OHIO COUNTY AND FAMILY HISTORIES, 1780-1970; MERCER, VAN WERT COUNTIES, VOLUME II, BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF VAN WERT COUNTY, PAGE 410 - 413
A.W. Bowen & Co.
"Oliver Koogle--- The family of which the subject of This biography is a representative is of German origin. His grandfather, Jacob Koogle, was a native of Maryland, and early immigrated to Ohio, settling about the year of 1819, in the county of Ashland, where he took possession of a small log cabin, on the Black reek, in which a few years previous, a family by the name of Seymore, had been murdered by Indians. By occupation Jacob Koogle was a blacksmith, and did much of the work for the early pioneers of Ashland county, among whom he settled. In religion he was a Lutheran, in politics a democrat, and in all things a first-class citizen. He was a hero in the war of 1812, and died in January, 1871; his devoted wife preceded him twenty years, dying in 1851.
Daniel Koogle, father of the subject of this sketch, was born September 25, 1814, in Frederick county, Md., and at the age of five years accompanied his parents to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. He received his education in the log cabin school-house, common in the early days of Ohio; and on the 14th day of April, 1837, was united in marriage to Susannah Swoveland, daughter of John and Christian (Meisenheimer) Swoveland, to which union were born three children, Tobias, George W., and Oliver. Daniel Koogle and family moved to Van Wert county in 1854 and settled on a farm near where their youngest son, subject of this biography, is at present residing. He made a farm of 240 acres, and for eight years operated, during a part of the summer season, a threshing machine, having first commenced that business in the county of Richland. He brought to Richland county the first separator every operated in the county; he was treasurer of his township for eight years, was a democrat in politics, and like his ancestors, for several generations, subscribed to the creed of the Lutheran church. He died June 22, 1894; his widow, at this time, makes her home with the subject of this sketch.
Oliver Koogle was born in Ashland county, Ohio, March 27, 1846, and there remained until the family's removal to the county of Van Wert, in the year mentioned in a preceding paragraph. Mr. Koogle has always been a tiller of the soil, and ranks with the best farmers of his township. He was first married to Sarah Wise who died within two years of the celebration of the nuptials, and April 12, 1877, he married Sarah E. LeBlond, daughter of Christopher and Charlotte (Cooper) LeBlond. Mr. Koogle's father was a native of Knox county, Ohio, born November 16, 1814. He married in that county, but soon afterward moved to the county of Mercer, locating in the town of Celina, where he followed the carpenter's trade for some years, thence moved to Liberty township, Van Wert county, where for some time he was similarly engaged. His father was Everah C. LeBlond, born in Paris May 22, 1789, and came to the United States from France when seventeen years of age and settled in Knox county, Ohio, where he married and reared a family.
The following are the names of Mr. and Mrs. Koogle's children: Myrtle A., Clyde P., Otis O., Charles F. and Catheine M. Mr. Koogle is a progressive farmer and trustworthy citizen. In partnership with his brother he owns 240 acres of land, which is well improved, and, in addition to agricultural pursuits, he pays considerable attention to dairy farming, having upon his place quite a number of fine Guernsey cattle. In matters educational he has always taken a deep interest and has given his children good advantages in that direction; politically he wields an influence with the democratic party, and in religion is liberal, not being identified with any church organization."
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