Person:William Diehm (1)

William Christopher Diehm
  • HWilliam Christopher Diehm1864 -
  • WRachel Lehner1871 - 1938
m. 15 Nov 1888
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Name William Christopher Diehm
Gender Male
Birth? 16 Feb 1864 Richland Township, Dekalb Co, IN
Marriage 15 Nov 1888 to Rachel Lehner

Biography of William Christopher Diehm, pages 763/764/765. History of DeKalb County, Indiana; B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, 1914.

William Christopher Diehm Any person who will investigate the facts in the case will be surprised to learn the great number of people of Germanic descent not living in the United States. Unquestionably the greatest number of emigrants reaching the shores of the new world came from that nation, and statistics show that there is more Germanic blood in the United States than any other. This being a fact, it is easy to account for the prosperity and morality of this country. Not only that, but it will afford an explanation for the love of learning shown by the people of our vast nation. Germany is famous the world over for its remarkable universities, for its educated men, for its poets and philosopher, and for the industry, patience, intelligence, morality and sturdiness of its citizens. These qualities have been brought to this country by the immigrants, and are now part and parcel of our wonderful nation---its progress in domestic economy, is advancement in every brand of material improvement and its love of country and home. William C. Diehm was born on February 16, 1864, about one and one-half miles south of his present farm in Richland township, DeKalb county, Indiana, and is the son of Peter and Margerite (Riess) Diehm. Peter Diehm, who was born in Germany, came to the United States with his parents when about seven years of age, the family settling first on a farm in Wayne township, Noble county, Indiana, where the subject’s father acquired a fine forty-acre farm. Subsequently he sold that tract and moved to Richland township, buying his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres in 1854. The land was well improved, and Mr. Diehm continued his active operation of the place, which is well fenced and drained and in all respects improved in an up-to-date and practical manner. The subject’s father died on December 11, 1913, at the age of eighty-seven years five months. Marguerite (Riess) Deihm, who also was born in the fatherland, came to America when about twenty-two years of age, and settled in Wayne township, Noble county, this state. Her death occurred in 1902, at the age of seventy-six years, on the old home farm. She was, in the true sense of the term, a help-mate to her husband in the accumulation of his material possessions, working hard as his assistant, being a considerate neighbor, a dutiful wife, a kind and affectionate mother and dearly beloved by all who knew her. To this worthy couple were born nine children, namely: John, deceased; Mrs. Christiana Lash, who lives in Garrett, Indiana, and is the mother of six children: Sarah, deceased; Mrs. Anna Wells, of Noble county, who is the mother of five children; Mrs. Katherine Craven of Michigan; Mrs. Mary Kresse, of near Kendallville, this state, and the mother of five children; William C., the subject of this sketch, is next in order of birth; Fred, who is a retail clerk living at Kendallville, married Lillie Squires; Henry, a farmer in Lagrange county, this state, married Rose Gregg. William C. Diehm was reared by his parents and received a good, practical education in the schools of his home township. He remained with his father until attaining his majority, when he took up the trade of carpentering, which he followed at different places during the following seventeen years. For four years he lived in Noble county, operating the old Hinkle farm and then came to Richland township, DeKalb county, where he bought forty acres of land, section 18, known as the Farrington farm, but retained possession of the forty acres already purchased. At the and of a year in Keyser township he returned to his Richland township farm, and has since given his undivided attention to its operation. He built the present fine barn at this place in 1908, and has in other ways made many fine permanent improvements, the place ranking among the best in the township. Mr. Diehm is a good farmer in every respect, giving attention to every detail of his work, and is in his relations with his neighbors a man of broad sympathies and kindly interest, holding the warm regard of all who know him. Mr. Diehm was married on November 15, 1888, to Rachel Lehner, the daughter of Jacob J. and Suzanna (Treesh) Lehner, the former a native of Germany, who came to the United States in 1844, and the latter born in Ohio. Mr. Lehner, who always followed farming pursuits, came to DeKalb county, settling in Richland township, where his death occurred in 1873. He was survived a number of years by his widow, whose death occurred on January 3, 1910. To Mr. and Mrs. Diehm have been born three children: Roy, a farmer; Mrs. Rosa Huhlman; and Vern, who lives at Kendallville. Politically, Mr. Diehm has given his earnest support to the Democratic party, and has been for many years numbered among the influential men of Richland township. A Lutheran in his religious faith, Mr. Diehm is in hearty sympathy with all moral movements, but is not personally affiliated with any religious society. The record of testimony in his community is ample that he is a good citizen in the full sense of the term, worthy of all confidence, and ever doing worthily and well everything which he give his attention. A hospitable man and cordially responsive to all social claims, his home is well equipped and attractive to all who are in his list of friends.