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Dietrich, Charles H.

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Dietrich, Charles H.
March 16, 2007 02:12PM
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes, Lewis
Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version,
Vol. III, p. 1281. [Clark County]

CHARLES H. DIETRICH--The subject of this sketch, now a citizen of
Winchester, Kentucky, is a native of the Buckeye state, having been born
in Fredericksburg, Wayne county, Ohio, September 19, 1849. His parents were
John J. N. Dietrich and Elizabeth (Boyer) Dietrich, both of whom were born
near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Jacob Dietrich, was a
soldier in the American army in the war of the Revolution. His
great-grandfather, a native of Germany, emigrated to America between 1745
and 1750 and settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Dietrich's
father was a woollen manufacturer, a business which he followed for many
years, both in Pennsylvania and in Ohio, to which state he returned about
the year 1837.
Charles H. Dietrich was reared in Wayne county, attending the schools
of his native town and later those of Defiance, Ohio, to which city his
parents removed their home in their later years. Upon the organization in
1873 of the Ohio State University, of Columbus, Ohio, he entered it as a
student and graduated in 1878, in the first class of that now famous
institution. He had been engaged in teaching before he entered college and
resumed that work soon after his graduation. His health failing he joined
a party of prospectors in the winter of 1880 and went to New Mexico, where
he worked as a United States mineral surveyor until the close of the year
when he was engaged by the city school board of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to
organize and supervise the graded schools of that city. He entered upon
the work at once and continued in charge of the schools until June, 1895,
when he resigned to enter the service of the American Book Company, as
their representative in central and eastern Kentucky and this position he
still holds. Mr. Dietrich has for many years been connected with the
Masonic fraternity in Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery, and has been honored
by the order by election to office frequently.
Mr. Dietrich acknowledged the worth and charm of Kentucky's daughters
by marrying one of them--Miss Minnie R. Lander, daughter of Wilson J.
Lander, of Hopkinsville. She became his wife November 28, 1883. She has
made his home the ideal "Old Kentucky Home." They have been blessed with
five children, Karl, Ruth, Lois, Aime, and Neil; and theirs have been
busy and useful lives such as lead to the establishment and maintenance
of American life and the American nation.

Dietrich Boyer Lander
Hopkinsville-Christian-KY Fredericksburg-Wayne-OH Lancaster-PA
NM Germany

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