Frederic Altstaetter 1
- Born: 26 Jan 1838, Monroe Twp., Allen, OH 1
Another name for Frederic was Georg Frederick Altstaetter.2
Noted events in his life were:
1. Book: History of Allen County, Ohio, 1906. 1
Frederic Altstaetter, one of the prominent farmers of Monroe township, whose 200 acres of well-improved land are situated in section 29, was born in this township, January 26, 1838, and is a son of Jacob and Catherine (Bucher) Altstaetter.
The father of our subject was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, February 21, 1811, and came to the United States in 1832. He spent a year in Maryland, where he followed his trade of cabinet-making at Fredericktown, and then removed to Dayton, Ohio, in 1833. In 1835 he came to Monroe township, Allen County, where a long, busy and useful life was spent. He owned a very large body of land at one time, but prior to his death he gave his children all but 200 acres. He learned to speak the English language intelligently, but the German tongue was the one usually herd in the home. He was a stanch supporter of the Democratic party but never cared for political office. He was a man of integrity of character and was one of the leading Germans of his locality. It was through his efforts and generosity that the German Evangelical Church was founded in Monroe Township. At Dayton, Ohio. he was married to Catherine Bucher, who was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, October 26, 1816, and died in Monroe township, in December, 1903. On the paternal side her people came from Switzerland and settled first in Pennsylvania.
Our subject is one of 13 children, namely: Elizabeth, deceased; Frederic; John, deceased; Susannah (Haas), of Lima; Sarah (Zulinger), of Lima; George L., of Monroe township, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work; Michael, of Lima; Mary (Rummel), of Monroe township; Louisa, Catherine and Bertha, deceased; Philip Jacob, living on the old homestead whose sketch is given elsewhere in this work; and Abigail, deceased. In 1866 our subject was married to Elizabeth Krouse and the resided on her father's farm in Putnam County for 12 years. Then Mr. Altstaetter bought his present well-improved farm, where he has carried on general farming and stock-raising ever since.
Mrs. Altstaetter was born in Richland County, Ohio, August 18, 1847, and was 20 years of age when she accompanied her parents to Putnam County. They were John and Margaret (Stein) Krouse, natives of Germany, but both of them had come as children to America. Mr. and Mrs. Altstaetter have three sons, viz.: John, a merchant at Cairo; Charles, who operates the home farm; and George F., who farms in Monroe township. Mr. Altstaetter and wife are members of the German Reformed Church. Politically, he is a Democrat.