm and in 1845 he sailed for America, having determined to seek a home and fortune in the new world, of whose advantages and privileges he had heard such favorable reports. After forty-two days spent upon the water the vessel in which he took passage reached New York harbor, and a few days later he arrived in Cincinnati. From that place he made his way to Brookville, Indiana, where he learned the cooper's trade, and in 1847 he removed to Hamilton, Ohio, where he was employed at his trade as foreman of a shop. In 1862 he arrived in Miamisburg, where he conducted a hotel for three years. On the expiration of that period he purchased the farm upon which he now lives, and it has since been his home. Industry has been one of his conspicuous characteristics, and it is this quality which has gained him the comfortable competence which he now enjoys. His farm comprises ninety-nine acres of land in Newton township, where he caries on general farming. The soil is rich and his practical methods of cultivation have resulted in securing good harvests.
While in Cincinnati, in 1846, Mr. Horther married an old school friend, Miss Margaret Herzog. The acquaintance was gladly renewed and in course of time their love was plighted and they were married. Their union has been blessed with eight children: Theressa, now deceased; Catherine; Mary; Margaret; Jacob B.; Conrad H.; Dennis; and Louisa. For thirty-five years the family have resided upon the farm which is yet their home, and as early settlers of the community they were widely known. Mr. Horther is a member of the German Lutheran church. The determination which he formed in early life to come to America he has never had cause to regret, for in this land where opportunities are unhampered he has steadily worked his way upward and has secured a comfortable home and many friends.
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