From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 639-640


Benedict Gasser was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, Aug. 9, 1817.  In 1833 his parents, John and Anna Gasser, with their family of nine children came to the United States and settled in Sandusky County, Ohio, where the mother died the same year and the father the following year.  The children were then scattered and were cared for by different parties.  Of the five now living, Anna is the wife of Jacob Vanetten, of Sandusky County; Benedict, is our subject; Christian, of Jamestown, this county; Joseph, of Toledo, Ohio; and Mrs. Martha Stephens, of Wisconsin.  Mr. Gasser was married in Sandusky County, in 1840, to Caroline Albert, a native of Hesse, Germany, born Nov. 18, 1819.  Two years after his marriage he came to Steuben County and settled on section 20, Scott Township, on the farm he now owns and occupies.  His first purchase was forty acres of wild land.  This he has cleared and improved and has added to it eighty acres, having one of the finest farms in the township.  Mr. and Mrs. Gasser have a family of nine children-- Sanford, of Michigan; Mrs. Margaret Wise, of this township; John, at home; Mrs. Mary Vinecore, of Nebraska; Frederick of this township; Josephine, of Nebraska; Mrs. Addie Crone, of York Township; Eva and Ida at home.  In politics Mr. Gasser is a Democrat.


Submitted by Kim Davoli