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John Buchtel IV Remembrance



Akron (OH) Beacon Journal article of 1932, titled "Looking Back With John Botzum," concerning John Buchtel IV (17 Nov 1797 to 26 Dec 1894):

It was during the Christmas season of 38 years ago that Akron buried the oldest and most interesting pioneer of this section. That man was John Buchtel, father of William Buchtel, Akron banker, and John R Buchtel, founder of Buchtel College.

John Buchtel died at the age of 97. The pallbearers were John W Baker, Henry Young, John Heppert, J. B. Woods, Philip Bock, and J. A. Kohler.

He was born in Pennsylvania and came here with his parents in 1816. His father, Peter, was a noted hunter.

At the time of his funeral, December 28, 1894, this story appeared in a local newspaper: "In coming here Peter Buchtel, father of John Buchtel, settled on a farm near what is now East Liberty in 1816. The nearest trading place was Canton, 18 miles away, where supplies were brought from Pittsburgh in covered wagons. To Canton the members of the Buchtel family had to go whenever they wanted anything, from a plug of tobacco to a hogshead of molasses. Amid these surroundings John Buchtel spent his young manhood. He married Catherine Richards and commenced house-keeping in a log cow stable.

"Akron, at that time, had not been thought of. A few houses and a mill marked the town of Middlebury, now East Akron. Ravenna was the county seat where taxes had to be paid and all public business transacted. Coventry Township, in those days, was a paradise for deer and bear. John Buchtel was a great fisherman and would spend days at Long Lake, then called Portage Pond."

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