Note: In 1851-52, John A. Leinberger carried “Uncle Sam’s “ mail on foot between Saginaw and Bay City. He would go up one day, and come back the next. One day he met the late James Fraser, Bay County’s famous “man on horseback,” in the woods, where both were following an Indian trail. Fraser asked Leinberger why he did not get a horse to carry him and the bag those 16 miles, and on being told that he could not afford the luxury of a horse, at the exorbitant value of horses in those wilds, Fraser told him to go to Fraser’s stable and take his pick, which was promptly done the following day. Meeting Fraser soon after on the same trail, Leinberger asked how much he owed for the horse. “Well, John,” Fraser replied, “when you get able, you can pay me $50, and if you never get able, keep the horse anyhow.” That horse helped John Leinberger over many a rocky place in the road, and by dint of thrift and industry he soon owned one of the finest farms in Frankenlust. Since the Frankenlusters sold all their farm products in Bay City, they long desired to join the new county near Saginaw Bay, and in 1881 they kept John A. Leinberger at Lansing to lobby for the separation. Having brought about the union with Bay County, he was elected the first supervisor, and for years represented Frankenlust on that board. He had 10 children by his first wife, and was married again in 1883. ================================================================================= Frankenlust's history is that of a German farming community. Although a part of Saginaw County initially, most of the product they grew was sold Bay City and was cause for the desire to a part of Bay County. That effort was led by John Leinberger, a large land owner and farmer who successfully lobbied the state for the change. ================================================================================== JOHN A. LEINBERGER, who resides on section 1, Frankenlust Township, Bay County, was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 19, 1830, and is the son of Frederick and Catherine Leinberger. He passed his youth in the Fatherland, whence in 1847 he emigrated to America in company with his brother, Adam. After landing in New York City, they proceeded "Westward to Detroit and from there came overland by team to Frankenmuth Township, Saginaw County, the trip occupying one week. After remaining there one winter, Mr. Leinberger removed to the city of Saginaw in the spring of 1848. and one year later came to Frankenlust.
Upon coming to this township Mr. Leinberger at first bought twenty acres of Government land. Shortly after he came to this country, his mother, who wished to join her children in the United States, left her home in Germany, took passage on a steamer bound for New York, but on the ocean she was taken sick and died before land was reached. The father of our subject died in Germany in 1835, when the latter was a child of only five years. The union of our subject and Miss Maria Catharina Drusslein was celebrated July 8, 1849. The bride, whose birth occurred June 24, 1828, was a lady of noble character and genial disposition, devoted to her husband and children.
There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Leinberger nine children, namely: Adam, born October 14, 1852; Elizabeth, who married John Roedel and resides in Bay City; Maria Barbara, the wife of August Kleinert, and a resident of Portsmouth Township, this county; Anna Catherine died in 1882; George Stephen lives in Monitor Township; Anna Margaretha, now Mrs. George Arnold, lives in Monitor Township; Adam Leonard died in infancy; Adam Conrad, a teacher in a Lutheran school in Chicago, and John Tobias, who makes his home in Frankenlust Township.
In his political views Mr. Leinberger is a stanch Democrat and cast his first Presidential vote for Buchanan. The first office to which he was elected was that of Township Treasurer,which he held for thirteen years; later he was chosen Clerk of Frankenlust Township, filling that position efficiently for five years. When Frankenlust Township was a part of Saginaw County, he served as its representative on the County Board of Supervisors for two years and retained this position for four years after it belonged to Bay County. He belonged to the committee which was sent to Lansing to advocate the measure of having Frankenlust Township taken from Saginaw County and annexed to Bay County, and together with the others who were alike with him interested in the measure he succeeded in getting the change made after he had remained in Lansing ninety-one days. From 1870 until 1880 he served as Postmaster in Frankenlust and has held numerous offices of minor importance within the gift of his fellow-citizens.
Having now retired from active fanning pursuits, Mr. Leinberger has divided up his two hundred and seventy acres among his sons and retained for himself only eighteen acres, upon which he and his wife reside. A member of the Lutheran Church he was for nine years Trustee and for four years Vorsteher of the church, and has always been held in high respect in the community. His first wife died March 10, 1880, and in January, 1883, he was married to Anna Maria Meier, a native of Illinois and a most estimable lady.
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