Anton F. Rosener, a prominent farmer of Sugar Creek township, was born in this township on March 23, 1853, the son of William L. and Christena (Brademeier) Rosener. Anton F. Rosener was born on his father's farm in the little three-room frame house that had been erected some time before by the father. Here he spent his childhood and attended the German school After completing his education he continued to assist with the work on the farm until he was married.
On June 25, 1875, Anton R. Rosener was united in marriage to Malinda Miller, who was born on the old Miller homestead, on February 27, 1857. She was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Rosener) Miller.
After his marriage Mr. Rosener rented a neighboring farm for one year, after having been employed by the neighbors as a farm hand for a time. For two years he was on the farm of Mrs. Anton Mier, after which he rented the place of his sister, Mrs. Louise Knoop, where he remained for four years. He then bought a farm of seventy acres of his brother, William, three acres of which he later sold to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He later bought nine acres of another tract, making him a farm of seventy-six acres. The farm had been improved by a combination frame and log house, which had in earlier days been used as a tavern, being situated on the National road. There was also a good new frame barn. In 1893 Mr. Rosener erected a beautiful eight-room house, a double corn-crib, a granary, hog-house and other outbuildings, making the surroundings most attractive and convenient
On July 30, 1893, occurred the death of Mrs. Rosener, a woman who was admired and respected by all who knew her. To Mr. and Mrs. Rosener were born the following children: Emma, Ida, Rosetta, Amelia, William, Albert and Mary. Emma is the wife of Charles Custer, of Sugar Creek township; Ida and Rosetta are deceased, the former dying at the age of three years and the latter at the age of six months; Amelia is the wife of Edward Stevenson, of Ordway, Colorado, and they are the parents of three children, Ronald, Walter and Vern; William, deceased, was the husband of Mabel Domanget; Albert married Emma Schildmeier and resides in Sugar Creek township; Mary is the wife of William Spilker, and they are the parents of two children, Ruth and Adelbert.
Anton Rosener retired from active business in 1911. His life has been an active and successful one, much of his success being due to his ability in raising cattle and horses. Mr. Rosener is an active member of the German Lutheran church and was for a time one of the trustees. His wife was also an active member and his children are also members of the denomination. Politically, Mr. Rosener is a Democrat, but has not been an office-seeker, having confined his efforts to the selection of good men for office. He is one of the well-known citizens of the township and the county, being highly respected by all who know him.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 983-984.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI October 19, 2001.
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