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Deuscher House

Deuscher House or the Henry P. Deuscher House, 2385 Woodsdale Road, Trenton (Madison Twp.), was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The web site of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) of the Ohio Historical Society says the house "is architecturally significant because it is an excellent example of High Victorian Italianate. This two-story brick country home was constructed about 1870 by a German immigrant, Henry P. Deuscher." OHPO says "Deuscher, a member of the German Evangelical religion, was a prominent farmer, merchant, manufacturer and industrialist in the neighboring communities of Trenton and Hamilton. The house is unique in the rural farmland of this township because it is unlike the other large brick houses built in a simple design by a community of Amish-Mennonites under the leadership of Christian Augspurger. Those 10 brick houses and their farmsteads, and seven brick buildings in the village of Woodsdale were nominated to the National Register in a thematic grouping in December of 1982." OHPO says "Henry P. Deuscher was born in Baden, Germany, and came to this county in 1836 at the age of six. He first became a butcher in Trenton, then moved to a 481-acre farm in 1857 when he purchased land in Madison Twp. He operated a store in Trenton under the firm name of Deuscher and Wannenwetsch, and later as Deuscher and Borger. In 1870 the brick house in the county was built, just a few years before he formed the H. P. Deuscher Co. in Hamilton and went into the malting business. The firm later changed to the manufacture of agricultural implements, and by 1893-94 the manufacture of heating and ventilating appliance had been added. H. P. Deuscher owned the farm, where his daughter and her Mennonite husband, Otto Ehresman, lived until the industrialist's death in 1903." (For more information, see H. P. Deuscher Co.)

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