Joseph Buchheit

Josehp Buchheit. Griggs county is well known for her pleasant and well regulated farms, and one of these fine tracts is owned and operated by the subject of this review. He is a pioneer settler of that region and has aided materially in bringing the country to its high state of civilization. Mr. Buchheit resides in section 10 in Willow township, and has acquired a comfortable home by dint of faithful efforts and good management.

Our subject was born on a farm in Waterloo county, Ontario, Canada, May 2, 1854 and was the seventh in a family of thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters, born to Jacob and Mary (Buchheit) Buchheit. His parents were natives of Germany, and later emigrated to America, and died at an advanced age in Indiana.

When our subject was eight years of age he removed with his parents to St. Joseph county, Indiana, and they settled on a farm near South Bend, where he attended school and assisted his father until sixteen years of age, when he took a position with Clark, Whitson & Company, of Mishawaka, Indiana, and remained in their employ five years. He then returned home and remained for some time, and in 1880 went to Griggs county, North Dakota. After looking over the county he returned to Mishawaka, and followed clerking there about one year, and in the spring of 1882 again went to Griggs county. North Dakota. He then filed claim to the northeast quarter of section 10, in Willow township, as a pre-emption, since which time he has resided thereon. He is now the possessor of seventeen hundred acres of land, all of which is well improved, and from a limited capital he has gained a comfortable income and is numbered among the substantial men of his locality.

Our subject was married in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1887, to Miss Ella M. Minnick, a native of Indiana, and a daughter of Jacob and Mary Minnick. Mrs. Buchheit's father was a farmer by occupation. Mr. Buchheit takes an active part in local affairs of a public nature, and has held various offices in his township and county. He is the present chairman of the board of county commissioners, having been elected in that capacity on the independent ticket. He is a man who has the interests of his community at heart, and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen.

Source:  Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota 1900 Page 489

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