John Leistensnider emigrated to this country from Germany in the year 1836, and first located at Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade, that of tailoring, until 1839. He was then married to Catharine Schwartz, and at once moved to Lewisburgh, York County, Pennsylvania, where he started in business for himself, which he carried on successfully for thirteen years, and by hard labor and constant toil he accumulated a little fortune of about two thousand and four hundred dollars, which he took with him to Savannah, Ashland County, Ohio, in 1852, and invested it in a farm just west of the village. Here he again opened a merchant tailoring establishment, a business he followed for twenty-one years. He then disposed of his stock and removed to the farm where he now resides. Mr. Leistensnider is the father of ten children: Mary, Henry, Philip, Caroline, Julia, Emma, Martha, Theodore (who died in infancy), one died in infancy, unnamed, and George, who resides on the home farm. Our subject has labored under more than ordinary disadvantages and is entitled to a great deal of credit for the success he has attained. Born of poor parents with but little opportunity for schooling, he has raised himself by dint of hard toil, industry, and good management, from a poor boy with but nine coppers in his pocket when he landed at Baltimore in 1836, to one of the most substantial and leading citizens of Clear-creek Township. Although suffering somewhat from the effects of his long continued toil “on the board,” he now lives in easy circumstances in one of the pleasantest homes to be found in the county. Mr. Leistensnider is a man of good judgment, independent in thought and action, hospitable and courteous, and highly regarded by his neighbors.
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