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Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio
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Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company,
1895.

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  REV. JOHN G. VENNEMAN, priest in charge of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Marysville, Ohio, a man of ripe scholarship and marked executive ability, whose life has been consecrated to the cause of his Master and the uplifting of men, must of a surety be accorded mention in this connection.  Father Venneman is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born at Cincinnati, Feb. 17, 1835.  His parents, both of whom are now deceased; were J. G. Venneman and Catherine (Washford) Venneman, who were of Holland descent, and who were for many years residents of Evansville, Indiana, where the father was a man of prominence, having been engaged in the wholesale grocery business.  He was a pioneer in this line of enterprise at Evansville.  Our subject is one of seven children, four of whom are living.  He passed his childhood days at Evansville, and upon attaining the age of eleven years he has placed at St. Xavier College, Cincinnati, where he took the preliminary course of instruction, after which he entered St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated at the early age of seventeen years.  Soon after his graduation, our subject went to Boston for the purpose of taking up a course of theological study, with a view to preparing himself for holy orders.  He completed his divinity course in 1867, was duly graduated, and after a time proceeded to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was presented and ordained to the order of priesthood by the Bishop of Kansas, Rt. Rev. J. B. Meige.  In the interim between his graduation and ordination Father Venneman had not been idle.  In 1855 he became a teacher in the Jesuit college at Spring Hill, Alabama, where he remained for two years, at the expiration of which time  he was transferred to St. Xavier College, Cincinnati, and subsequently to St. Joseph's College, Kentucky.  After his ordination he continued in the educational field for a time, becoming a professor  at St. Ignatius College, Chicago, and holding the office as director of the institution for two years.  After this he was retained in charge of the department of poetry at St. ouis University for a period of four years, thereafter entering upon the more specific exercise of his priestly functions by going as missionary to Alabama, visiting the rude settlements in the great pine forests of that State, encountering many vicissitudes and enduring many hardships and inconveniences.  He continued his work for three years, and then came North and conducted missions in several of the Eastern cities, after which he went to Helena, Montana, and took charge of all the missions and stations between that point and Miles City covering a distance of nearly 600 miles.  This heavy burden he bore for about four years, being on the road more than 300 days in each year, in all kinds of weather and with the mercury ranging at times between thirty and fifty degrees below zero.  He also did missionary duty in Wyoming Territory for somewhat more than a year, after which he came to Marysville, where he has since resided, not resting from arduous till, but laboring in a more quiet, peaceful field, not marked for so great a physical tension as super induced to that of the mind.
     While in Montana Father Venneman erected two churches, one at Miles City and one at Boulder City, also beginning the erection of a third.  The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was established in Marysville about thirty years ago, being for a number of years in charge of the priests from Columbus, Delaware, and Urbana, Ohio.  About 1870, the first resident pastor, Father Paul, was secured, and since that time the charge has had regular incumbents, viz.:  Fathers Keffmeyer, Menke, Mazuret, Murphy, Dexter and Hickey.  Our subject was assigned to this parish in 1891, and he also has charge of the church organizations at Milford Center, Mechanicsburg, Woodstock, North Lewisburg, and Irwin, the total membership in the churches under his charge aggregating nearly one hundred families.  The church in Marysville has now a membership of about twenty families, and its affairs are in a prosperous condition.  The church building, which is merely a chapel, was erected many years ago, and has proved inadequate for the accommodation of the parishioners, who look forward to the erection of a modern and commodious edifice in the near future.
     Father Venneman has been quite an extensive traveler, having visited Mexico, California, and the European continent.  He attended the great International Exposition at Paris, and subsequently made an extended tour through the southern part of the continent.  A man of courteous bearing, genial in manner, and a fluent and interesting conversationalist, he bears his years lightly, appearing in full score of years younger than he really is.  He is still an assiduous student, and maintains a high interest in literature, having devoted his time, while in educational work, principally to teaching the languages and literature.  His private library is one which shows his fine literary tastes, and is very comprehensive and admirably selected.  A man who is true to his faith and charitable in all his dealings with his fellow men, Father Venneman holds not only the love of his own parishioners, but has the respect and esteem of all who know him.
~ Page 241 - Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, Union and Morrow, Ohio - Illustrated - Publ: Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895.

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