ShelbyCountyBiographies Project
 
 

 WilliamChristie Smyser
    AStandard History of Kansas and Kansans,
written & compiled by William E.Connelley,
1918

Submitted by: Tina Hursh,


     WILLIAM CHRISTIE SMYSER, who died at Sterling,Kansas, August 9, 1917, had been for thirty-five years a resident ofthat section of the state. Few men have assumed and carried out to sucha successful conclusion the larger responsibilities of businessaffairs. One of the outstanding characteristics of big business men isa quiet efficiency of performance that handles a great volume of workwith a notable absence of noise andconfusion. This quiet efficiency wasa mark of Mr. Smyser's entire career. Underhis direction large affairswere transacted and things got themselves donein theform of concreteresults, but in such a way as to attract little notice tothe sourceofthe power and energy.

The foundation of his business success was laid during hisconnection with the broom corn industry of Western Kansas. For a numberof years he was one of the most extensive dealers in this crop, buyingin carload lots. After he gave this up he concentrated all his timeupon the buying and feeding of sheep, and was undoubtedly one of thebiggest producers of mutton and wool in the State of Kansas. He amasseda large property in farm land and always lived in close touch with thesoil. He was a student of farming from its scientific as well aspractical point of view. He knew and understood soils, and seldom madean error in adapting his crops and his business to the variations ofsoil and climate.

William Christie Smyser was born at Milford, Ohio, September 5,1839, and at the time of his death his age was seventy-seven years,eleven months, four days. 

He was a son of Abram and Susan Smyser.The early part of his life was spent in his native county and hecompleted his education by graduating from the Milford
Seminary. Mr. Smyser was descended from one of the oldest Germanfamilies of noble descent, who flourished among the Silesianknighthood. In the twelfth
century they called and signed themselves "The Schmeissers ofEhrenprrisburg," and this family bore the coat of arms of theirknightly kinsfolk, carrying the date
1128 A. D.

Of Mr. Smyser's life in Kansas the Sterling Bulletin had this to say:"Mr. Smyser came to Sterling with his family in 1882 and since thattime has made his home
here. He was well known all over the state and was the largest sheepfeeder in Kansas. He fed from 15,000 to 20,000 sheep a year. He was agood business man, not only being a success in a business way but alsowas noted for his honesty and business integrity. He was naturally of aretired, quiet disposition, never
caring to have any public demonstration made concerning his affairs. Hewas a very generous man, but gave in such a quiet way that but fewpeople really knew of
his generosity. Courteous, pleasant and cheerful he made many friends.He liked young people and kept in close touch with them and theirinterests. He was
devoted to his family and with his sons he was an intimate companion,and enjoyed their society and company always, even to the exclusion ofolder friends.
He led a straightforward, upright life. He had been a member of theCongregational church for years. He was a great Bible student andderived much comfort and help from reading the scriptures. Few men weremore optimistic in their nature, few men more kind and thoughtful intheir homes, and few will be more missed from a home than Mr. Smyser."

He was an active member of Sterling Lodge No. 171, Ancient Free andAccepted Masons, and some of his brother Mason's acted as pall bearersat his funeral.
Earlier in life he had also been identified with the Independent Orderof Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. In politics he was a democrat byprinciple,
often aided the party, and at the same time was independent insupporting various candidates, an instance of which is that he cast avote for the republican
governor, Capper. 

In his will Mr. Smyser left his entire estate to his wife as executrix.She had been his constant helpmate and companion for nearly half acentury.

It was in Shelby County, Ohio, October 28, 1868, that William C. Smyserand Miss Lavinia J. Brown were united in the ties that endured fornearly fifty
years.

Mrs. Smyser was born at Piqua, Ohio, of an old and prominent family ofthat state. Her first American ancestor was Thomas Brown, whoimmigrated from
Wales and settled in Virginia. He took part as a soldier in theRevolutionary war. Mrs. Smyser's grandfather, Joseph Brown, a son ofThomas, the Revolutionary
patriot, was born in 1761. He added to the military record of thefamily by service in the War of 1812. For this service the Governmentgave him a land grant, and
that grant was placed in Missouri, and the City of Carrollton has sincebeen built on the land. Joseph Brown was a pioneer settler in SouthernOhio, locating in
Clermont County, where he spent his last years and where he died in1851.

The father of Mrs. Smyser was John Brown, who was born in ClermontCounty, Ohio, in 1806, when that region was all a wilderness. Rightafter his
marriage he moved north to Piqua and located in the big woods, where hecleared up a farm. He settled on that farm in 1828 and now, after alapse of nearly ninety years, the old homestead of 160 acres is ownedby his son, John P. He was a very prominent man at Piqua in MiamiCounty, where he helped establish the first bank, but his home andchief interests were in the adjoining County of Shelby, where hissuccess as a farmer made him the wealthiest man of the county at onetime. In the pioneer days one of the neighbors of the Brown family wasthe famous Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, who lived on afarm adjoining the Brown homestead on the south. John Brown becameidentified with the republican party upon its organization and was avery active churchman of the Christian denomination. He died in ShelbyCounty, Ohio, in 1879, at the age of seventy-one.

John Brown married Mary Fitzwater. She was born in Clermont County,Ohio, June 27, 1809, and died at Piqua December 31, 1889, Of their sixchildren Mrs.
Smyser was the eighth. Maria, the oldest, died at Piqua, wife of JamesWise, a farmer, also deceased. Elizabeth, living at Windsor, Illinois,is the widow
of John Smyser, who died at Windsor in 1880, and was a brother of thelate William C. Smyser. Mary Ann, the next older sister of Mrs. Smyser,died at Piqua, wife of John W. Widney, a farmer, now deceased. John P.has already been mentioned as the owner of the old homestead. Theyoungest child is Ward Brown, who owns some of his father's originalland holdings in Ohio.

Mrs. Smyser grew up and was educated in the public schools at Piqua,and came to Kansas with her husband in 1882. She has identified herselfwith the social and public life of Sterling in many ways. She is anactive member of the Congregational Church and through her ancestry isa member of the Daughters of
the American Revolution. Her relationship with early colonial familiesis a most interesting one. Her great-grandmother, Mary Ball, was afirst cousin and a
bosom friend of the mother of Gen. George Washington. Thus Mrs. Smyseris entitled to the Ball coat of arms. She has been very active in theDaughters and in 1905,  while regent for twelve years of theKansas Chapter, the first marker for the Santa Fe Trail was placed inposition by the chapter. Later she assisted in
placing and selecting the granite markers for the trail throughout thestate. She is treasurer of the Pawnee Rock Association, and GovernorHoch commissioned her to erect the monument at Pawnee Rock and she waslargely instrumental in raising the funds for the purchase of thatmonument. She is still treasurer of the
association. Mrs. Smyser is past worthy matron of Sterling Chapter No.47, Order of Eastern Star, is president of the Home Culture Club, theoldest woman's club in Sterling; and is a member of the P. E. O.Sisterhood.

Mr. and Mrs. Smyser had three children, two sons and one daughter. Theoldest is Dr. Harley Brown Smyser, who was born October 21, 1869. Heattended the
high school and studied dentistry, passing the examination before theState Board of Dental Surgery. He now resides at Wichita, where he hasan office, and also
other offices in Hutchinson, Pratt and Kinsley. He is married and histwo children are Bessie Lucile and Paul Ward. Mary Alberta, the onlydaughter, born May 1,
1871, is a graduate of Bethany College at Topeka and a member of theDaughters of the American Revolution. She was organizer of SterlingChapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and is ex-regent ofUrbana Chapter of Urbana, Ohio, where she occupies a prominent positionin social and club life. She married C.
F. Johnson and they live at Urbana, Ohio, where Mr. Johnson is amanufacturer of tin products used by railroads and also of halters andsimilar wares. The younger son, John Ward, born August 26, 1874,graduated from the Western Dental College of Kansas in 1899, but hasnever followed that professional
career, giving all his time and attention to the sheep feedingbusiness. His own farm of 320 acres is a mile and a half east ofSterling, and he is also manager of
the large estate of his father, comprising 1,280 acres. The family alsorent 160 acres, a tract of land which has been used by them fortwenty-five years and
which they have never been able to buy. J. Ward Smyser maintains thesheep feeding business on the same scale as his father conducted it,and every year from
15,000 to 20,000 sheep are pastured and fed on the Smyser ranch. J.Ward Smyser is a democrat, an active supporter of the CongregationalChurch, and is
affiliated with Sterling Lodge No. 171, Ancient Free and AcceptedMasons. In 1915, at Sterling, he married Miss May Hughes, who was bornat Sterling.
    



Edward E. Kah
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 520
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

EDWARD E. KAH
     one of the representative and old establishedbusiness men of Sidney, who for twenty-two years has been proprietor ofKah's Jewelry Store, and who, for thirty-four years has been in thejewelry and optical business, was born on his father's farm in Franklintownship, Shelby county, O., December 23, 1857, and is a son of Georgeand Dorothy (Zimpher) Kah.
     George Kah was born in Germany and both he andwife came to America prior to marriage, with their parents, settling inShelby county. After marriage they lived for some time on their farm inFranklin township and then came to Sidney, where George Kah conducted ashoe store, being a practical shoemaker. He died at Sidney, December10, 1904, where his widow, now aged eighty-two years, still resides.
     Edward E. Kah attended school in this city andthen gave his father assistance in the shoe store until he wastwenty-one years old, when he felt at liberty to follow his owninclinations in regard to his choice of career. Consequently he went towork for C. W. McKee, who, at that time, conducted a jewelry store inthe Wagner House block. He finally bought the business from Mr. McKeebut in order, to get a more desirable location, had to buy a bookstore, which he continued to conduct in conjunction with his otherbusiness until 1911, when he dosed out that feature but still continuesto handle wall paper and picture moldings. He is considering the matterof erecting a new building and moving into it in the near future,although he already owns a fine block in which Young Brothers' clothingstore is located. He is an expert watchmaker and a graduated optician,having completed his course in the latter branch in a well knownoptical college at Chicago, in 1898.
     Mr. Kah married Miss Carrie A. Bush, adaughter of George L. Bush, of Sidney. They enjoy the comforts of ahandsome residence on North Walnut avenue. Mr. Kah is a man of quiettastes and is identified fraternally with but one organization, theKnights of Pythias.




  Louis Kah, Jr.
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 821
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

LOUIS KAH, JR.
     who is second vice-president of the ShelbyCounty Building and Loan Association, at Sidney, Ohio, and a directorof the same and practically its first promoter, belongs to one of thestable old families of the county, of German extraction. He was born ona farm in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, ten miles north of Sidney,Ohio, September 21, 1855, and is a son of George and Dorothy (Zimpfer)Kah.
     George Kah and wife were born in Germany andthe latter was only three years old when her parents came to the UnitedStates and located sixteen miles east of Columbus, Ohio. When she waseight years old they came to Shelby county and settled on land east ofAnna, where her father, Jacob Zimpfer, secured land. Mrs. Kah stillsurvives, but Mr. Kah died at Sidney, to which place they moved in1864, and there he carried on a shoe business until the close of hislife.
     Louis Kah, Jr., attended the public schools ofSidney and afterward assisted his uncle, Louis Kah, Sr., for whom hewas named, in conducting a general store at Anna. After returning toSidney and finding no business opening that was satisfactory, heaccepted a position as bookkeeper in a town in Georgia, where heremained for two years when he again returned to his home in Sidney.Here, in 1880, he embarked in the tin and hardware line in which hecontinued for nine years, in the meanwhile becoming interested in theelectric lighting business. His enterprise and public spirit inducedhim to purchase a site across the river where he installed an electriclight and water plant, in 1900, which was of the greatest utility andwas known under his name. Mr. Kah subsequently sold the same to theSidney Electric Light Company, since which time he has been somewhatretired. It was largely through his efforts that the business men ofSidney became interested in the papers to secure subscribers. Thecompany was organized in December, organization of the building andloan company which has developed into so important a business factorhere, Mr. Kah personally presenting the first 1895, and began businessin the Metcalf building, removing in 1901 to a fine modern structure oftheir own.
     In 1876 Mr. Kah was married to Miss AlfarettaE. Anderson, who is a daughter of William H. Anderson, of Sidney, andthey have six children, namely: Harland Edward, who is connected in abusiness way with the Sidney Building and Loan Association: Ralph C.,who is assistant secretary of the above organization; Julia; Carrie,who is the wife of R. M. Moore, lives in Tennessee; William H., who isa watchmaker by trade: and D. C., whose business interests areconnected with wall paper at Sidney. Mr. Kah is a leading member of theSidney Commercial Club.


Joseph Kaiser
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 812
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOSEPH KAISER
     one of the representative men of Cynthiantownship; Shelby county, O., resides two and a half miles south andone-half mile west of Fort Loramie, where he owns 136 acres of wellimproved, valuable land. He was born in Auglaize county, O., northwestof Minster, December 26, 1858, and is a son of Theodore and Elizabeth(Stegemann) Kaiser.
     Theodore arid Elizabeth Kaiser, parents ofJoseph Kaiser, were natives of Germany, he having been born inHersbruck, Prussia, March 25, 1805, and Mrs. Kaiser at Handorf,Westphalen, March 19, 1822. Several years after his father died,Theodore Kaiser came to the United States with his mother and hisbrother, and the latter's family. They arrived in Glandorf, Putnamcounty, O., August 14, 1836, where they stayed more than a year, thenmoved to Minster, Auglaize county, O. Theodore Kaiser then helped todig the Miami and Erie canal. Elizabeth Kaiser came to the UnitedStates with her parents, her grandmother, three sisters and onebrother, in 1836. They passed through Cincinnati, O., on their way toMinster, Auglaize county, and Elizabeth, with her next-oldest sisterremained in Cincinnati to work, as their parents were not financiallyable to take their whole family to Minster. They remained there a fewyears, then also moved to Minster where they gave their parents help ontheir rented farm. Theodore Kaiser was married at Minster to ElizabethStegemann, in 1840, and they made their home on a farm two and one-halfmiles northwest from Minster, O., now in possession of their son, JohnKaiser. At the time of their marriage, they had but a part of the farmas it now is, later adding to it until it consisted of 100 acres. Theybecame parents of the following children: Henry; William; Bernard;Mary; Anna; Mary; John; Joseph; Frank; and Anton. Of these children:William and the two named Mary died in infancy and were buried in theSt. Augustinus Catholic graveyard at Minster; and Henry, who died onhis farm about one and one-half miles northwest of Chickasaw, Mercercounty, O., January 29, 1892, aged forty-nine years, six months andtwenty-seven days and was buried in St. Sebastian's graveyard. TheodoreKaiser, father of the subject of this sketch, died on his farm. August30, 1880, aged seventy-five years, four months and five days. His widowremained on the home farm a few years, then went to the home of herson, Frank Kaiser, about oneand a half miles southeast from Sharpsburg, Darke county, O., where shedied on July 12, 1908, aged eighty-six years, three months andtwenty-three days. Theodore Kaiser and his wife were laid to rest inSt. Augustinus Catholic graveyard at Minster. They were good,wholesouled, kind-hearted people, and were devout members of theCatholic church at Minster. The mother of Theodore Kaiser, both parentsof Elizabeth Kaiser and her grandmother also died in Minster, and wereburied in St. Augustinus Catholic graveyard at that place.
     Joseph Kaiser attended school in boyhood atMinster, O., and afterward gave his father help on the farm. After thefather's death, the mother, by will, gave the farm to her son Joseph,it being the farm he now owns in Cynthian township, his father havingpurchased the same before his death. It was partly improved at thattime and its present owner has remodeled the farmhouse and repaired allthe other farm buildings, making the place comfortable and attractive.All of his land is under cultivation except twenty-eight acres yet intimber and, with all of it well watered by the canal and Loramie creek,he finds it well adapted to both crop and stock-raising.
     Joseph Kaiser was united in marriage with MissMary Housfeld, February, 16, 1887, in St. Peter and St. Paul's Catholicchurch at Newport, Shelby county, O., by Rev. Father Nicolous Poirey.Mary Housfeld was born July 7, 1865, near Minster, Auglaize county, O.,and is a daughter of Joseph and Caroline Housfeld. Her parents wereboth natives of Auglaize county, O., he having been born in 1837 andhis wife on January 28, 1846. He died on the farm on which he was born,the date of his death being March 11, 1881, when aged forty-four years,and he was buried in St. Augustinus Catholic graveyard. He was always adevout member of the Catholic church at Minster. Mr. and Mrs. Housfeldhad the following children: John, Mary,Caroline, Joseph. Henry, Elizabeth, Bernard, Clemens and Rosa. Of thesechildren, all survive except: Clemens, who died in infancy; John, whodied in Cincinnati on September 4, 1900, aged thirty-six years, sevenmonths and ten-days; and Henry, who died at St. Mary's, O., on November25, 1912; aged forty-one years, eleven months and twenty-five days. Thelast named and Clemens were buried in St. Augustinus Catholicgraveyard, and John was buried in a Catholic cemetery at Cincinnati, O.
     Joseph and Mary Kaiser became parents of thefollowing children: Cecelia, Elizabeth, Louis, Mary, Julia, Paulina,August, Amelia, Rosa and Emma. All were born on the home farm and allare living but August, who died June 11, 1901, aged two years, fivemonths and twenty-three days; and Amelia, who died December 30, 1900,aged fourteen days. They were both buried in St. Michael's Catholicgraveyard at Fort Loramie. Mr. Kaiser and family belong to St.Michael's Catholic church at Ft. Loramie. Mr. Kaiser is a democrat.


Jonas Kauffman
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 517
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JONAS KAUFFMAN
     who is now pleasantly situated at Sidney,O.,  occupying his comfortable residence at No. 605 South Ohioavenue, is a retired  farmer and still retains the ownership ofhis valuable farm of seventy-seven  acres lying in Clintontownship, not far from the location of the Shelby County Infirmary. Hewas born in Mifflin county, Pa., April 4, 1846, and is a son ofChristian and Catherine Kauffman, both of whom died in Pennsylvania.
     Jonas Kauffman had district school advantagesin boyhood and remained on the home farm until 1865, starting out forhimself at the age of twenty-one years. For four years afterward heworked on the farms of agriculturists in Juniata county, Pa., and fromthere went to Wayne county, O. He worked there for a short time as afarm hand and then enlisted for a period of six months is a governmentemploye, which he passed at Little Rock, Ark., and from there came toShelby county. For several years afterward Mr. Kauffman worked atdifferent things, during the summers mainly on farms and in the wintertime finding teaming and other kinds of labor ready at hand for any onewilling to exercise self denial and muscle. After marriage he and wifewent to housekeeping at Sidney for a time, while he was employed in abrick yard, but Mr. Kauffman preferred farm life and they soon wentinto the country and there he acquired tracts of valuable land. Fortwenty-five years he and wife lived on their farm of 156 acres,situated in Cynthian township, west of Sidney, after which Mr. Kauffmantraded that farm for his present one of seventy-seven acres, receivingalso $4,500 additional in cash. In 1901 Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman came totheir present home at Sidney, where they are well known and highlyrespected people.
     In the spring of 1866 Mr. Kauffman was marriedto Miss Elizabeth King, who was born in Berks county, Pa., a daughterof Michael King. She was six years old when her parents settled inClinton township, Shelby county, where they had a farm of 142 acres,which Mr. Kauffman subsequently owned and then sold to WilliamKingseed. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman have two children : Adam Francis, whois a farmer in Miami county, O.; and Nora, who
lives with her parents. The family belongs to the Christian church.


John H. Kemp
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 496
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN H. KEMP
     one of-the substantial farmers of Perrytownship, who resides on his forty-acre tract and owns a second farmcontaining ninety-five acres, both in Perry township, was born in Salemtownship, Shelby county, January 29, 1855. He is a son of Henry andEliza J. (Gray) Kemp.
     After his school days, which were spent in thedistrict schools of Salem township, John H. Kemp started out to takecare of himself. Possessing industry and good Judgment, he easily foundemployment as a farm hand and as he prudently saved his money he wassoon enabled to buy land, his first investment being the forty acres onwhich he resides, this purchase being made in 1894. Here he has placedmany improvements, including a commodious and comfortable residence anda substantial barn and other farm buildings. His second farm hepurchased at a sheriff's sale, in 1908. Mr. Kemp no longer is an activefanner, having practically retired. The larger number of his brothersand sisters live in this county, he being the second born of hisparents' children. The others were: Phoebe Jane, who married twice,first.  Frank Armstrong, and second, Jonathan Henman; Mary, who isdeceased, was the wife of John Stiles; Louvina, who married (first)William Winsor, (second) William Beerline; and George C, Emmanuel E.and Samuel N.
     On August 9, 1881, Mr. Kemp was married toMiss Anna DeWeese, a daughter of J. D. and Lydia (Kiser) DeWeese, whowere early settlers in Shelby county. To Mr. and Mrs. DeWeese thefollowing children were born: D. K.; Benjamin and Thomas, both of whomare deceased; Anna; Samantha, who is deceased, was the wife of Mack VanDemark; Therza, who is the wife of A. N. Stephenson; Jethro M.; Cora,who is the wife of Isaac Green; and James. Mr. and Mrs. Kemp have anadopted son, Albert W., who was born September 8, 1907, to whom everyeducational advantage will be given and whose future is well assured ifhe develops, as now promises, into a youth of fine character and ofmore than ordinary intellect. Mr. and Mrs.Kemp attend the Baptist church at Pemberton, 0. Politically Mr. Kemp isa republican and for fourteen years he served as a trustee of Perrytownship. For six years he filled the responsible position ofsuperintendent of the Children's Home in Shelby county and during thistime his wife was the matron, their administration being marked byefficiency. Mr. Kemp belongs to the Knights of Pythias and attends thelodge at De Graff, O.


O.L. Kerr
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 644
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

O. L. KERR
     who has held the office of postmaster atHouston, O., since Jane, 1902, and is also ticket agent of the Big Fourrailroad at that place, was born in Northwood. Logan county, O., July20, 1868, a son of D. P. and Charlotte E. (Carter) Kerr. Both hisparents were natives of Logan county, the mothers family residing atHuntsville, O., and in that county they were married. Mrs. D. P. Kerrwas a daughter of K. G. and Nancy A. (Cooper) Carter; her father, K. G.Carter, who came from Virginia, died at Cherokee, Logan county, thisstate.. Her mother, Nancy A. (Cooper) Carter, the maternal grandmotherof O. L. Kerr, died at Huntsville, Logan county.
     Mr. Kerr's parents resided for a short time atBellefontaine, in Logan county, from which place they removed toNorthwood in the same county, and then to Harper, also in that county,where D. P. Kerr was engaged for some time in mercantile business.Afterwards he carried on the same business at Big Springs, Logancounty, O., and was postmaster there for a number of years. He nextmoved to Alvada, O., and after a short stay came back to Logan county,settling at Wharton, where he conducted, a store. This he subsequentlysold and taking up his residence again in Bellefontaine, spent the restof his days in that place, where he died August 3, 1910, at the age ofseventy-three years and one month. He was buried in the old Harrodcemetery, near Huntsville, O. He was married to Charlotte E. CarterSeptember 15, 1864. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterianchurch, and at one time he studied for the ministry but was obliged torelinquish his studies on account of poor health. He was a republicanin politics and while a resident of Bellefontaine, served as assessorof his ward. He and his wife were the parents of two children: Minnie,who died in infancy, and O. L., the subject of this sketch.
     O. L. Kerr in his boyhood attended school atHarper and Big Springs, O., and then attended the Agosta Normal Schoolat Agosta, Marion county, O. He then began business life as clerk inhis father's store. He later began the study of telegraphy in theemploy of the old "Bee line" and a year later was taken on as extraagent. In April, 1890, he was made station agent at Houston for the BigFour, formerly the old "Bee Line," which position he has since held.having performed his duties in a manner satisfactory to the company. Heis a member of the I. O. O. F., Piqua Lodge, No. 8, of the O. R. T. Heis a member of the Presbyterian church, in which he holds the office ofdeacon and clerk. In politics he is a republican, as was his father.
     O. L. Kerr was married August 22, 1893, toMary P. Ginn, who was born west of Fort Loramie, O., March 9, 1875, adaughter of John and Ella A. (Wilson) Ginn, of McLean township, who arenow residents of Houston, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Kerr have hadchildren as follows: Paul Ginn, born August 9, 1895, who died July 24,1896, and is buried in Houston cemetery; Dean Burwell, born September18, 1898, who is now a pupil in the eighth grade of the Houston school;Dale Wilson, born August 2, 1902, who is in the fifth grade of the sameschool; and VestaAgnes, born October 27, 1905, who is in the second grade, Houstonspecial school district. Mr. and Mrs. Kerr have resided in Houstonsince their marriage, where they have many friends. Mrs. Kerr is amember of the Presbyterian church, and an active member of the W. C. T.U., being president of the local branch.


Julius W.C. Kettler
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 858
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JULIUS W. C. KETTLER
     a well known citizen and retired farmer,residing in Kettlersville, Van Buren township, was born in New Bremen,Auglaize county, O., in 1852, a son of William and Minnie (Donnerberg)Kettler. His parents were natives of Germany who came to America in theforties of the 19th century. Their family consisted of three children:Sophia, Matilda, and Julius W. C.   Sophia, who became thewife of August Mauer, resides in Kettlersville, this county; Matildamarried William Tangeman and resides in the state of Iowa.
     The subject of this sketch was educated in theschools of New Bremen, O., and after his school days were over obtaineda position as clerk in a hardware store, subsequently working for awhile in a dry goods store. He then took a trip to Germany, and afterhis return was associated with his father in the store for three years.He then engaged in agriculture and was so occupied for a period of 34years, from 1875 to 1909, at the end of which time, having amassed afair competence, he retired and took up his residence in the village ofKettlersville. He owns a good farm of 150 acres and some favorablysituated town property besides 22 lots within the corporation.
     Mr. Kettler and wife Maria have been theparents of six children, namely: Clara, Mahala, Amelia, Laura, Emma andHerbert. Clara, who married William Mauer, resides inKettlersville.  She is the mother of twin sons, Vernon and Ernest.Mahala married W. Breidweiser, and they reside in New Bremen. She hastwo children, Glenna, who is attending high school, and Oran, at home.Amelia is the wife of Aerny Tangeman and resides on her father's farm.She has two children, Marie and Helen. Laura married William Webber andlives in Lima, O. Emma is the wife of G. R. Brandt and lives in Dayton.She has one child, Carl. Herbert is a student at Ohio State University,Columbus.
     Mr. Kettler is a Democrat in politics andserved as township clerk for a period of fourteen years. He was alsovillage clerk for four years. A member of the Lutheran church, he hasacted as a trustee, secretary, and elder for years. He is a man highlyrespected throughout this part of the township.


David R. Key
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 750
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

DAVID R. KEY
     whose fine farm of 122 acres lies in Perrytownship and adjoins the old homestead on which, he was born inOctober, 1858, is one of the well-known men of this section and arepresentative of one of the old and sturdy families of Shelby county.He is a son of John and Anna (Rhinehart) Key and a grandson of JohnKey. Grandfather Key was born in Virginia in 1781 and about 1800 cameto Ohio, settling in Montgomery county, where he died fifteen yearslater. He left a widow and five children, a son, John, being born sixmonths after his death.
     John Key, father of David R. Key, was bom inMontgomery county, O., in 1816 and remained in Montgomery county withhis mother until 1836 and then came to Shelby county, but returned toMontgomery county one year later and lived there until 1840, when heagain came to Shelby county and rented land for several years, savinghis money, and then buying more land. He had but fifty dollars when hecame here the first time, and this money he invested in land, enteringforty acres in Jackson township and later, through industry, thrift andgood judgment, securing the means to enter 160 acres in Indiana. Thatland he subsequently traded for eighty acres in Shelby county and tothat tract he later added until his farm contained 240 acres. Heimproved all that land together with 300 acres in Perry township, 140acres
in Champaign county, and also acquired realty at Sidney andMillerstown. He at one time owned 983 acres in tills and Champaigncounty. His first marriage was in 1841, to Lillie Lucas, who, at death,left two sons: John H. and Norman. In 1847 he married Anna Rhinehartfor his second wife and seven children were born to them: Amanda,Rachel, Elizabeth, Jane, David R. Sherman and Orlando B.
     David R. Key attended the district schoolsthrough boyhood and then assisted his father and thus gained a verypractical knowledge of farming. He has always been engaged inagricultural pursuits and for some years in the past dealt in stock butnow confines himself to a general farming line and the raising of stockfor home use only.
     In 1883 Mr. Key was married to Miss Maggie M.Heffner, a daughter of William and Sarah (Sargent) Heffner. The fatherof Mrs. Key was a soldier in the Civil war and there lost his life, andher mother died while she was a child. The other members of herparents' family were: Mary, wife of William McLean; Jasel, deceased;David L.; George and William, Mrs. Key being the youngest of thefamily. To Mr. and Mrs. Key four children have been born: Grace, who isthe wife of L. E. Ranck; Mary Robinson; and Maurice H., who are twins;and Laura Murriel. The family attends the Methodist Episcopal church.Mr. Key is a republican in politics but has never been willing toaccept public office.


Orlando Burton Key
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 706
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

ORLANDO BURTON KEY
     who is one of the well known and substantialmen of Perry township, a stockholder in the Fanners Telephone Companyand the owner of 120 acres of well developed land, was born on thisfarm, the old Key homestead, in Shelby county, O., May 25, 1870, and isa son of John and Anna (Rinehart) Key.
     John Key, father of Orlando B. Key, was a sonof John Key, who was born in Virginia in 1781 and came to Montgomerycounty, O., in 1800, where he died in 1815, leaving his wife with fourchildren, although the youngest, John, was not bom until 1816, sixmonths after the father's death. His mother remained in Montgomerycounty until 1836, when she came with him to Shelby county and theylived about one year in Jackson township and then went back toMontgomery county, where he lived until 1840, after which he livedcontinuously in Shelby county. In 1841 occurred his first marriage, toNewlillie Lucas, who died in July, 1846, leaving two children, Normanand John H. In 1847 John Key married Anna Rinehart and seven childrenwere bom to them: Amanda, wife of William DeWeese; Rachel, wife of Dr.D. N. Whitmire; Margaret Elizabeth, wife of John Maxwell; Martha Jane,wife of Frank Marrs; David R.: Thomas Levi, who died aged two years;Abraham Sherman; and Orlando B.
     When John Key came to Shelby county he hadfifty dollars as his sole capital and with this sum he entered fortyacres of land in Jackson township, then went to work by the day andmonth and kept on until he had saved one hundred dollars, with which heentered eighty acres of land in Indiana. He kept on working and saving,and after accumulating another one hundred dollars entered anothertract of land in Indiana and afterward traded his Indiana land foreighty acres in the woods of Shelby county. The latter place he thencleared and improved and later added two other eighty-acre tracts,making his home place consist of 240 acres. Here he erected a soundbrick dwelling house and kept on improving his land in every way,subsequently, through his industry and good judgment acquiring otherfarm land and valued real estate in Sidney and Millerstown.
     Orlando B. Key attended the public schools inPerry township and afterward took a business course in a commercialcollege at Dayton, O., following which he spent three years in thewestern states. Finding no section of the country more satisfactorythan his own. Mr. Key then returned to Shelby county and has ever sincebeen engaged in farming and stock raising in Perry township. He is anindependent voter in politics and has never accepted any public officeexcept once when he was appointed a member of the local school board.
     In 1895 Mr. Key was married to Miss BessieStockstill, a daughter of John P. and Mary (Miller) Stockstill. Inearly manhood the father of Mrs. Key followed the trades of tinner andcarpenter but later became a fanner in Shelby county. He was twicemarried, first to Mary Miller and second to Jennie Varner. To the firstunion two children were born: Carrie, who died young, and Bessie, whobecame the wife of Mr. Key, Two children were born to the secondmarriage: Newton and Varner. Three children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Key: Fred Miller, John Otis and Max Allan.Mr. and Mrs. Key attend the United Brethren church at Pascoe, O. He is identified fraternally with the Masonic lodge at Port Jeffersonand also the Odd Fellows and is a member of the Encampment at Sidney, O.


George Kies
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 676
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

GEORGE KIES
     who successfully carries on general farmingand stock raising in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, O., owns anexcellent farm of 160 acres, situated two and
one-half miles southeast of Botkins, was born in this township and is ason of Michael and Frederica (Seamans) Kies.
     The parents of Mr. Kies were bom in Germanyand in their native land and afterward, in the United States, werehighly respected people. They were the parents of the followingchildren: Adam, Henry, Mary, Anna, John, Sophia, George and Catherine.Adam married Ann Shuler, and they live at Botkins, O. Henry marriedLouisa Groves and they live three miles from Botkins. Mary marriedJacob Elsass of Auglaize county, O.  Anna married David Rheinhartand they live also in Auglaize county. John, who died at the age offifty-seven years, married Caroline Groves. Sophia is deceased.Catherine is the widow of Louis Zeble and lives at Wapakoneta, O.
     George Kies attended the public schools inDinsmore township and ever since, with the exception of twelve years,has followed farming. He owns a beautiful property which is kept in thebest of condition, his buildings being attractive and substantial andall his industries are carried on according to the latest methods. Invisiting a model farm like Mr. Kies it is easy to see why an Ohioagriculturist may be classed with the most independent and contented ofmen. Productive fields, bountiful orchards, healthy cattle and stock,abundance in every direction, with order and comfort reigning in thehome, this presents a pleasant picture.
     Mr. Kies was married first to Miss CarolineWilt, and they had two children, Emma Elizabeth and Martha M. Thelatter died in infancy. Emma Elizabeth married George Elsass and theylive in Auglaize county and have three children: Edna, Amelia andLeona. Mr. Kies' second marriage was to Miss Maggie Meyers, a daughterof Casper and Margaret Meyers. Mrs. Kies had two brothers. Henry andJohn, the former of whom is deceased and the latter lives at Portland,Ind. Mr. Kies and wife belong to the Lutheran church, in which he hasbeen a trustee for a number of years and of which he is a liberalsupporter.


John Charles Fremont Kiggins
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 479
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN CHARLES FREMONT KIGGINS
     who is a retired farmer, since 1905 has been aresident of Sidney, O., where he is well known and highly respected andwas bom in Shelby county,O.September 3, 1855, on a farm of forty acres,the old home place, situated in Orange township, which he disposed ofat the time of retirement from active life. He is a son of John Robertand Same Ann (McCloskey) Kiggins. John Robert Kiggins was born in Miamicounty, O., and was a son of Robert Kiggins, who was a native ofIreland. After marriage John Robert Kiggins came to Orange township andsettled on the above mentioned farm and continued to reside there untilhis death in 1898.
     John C. F. Kiggins was reared on the home farmand spent forty-nine years there, all his life practically until 1905,with the exception of five years following his marriage, when he rentedland. When he contracted to purchase the homestead he had no capital,but afterward he developed a large amount, of business sagacity whichnot only enabled him to honestly clear off this indebtedness but alsoto make other wise investments. At one time he owned a farm ofseventy-two acres, situated in Logan county, which property he sold oneyear later to great advantage. Another farm of eighty acres, located inJackson township, near Jackson Center, he owned for three years andthen sold at a much higher price than he had paid, the difference beingbetween $85 and $117 per acre. Mr. Kiggins then went on a prospectingtour to Houston, Tex., and in that vicinity bought 320 acres, paying$38 per acre, which he held for an advance in price, and recently soldone-half of the tract for $45 per acre, still retaining the rest of theland. Still later he purchased twenty acres, for a town site, paying$250 an acre, and this valuable property he still holds. When hedecided to retire and move to Sidney, he bought his fine residence onSouth Miami avenue and began to consider propositions for the sale ofhis homestead, on which he had made excellent improvements. When hefinally disposed of the forty acres he received what was regarded as arecord price, $150 an acre. That the land is worth that and still morehas been evidenced by a still later change of owners, ,the lastpurchaser paying $175 per acre, this giving a pretty fair idea of thegeneral value of Shelby county farm land when it has been properlydeveloped.
     In the fall of 1884, Mr. Kiggins was marriedto Miss Laura Ella Cozier, who was bom at Piqua, O., a daughter ofTheodore Cozier. Mr. Cozier and family lived at Piqua until Mrs.Kiggins was sixteen years of-age, when he traded his city property fora farm in Green township, Shelby county. Mr. and Mrs. Kiggins aremembers of the First Baptist church at Sidney, in which he is a deacon.He has been identified with the order of Odd Fellows for many years.



Wilber E. Kilborn
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 425
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

WILBER E. KILBORN
     one of the representative and substantialbusiness men of Sidney, O., treasurer and general manager of theAmerican Steel Scraper Company, an important enterprise of this city,was born near Benson, Vt., a son of Edson S. and Martha J. (Wright)Kilborn.
     The parents of Mr. Kilborn came to Shelbycounty when the latter was eight years old, and later moved to a farmwest of Lincoln, Neb. The father engaged in farming and there bothparents died and three children survive: Wilber E.; Mrs. Lydia Funk,residing at Milford, Neb.; and Henry S., a farmer in Hamilton county,Neb.
     Wilber E. Kilborn attended the public schoolsat Sidney, and afterward, for several years, taught school. In 1875 hebecame cashier of the Citizens Bank and continued until 1881, when heleft in order to become manager of the American Steel Scraper Company,of Sidney, and ever since has remained interested in the same businessway. a reliable, honorable, conservative factor in the city's life.
     Mr. Kilborn married Miss Anna Hendershott, adaughter of George W. Hendershott, an old resident of Sidney, and theyhave two surviving children: Helen M., who is the wife of Joseph Hagan,of Toledo; O.; and Ruth, who is a student at Smith College,Northampton, Mass. Mr. Kilborn and family are members of the MethodistEpiscopal, church. In his political views he is a republican, and he isan active member of the Commercial Club. In 1912 he erected hishandsome residence on North Ohio avenue.


Joseph Oscar King
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 460
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOSEPH OSCAR KING
     one of the busy and successful general farmersof Clinton township, Shelby county, O., who operates his mother's farmof ninety-four acres, was born in this township, January 4, 1875, andis a son of David M. and Leah (Kauffman) King.
     David M. King was born in Mifflin county, Pa.,and came to Ohio when a young man. Here he followed farming all hislife dying September 21, 1911, and was a well known and highlyrespected man, a leading member of the Brethren church. He married LeahKauffman, who was born also in Mifflin county, Pa., and still resideson her farm in Clinton township. To David M. King and wife thefollowing children were born: Alice K., who is the widow of NicholasKauffman; Rebecca, who is the wife of George Davis: Sadie, who is thewife of Walter Parcher; Joseph Oscar; Ida, who is the wife of HarryTennery: and Amanda, who is the wife of Charles Miltenberger.
     Joseph Oscar King obtained a common schooleducation and since putting aside his books has devoted himselfexclusively to farming and stock raising. The home farm is a valuableproperty and under his excellent management is very productive. Hetakes a good citizen's interest in public matters, votes, therepublican ticket and at present is a school director.
     In 1898 Mr. King was married to Miss DoraTheuer, a daughter of Martin and Anna Theurer. Mrs. Theurer waspreviously married but her three children, Henry, Charles and Dora,were born to her second union. Mr. and Mrs. King have two children:Helen and Melvin. The family, including the beloved mother, belong tothe Brethren church.


Prof. Webster King
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 652
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

PROF. WEBSTER C. KING
     superintendent of schools of Botkins, O., isone of the younger educators of the state and through scholarship andexecutive ability of a high order, has reached a very prominentposition as a teacher. He was born on a farm in Montgomery county, O.,June 15, 1884, and is a son of Adam F. and Rose E. (Goode) King.
     In 1888 the parents of Mr. King moved toShelby county, locating for a short time at Sidney, and then moved tothe old Dr. Silver farm in Clinton township, where they resided for anumber of years. Subsequently they lived on a farm in Orange townshipand then moved to Port Jefferson.
     Webster C. King attended the public schools,rural and village, and afterward taught school for seven years, firstin Salem township and then in Logan county, and after satisfyinghimself that a career as an educator would be a congenial one, heentered the Ohio Northern University and there thoroughly preparedhimself. Since completing his course there he has taught in differenthigh schools and prior to coming to Botkins in 1910 he taught for threeyears at Lake View, in Logan county. Under his superintendence theschools of Botkins have made marked advances and he not only has wonthe confidence of the pupils but the respect and cooperation of histeachers and the public.
     In 1907 Mr. King was married to Miss CoraNettleship of Port Jefferson, a daughter of A. L. Nettleship, and theyhave one child, Maurice. They are members of the Methodist Episcopalchurch. He is identified with the Odd Fellows and is more or lessinterested in various educational organizations in different parts ofOhio


Christian Kirsch
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 457
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

CHRISTIAN KIRSCH
     postmaster at Fort Loramie, O., is arepresentative citizen of this town, of which he has been a residentfor forty-two consecutive years. He was born at Troy, in Concordtownship, Miami county, O., May 1, 1848, and is a son of John andChristina Kirsch.
     John Kirsch was bom in Hessen, Germany, whilehis wife was a native of Hanover. About 1855 they moved from Miamicounty, O., where they had first settled after coming from Germany, andafterward lived in McLean township until their death, when agedrespectively seventy and seventy-six years. They were faithful membersof St. Michael's Catholic church and were buried in the cemeteryadjoining the same. They were well known and highly respected people.
     During boyhood Christian Kirsch attendedschool when his father could spare him and then learned the carpentertrade, beginning work in 1867 and continuing busy at his trade forforty-two years, coming to Fort Loramie in 1876, where he served as thefirst town marshal. He has been active in democratic politics and forsixteen years served uninterruptedly as a trustee of McLean townshipand many times has served usefully and discreetly as a member of thetown council. It is through the efforts of such men as Mr. Kirsch thatcommunities prosper for they take an interest in the progress of thetown and are the agitators who bring about many useful improvements.
For twenty-nine years Mr. Kirsch has been a member of the volunteerfire company and one of its early organizers. As postmaster Mr. Kirschhas served acceptably since his appointment September 6, 1967, thisbeing a fourth class office, with one rural delivery route.
     Mr. Kirsch was married to Miss Rachel Meyers,who was born at Fort Loramie, O., and is a daughter of Lucas and OtildaMeyers, both of whom are deceased. Ten children have been born to Mr.and Mrs. Kirsch, four of whom died in infancy. The survivors are:Bernard, who resides at Hamilton, O.; Albert, who resides at Dayton,O.; Adaline, who lives at Minster, in Auglaize county, O.; Anna, who isher father's capable assistant in the post office, at Fort Loramie;Christian, who is a resident of Troy, O.; and Carl, who lives atHamilton, O.  Mr. Kirsch and family are members of St. Michael'sCatholic church.



Elmer D. Kiser
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 794
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

ELMER D. KISER
     who is serving Shelby county most efficientlyin the office of county treasurer, is one of the representativecitizens of Sidney. He was born on the home farm in Miami county,O.,not far from Fletcher, May 8, 1868, and is a son of B. L. and Mary AnnKiser.
     For many years B. L. Kiser was a farmer inMiami county and his death occurred Just prior to his son's removal toSidney, his decease being induced to some degree from the ravages ofdisease contracted while he was loyally serving as a soldier during theCivil war. He enlisted in 1861 in Company E, Seventy-first OhioVolunteer Infantry, and served out his first enlistment, thenreenlisted and continued until the close of the war, in the meanwhiletaking part in all the important battles in the western army. Hisfamily consisted of three sons and one daughter: Elmer D.; F. D., whois a practicing physician at Casstown, O.; I. C., for .a number ofyears a physician at Fletcher, in November, 1912, was elected to theOhio State Senate; andMinnie, who is a resident of Piqua.
     Elmer D. Kiser had only common schooladvantages in his youth. For some years his father was in an invalidedcondition, and, as he was the eldest son, many responsibilities earlyfell on his shoulders. Later on the other two younger brothers weresent to college and both became physicians. Elmer D. Kiser, however,did not profit in this way. His inclinations were directed by a verypractical mind and after coming to Sidney, in 1895, he sought abusiness opening and after working in one of the manufacturing plantsfor a short time, opened a butcher shop and continued a dealer in meatsuntil his election to his present responsible office, in the fall of1910, to which, in November, 1912, he was reelected by the largest votereceived by any candidate in Shelby county. Mr. Kiser is a prominentfactor in the democratic party in this section of the state. He haslong been recognized as an upright citizen and public approval has beengiven of his management of the county finances. To the management ofpublic matters he has applied the sound business principles that he hasfound secures the best results in his own affairs.
     Mr. Kiser was married in 1888, to Miss Lulu D.Bird, a daughter of S. R. and Celina J. Bird. Mrs. Kiser was born andreared on a farm in Green township, Shelby county, but her parentsmoved to Sidney in 1894 and here her father died in the following year.Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Kiser: Dale, who died atthe age of sixteen years; John B., who continues his father's meatmarket at Sidney; and Hilda L., who lives at home. Mr. Kiser is wellknown and valued in fraternal circles, having membership with theMasons, the Odd Fellows, lower branch and Encampment, the Knights ofPythias and the Red Men.


John M. Klase
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 835
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN M. KLASE
     one of the well-known and busy men of Loramietownship, Shelby county, O., who not only carries on farming but alsois in the general contracting line, was born in Darke county, O., May23, 1864, and was reared and educated there.
     John M. Klase continued to live in his nativecounty until he was twenty-six years old, when he married and came toShelby county and settled on his present finely improved farm of eightyacres and with the exception of one year passed at Versailles, O., whenhe conducted a butcher shop, he has resided here. This land isparticularly well adapted to raising stock and Mr. Klase paysconsiderable attention to that profitable industry.  He is ageneral contractor in brick and cement work and in this line does avery considerable amount of business annually. He takes only a goodcitizen's interest in politics, keeping thoroughly posted but notdesiring office for himself, and always votes the democratic ticket.His farm is easily reached on account of its favorable location, lyingthree miles southwest of Houston.
     Mr. Klase married Miss Lizzie A. Johnston, whowas born and reared in Loramie township, and they have four children:James, Joseph, Leonard and Mary. Mr. Klase belongs to the Odd Fellow'slodge at Greenville and to the encampment at Sidney, O.


William Klipstine
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 446
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

WILLIAM KLIPSTINE
     a representative business man of Sidney, O., adealer in lumber, coal and building materials, with office and yards onSouth Walnut street, has been a resident of this city for more than tenyears, but his birth took place in Darke county, O., March 13, 1867,and he is a son of William and Louisa Klipstine, both of whom were bornin Germany.
     The Klipstine family was founded in America byWilliam Klipstine, the grandfather, who came to Ohio and purchased afarm in Darke county when his son William was a child. The maternalgrandfather, William Haack, also came from Germany and purchased landin Darke county, and on the above farms the parents of WilliamKlipstine, of Sidney, were reared, together attended the districtschools and subsequently married.  They reared a family of threesons and one daughter and both are now deceased, the father passingaway in 1894, when aged sixty-seven years. The mother survived untilthe fall of 1909, her age being seventy-eight years. Their childrenwere: Louis, who is connected with the Peoples Bank at Versailles, O.;Caroline, who is the wife of George H. Worch of Versailles ; William;and Amos, who is a farmer residing on the old homestead near Versailles.
     William Klipstine attended the public schoolsin the vicinity of his father's farm and later the Versailles highschool, and remained engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1889, whenhe went to Quincy, Logan county, O., where he engaged in the lumberbusiness until 1901, when he came to Sidney as manager of the lumberbusiness of his brother-in-law, George H. Worch, which business hesubsequently purchased.  Mr. Klipstine operates a planing mill anddeals in all kinds and grades of merchantable lumber and builderssupplies, including hardware, paints and wire fencing, and has acommodious and expensive plant, in 1909 erecting his mill, office andstorage room. Constant employment is afforded for from ten to twelvemen and the business may be included with the very prosperous ones ofthe city.
     In 1889 Mr. Klipstine was married to Miss MaryGrove, a daughter of Hiram Grove, of Perry county, O., and they have ahappy family of six children, evenly divided, as follows: Roy, Charles,Ruth, Caroline, William and Mary. The eldest daughter possesses greatartistic talent and it is being cultivated at Roanoke College, Roanoke,Va. Mr. Klipstine and family belong to St. John's Evangelical Lutheranchurch, at Sidney. Fraternally he is identified with the Elks and theKnights of Pythias. In politics he is a democrat and has served twoterms as a member of the city council, during which period his soundbusiness judgment frequently assisted in the solving of civic problemsof importance.


Herman Kloeker
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 637
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

HERMAN KLOEKER
     whose well-improved farm of 120 acres lies insection 7, McLean township, one-half mile south of Fort Loramie, is oneof the well-known and highly respected residents of this section. Hewas born May 1, 1850, at Covington, Ky., and is a son of Herman Henryand Anna Mary Gertrude (Krutzman) Kloeker.
     The parents of Mr. Kloeker were natives ofGermany and in 1848 set sail for America. They had a family of sevenchildren. Two of these died at sea and later two more died atCovington, where the family lived for a time. Henry Kloeker died twoyears ago. Two sons still live: Herman and Ferdinand. Herman HenryKloeker settled on a farm of fifty acres in Jackson, township, Auglaizecounty, when he came first to Ohio, purchasing the same and living onit for twelve years, in 1863 moving to McLean township, Shelby county.At that time the present homestead was almost all timberland and itrequired much hard labor to place it under cultivation and reapprofitably for the effort expended. He served creditably as a Unionsoldier during the Civil war. He lived to the age of sixty-two yearsand his widow to the age of sixty-nine years. They were laid to rest inSt. Michael's church cemetery, both having been devoted members of thatchurch. While living in Auglaize county he served as school directorbut never accepted any office in Shelby county.
    Herman Kloeker obtained his education in the Egyptschools in Auglaize county and then helped his father, and when thelatter died, took charge of the farm which is now his property. He isconsidered a first-class farmer and has everything very comfortableabout him, his many improvements including the erection of thebuildings now standing. He has always been a democratic voter and forsix years was township trustee.
    Mr. Kloeker married Miss Mary Elizabeth Rottinghaus,who was born in McLean township, Shelby county, and is a daughter of J.B. and Mary Elizabeth (Unterbrink) Rottinghaus, the father beingdeceased and the mother living, being aged ninety-one years. Mr. andMrs. Kloeker's children have all been bom on this farm, namely: Annie,who is the wife of Anton P. Raterman of McLean township; Elizabeth, whois the wife of Frank Lindhaus; J. H., who represented the MetropolitanLife Insurance
Company, married Cilley Myers and lives at Cleveland, 0.; William, wholives in Cynthian township, married Mary Eilerman; John B., who assistshis father on the home farm; Regina, who is the wife of Clyde H.Peffley., a resident of Dayton; and Joseph A., who is a school-teacher,lives at home. Mr. Kloeker and his entire family are members of St.Michael's Catholic church.


J. William Klocker
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 548
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

J. WILLIAM KLOCKER
     a well-known general farmer and stockraiser ofShelby county, O., residing in section 35, Cynthian township, where hehas eighty acres of fine land, was born December 23, 1872, in McLeantownship, and is a son of Herman and Elizabeth Klocker.
     J. William Klocker obtained his schooling inthe Berlin Special School District, after which he engaged in farming,a very natural thing to do as he was reared to take an interest in thisdirection. In March, 3911, Mr. Klocker purchased this farm and has allbut seven acres of woodland under cultivation. Through remodeling andbuilding, draining and tiling, he has made his property much morevaluable than when he bought it. He carries on mixed farming but haslittle grain to sell, finding it more profitable to feed stock. Hismarkets are easy to reach, his land lying but three and one-half mileswest of Newport, O., and on the Hale turnpike road through Cynthiantownship.
     In February, 1908, Mr. Klocker was married toMiss Mary Eilerman, a daughter of F. J. Eilerman, of McLean township,and they have two children: Leo, who was born December 23, on theEilerman farm, 1908, in McLean township; and Margaret, who was born onthe present farm October 24, 1911. Mr. Klocker and wife are members ofSS- Peter and Paul Catholic church at Newport, O. He is a democrat inpolitics and on the democratic ticket was elected in January, 1912, amember of the board of education of the Turner Special School District.
   


L.L. Knoop
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 449
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

L. L. KNOOP
     whose well improved farm of seventy-one acres,which he purchased and improved himself, is situated six milessoutheast of Sidney, O., has spent the larger part of his life in thispart of Shelby county. He was born in Orange township, three-fourths ofa mile north of his own farm in Green township, in August, 1871, and isa son of John and Margaret (Martin) Knoop.
     John Knoop is a highly respected retiredcitizen of Shelby county. He was born in Miami county, O., and at theage of seventeen years enlisted in the Civil war, and saw much hardservice during the following two-years as a member of the O. Vol. Inf.,including imprisonment in Libby prison. After his release he continuedin the service as a teamster. When his term of enlistment was over hereturned to Miami county and there engaged in farming until hismarriage to Margaret Martin, when he came to Shelby county and locatedon the old Martin farm of forty acres. He also engaged in carpenterwork and became well known all through this section. In 1909 he removedfrom the house he had occupied for so many years, to another house onthe same farm and now lives in comfortable retirement and is the ownerof 203 1-3 acres of land, which his sons operate. Mrs. Knoop passedaway March 30, 1889, survived by five children, namely: Samuel, wholives one mile above Port Jefferson; L. L., who lives on his farm sixmiles southeast of Sidney, O.; John W., who lives east of Sidney;William, who is located on the homestead; and Mrs. Dora Leckey, whoresides north of Plattsville.
     L. L. Knoop attended school in Orange townshipand afterward worked on the home farm until his marriage, when he cameto his present property, where general farming and stock raising havebeen carried on ever since.  He has improved the property withmodem and substantial buildings and has all his surroundingscomfortable and attractive.
     Mr. Knoop was married January 11, 1894, toMiss Viola Hunt, daughter of P. R. Hunt, of Green township, nearPlattsville, and they have two children : Bertha May and Harley Thomas.Mr. Knoop has served two terms as a trustee of Green township, electedon the Republican ticket, and is recognized as one of the solid andreliable citizens of this community. He is serving as a member of thecounty fair board and takes a hearty interest in every public movementto advance the interests of this section. Fraternally, Mr. Knoop is aMason, a Knight of the Golden Eagles and an Odd Fellow, in the lastnamed organization belonging to both the Encampment and the subordinatebranch.


Samuel M. Knoop
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 745
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

SAMUEL M. KNOOP
     who is one of the trustees of Salem township,conducts a butcher shop at Port Jefferson, O., and also gives attentionto his valuable farm of 120 acres, situated in Salem township. He wasborn in Orange township, Shelby county, O., April 21, 1869, and is ason of John and Margaret (Martin) Knoop. John Knoop, who still resideson his farm in Orange township, was born in Miami county, O., and is awell known and respected citizen. He was married first to MargaretMartin, who is deceased. She was the mother of the following children:Samuel M., Lee, John, William, and Dora, wife of George Leckey. Mr.Knoop's second marriage was with Celia Burton.
     Samuel M. Knoop obtained his education in thepublic schools and from youth has been interested in farm pursuits. Hecarries on a general farming line on his property in Salem township,deals to some extent in stock, also bales hay and for the past twoyears has additionally been engaged in the meat business at PortJefferson. Not only is he a man of business activity and ability, butlie is also one who has been recognized as trustworthy by his fellowcitizens and as a member of the township board of trustees carriesbusiness methods into public matters to the advantage of all concerned.
     In November, 1891, Mr. Knoop was married toMiss Laura Fergus, who was born in Shelby county and is a daughter ofJoseph Fergus. Mr. and Mrs. Knoop have eight children, namely: Ralph,Clifford, Grace, Arvesta, Lloyd, Mary, Edna and John Joseph. The familyattends the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically he is a republicanand fraternally is an Odd Fellow, attending the lodge of this order atPort Jefferson.



John C. Koenig
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 649
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN C. KOENIG
     whose business interests are largely centeredat Botkins, O., where he is in the hardware line, being the seniormember of the firm of Koenig Bros., proprietors of the Botkins HardwareCompany, was born on a farm in Auglaize county, O., one and one-halfmiles north of Botkins, September 19, 1880. His parents are John H. andMargaret Koenig, who are well-known and highly esteemed residents ofBotkins.
     John C. Koenig was reared on the home farm andattended the country schools. His first business experience away fromhome was as a traveling salesman for the International HarvesterCompany, of Fort Wayne, with which corporation he continued for twoyears, when he came to Botkins to make a permanent businessestablishment, in which commendable undertaking he was associated withhis brother, Michael Koenig, and they, under the firm style of KoenigBros., bought the hardware business then conducted by Jacob Paul. Forthe past seven years they have operated their present store, enlargingtheir stock as demand has arisen and probably have one of the largestand best equipped stores in the general hardware line, in this part ofShelby county. John C. Koenig is a member of the Catholic church
and is identified with the Knights of Columbus at Sidney. Mr. Koenig isunmarried.



Henry Kuether
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 826
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

HENRY KUETHER
     proprietor of the Sidney Dairy, at Sidney,O.,one of the large and successful business enterprises of Shelby county,owns 120 acres of fine land in Clinton township and eighty acres inTurtle Creek township and keeps about fifty head of Shorthorn andPolled Durham cattle. He was born in Auglaize county, O., January 6,1861, and is a son of Henry and Angeline (Shumacher) Kuether.
     The parents of Mr. Kuether were born inGermany and came to America when young and were married in Ohio. Theywere farming people in Auglaize county and were devout members of theCatholic church. Of their children, Henry was the first bom, the othersbeing: Caroline, who is the wife of William Kovermann; Catherine, whois the wife of Charles Broermann; Rosa, who is the wife of John Suter;John; Anthony; and Josephine, who is the wife of Henry Voskuhl.
     When he was thirteen years of age, HenryKuether left school and began work for his father on the home farm andremained there until he was thirty years old and then came to Shelbycounty. His first purchase of land was a tract of eighty acres, towhich he added another eighty, afterward forty acres. In addition tocarrying on general farming and raising stock for his own use, Mr.Kuether operates his large dairy, as before mentioned, making a dailyshipment of fifty gallons of milk to Sidney, where he disposes of itwholesale. He is one of the enterprising business men of this section,paying careful attention to his own affairs and prospering accordingly.
     In February, 1891, Mr. Kuether was married toMiss Mary Winover, who was born in Mercer county, O., a daughter ofHenry and Anna (Hubert) Winover, who were farming people in Mercer andHenry counties. They had seven children; Mary, Martin, Geard, John,Anna, Elizabeth and Rosa. To Mr. and Mrs. Kuether three children havebeen born: Henry, Rosa and Anna. The family belongs to the Catholicchurch at Sidney. In politics Mr. Kuether is a democrat.


Martin Lacey
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 821
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

MARTIN LACEY
     who has been a resident of Sidney, Ohio, since1866, now lives retired in his very comfortable residence at No. 431South Ohio avenue, was born November 11, 1830, at Knockscamolin, CountyWexford, Ireland, and is a son of James and Mary Lacey.
     Martin Lacey was seven years old when broughtto the United States and he attended the public schools at Cincinnati,Ohio. He afterward learned the machinist trade, his instructor beingMorris Greenwood, an early manufacturer there of fire engines. Mr.Lacey continued to work at his trade in Cincinnati for fifteen years,when he came to Sidney, where he went to work in a sawmill and became amanufacturer of chairs, later established a small factory and conductedthis business for about seven years. Mr. Lacey then began to do somebuilding and erected about twelve houses at Sidney, they being on hisown property and he still owns and rents them, they occupying the oldsite of his sawmill. He also was in the grocery trade for abouttwenty years, retiring from the same in 1900. Mr. Lacey is a well knownand highly respected citizen and during his long business career wasnoted for his sterling honesty.
     At Sidney, April 17, 1869, Mr. Lacey wasmarried to Miss Annie Harrison, who was born in this city, a daughterof John Harrison, who left Ohio in her infancy and in 1849 started forCalifornia and died on the plains while on the way. Mrs. Lacey wasadopted by a childless resident of Sidney and this city has always beenher home. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lacey: Mayme; Bertha,who is the wife of John McNeff, of Lima, and they have one child, MaryMargaret; Dorothy, who died in 1898, when aged twenty-two years; andJessie, who died in 1890, when aged eleven years. Mr. Lacey has neverbeen very active in politics, although always a good and mindfulcitizen in a quiet way, and has usually cast his vote with theRepublican party.


J.P. Lallemand
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 633
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

J. P. LALLEMAND
     who is treasurer of the Grisez special schooldistrict in Cynthian township, and formerly president of its board ofeducation, resides on his excellent farm of eighty acres, situated insection 23, two and one-half miles northwest of Newport, O. He was bornin Darke county, O., April 27, 1866, and is a son of Peter Lallemandand his wife Mary (Poiret) Lallemand.
     The parents of Mr. Lallemand were born inFrance. The father came to the United States when aged twenty-fiveyears and after marriage settled in Darke county, O., where three sonsand one daughter were born. The mother died at the age of thirty-nineyears and the one daughter is also deceased. The father lives retiredat Newport, O., having moved to Shelby county with his family about1867.
     J. P. Lallemand was about one year old whenhis parents came to this county and he attended school in the Turnerdistrict and assisted his father to clear and cultivate the farm be nowoccupies. He has lived here for twenty-three years and has devotedhimself to farming and stock raising, having all his land under tillagewith the exception of fourteen acres in valuable timber.
     Mr. Lallemand married Miss Elizabeth Meyer, adaughter of Henry Meyer and they have had the following children :Lawrence, Beatrice, Mary, Marion and Margaret, twins, Margaret (2) andFrancis. The first Margaret died in infancy. Mr. Lallemand and familyare members of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic church at Newport, O.In politics he is a democrat. He served for two years as president ofthe board of education and since January, 1912, has been treasurer ofthis body, as mentioned above. He is a highly respected and trustworthycitizen.


James Anderson Lamb
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 522
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JAMES ANDERSON LAMB
     formerly one of the foremost business men ofSidney and at the time of death, December 9, 1898, president of theCitizens National Bank, was closely identified with this section ofcountry for more than a half century. He was born in Pennsylvania,December 14, 1815, a son of Samuel and Jane (Anderson) Lamb.
     During youth James A. Lamb worked on a farm,attended the subscription schools and until 1833 was a clerk in astore. In 1834 he came to Ohio and with a partner went into the drugbusiness first at Mansfield and later at Lancaster. He was a man ofgreat business perception and his whole subsequent life showed theshrewd foresight that provides for emergencies while it also venturesinto unknown fields. In January, 1840, he embarked in the mercantilebusiness with Colonel Zinn and in the spring of 1842 came to Sidney,which was then a village but the business field seemed promising, andthe partners started here a factory for the manufacture of pearlash,the product being conveyed overland to Sandusky. Mr. Lamb continuedwith Colonel Zinn until 1868 and then sold his interest and purchased afarm. This land he sold two years afterward in order to accept thepresidency of the Citizens National Bank, one that he held until hisdeath. For eight years Mr. Lamb was a member of the city council andintroduced the ordinance providing for waterworks and was largelyinstrumental in carrying this and other public-spirited projects to asuccessful issue. He had much to do with the material growth of Sidney,building the warehouse later occupied by Moore & Marshall, his ownfine residence, the handsome Presbyterian church and parsonage and manyother structures. He was the second son born in his parents' family,all of whom came to Ohio; John, Hannah, James Anderson, Samuel,Margaret, Jane and Elenor, Hannah becoming the wife of Colonel Zinn,Jane becoming the wife of Silas Thompson, and Elenor, the wife of HenryWilkinson.
     In 1843 Mr. Lamb was married to Miss Julia A.Taylor, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of Samuel andElizabeth (Stipp) Taylor, farming people. The father of Mrs. Lamb wasborn in Maryland and the mother in Virginia. They were members of theChristian church. Mrs. Lamb was their youngest child, the others being:Jason,
George and William; Susan, wife of Abner Girard; Margaret, wife of MarkBroderick; and Lewis and Shelby. Mr. Lamb was reared in thePresbyterian church and to that religious body he gave liberally. Formany years he was identified with the Masonic fraternity.


William Watt Laughlin
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 833
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

WILLIAM WATT LAUGHLIN
     who is a well-known resident of Turtle Creektownship and one of the three heirs to a valuable farm of 160 acres,was born in Logan county, O., in 1871, and is a son of John M. andJennie (Leapley) Laughlin. The father was a farmer and also acarpenter. The mother still resides on the old home farm but the fatherdied on May 5, 1911. The family consisted of but two sons: William Wattand Arthur, the latter of whom lives in Washington township.
     William Watt Laughlin had excellenteducational advantages, after completing the common school course goingto the Northern Ohio University at Ada and remaining a student therefor several terms. He then returned to the home farm, on which thefamily has lived since he was seven years old, and practically assumedcharge, relieving his father and since the latter's death has managedall the industries for himself, mother and brother. He raises anexcellent grade of stock but not more than is needed for home use, anddevotes his land to general farming.
     In politics Mr. Laughlin is a democrat andexerts considerable influence in local affairs. He served two terms astownship assessor and is serving in his second term as townshiptrustee. Mr. Laughlin is known as an honest, intelligent and uprightman and good citizen. With his mother he attends the MethodistEpiscopal church. His only fraternal connection is with the Knights ofthe Golden Eagle.


Jacob R. Leapley
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 539
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JACOB R. LEAPLEY
     who, in addition to being a stockholder in theFarmers Telephone Company, owns 120 acres of some of the finest land inFranklin township, Shelby county, O., was born in this county September15, 1864, and is a son of Othol and Mary (Stone) Leapley.
     Othol Leapley and wife belonged to old pioneerfamilies of Shelby county, where they were born, married, and passedout of life. They were estimable people and liberal supporters of theMethodist Episcopal church, attending at Port Jefferson, and theirburial was in the cemetery there. Their family consisted of fivechildren, three sons, namely: Quin, Charles and Jacob Raper; and twodaughters, Anna, wife of Newton Wooley, and Blanche, wife of, Orrin C.Staley.
     Jacob R. Leapley attended the country schoolswith his brothers and sisters and afterward, as a dutiful son, assistedhis father until he was twenty-one years old. About this time occurredhis marriage and he then went to Nebraska where he rented land andraised one crop. Conditions there, however, did not look promising to ayoung man when compared to those he had left behind in Shelby county,therefore he returned and for two years following rented farm land inFranklin township. He then moved on the place which he now owns, a partof the old Yinger farm, which he rented for twelve years previous tobuying. He is one of the township's most prosperous stockmen as well asfarmer, paying particular attention to Jersey cattle, Shropshire sheep,Percheron horses and O. I. C. hogs.
     On December 17, 1885, Mr. Leapley was marriedto Miss Lollie Fee, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter ofWilliam and Sarah (McClure) Fee, both of whom were also born in thiscounty. The father of Mrs. Leapley is deceased, but the mother stillresides here. Mrs. Leapley has one older sister, Maggie, who is thewife of James Shaw; and a brother, Frank, and a sister, Mattie, who isthe wife of William Davis, both younger. Mr. and Mrs. Leapley have butone son, Rollie, who remains with his parents. Mr. Leapley and familyare active members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which he is atrustee, treasurer and steward. In politics be is a republican.


Earl Lee
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 854
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

EARL LEE
     a leading citizen of Shelby county, O., nowserving in his third term as a member of the city council of Sidney,representing the Third ward, has important business interests as well,being extensively engaged in the real estate business and the soleowner of the Earl Lee Company, wholesale and retail liquor dealers andcompounders of medicines. Mr. Lee was born at Wiley Station, Darkecounty, O., January 4, 1879, and is a son of Thomas and Emma Lee. Thefather of Mr. Lee was engaged in the timber business prior to 1891,when he retired to Sidney, and is now deceased.
     Earl Lee accompanied his parents to differentpoints in Ohio as best suited his father's business affairs, and whenthe family settled permanently at Sidney he entered the public schoolshere.  In 1898 he embarked in the liquor business at Wapakoneta,O., where he continued until 1901, when he sold out and returned toSidney and took charge of what is now the Earl Lee Company, thebusiness having been founded by his brother, Val Lee, in 1891, who isnow chief deputy state fire marshal. The medicines compounded by theabove company .are all prepared according to the pure drug act and bearthe U. S. government tax stamp, the remedies being known as the Leecurumedicines and they have a wide sale and are considered specifics formany diseases. In handling real estate, Mr. Lee makes auction andprivate lot sales a specialty and offers reliable realty, home owningand businessinvestment propositions. His value to his fellow citizens, as a memberof the council, to which he was elected on the democratic ticket, isvery generally recognized on account of his intense public spirit, andthe business acumen which is needful in public matters as well aspersonal enterprises.
     Mr. Lee was married to Miss Flora Heil, who isa daughter of Henry and Minnie Heil, and they have two children: Forestand Esther. In 1911 Mr. Lee erected his handsome modem residence onSouth Main avenue, Sidney.


Jacob M. LeFevre
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 744
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JACOB M. LE FEVRE
     a highly respected retired fanner living atPort Jefferson, O., where he has a comfortable residence, owns also afine farm of eighty acres situated in Salem township, Shelby county,O., and on that farm he was born, May 31, 1843. His parents were HenryJackson and Elenore (Morgan) Le Fevre.
     Henry Jackson Le Fevre was born in Warrencounty, O., and after marriage moved to Salem township, Shelby county,where he engaged in farming until his death, in 1848. After his deceasehis widow married Thomas Stewart. To her first marriage four childrenwere born: Mary Jane, Morgan, Jacob M. and Henry J. To her secondmarriage three children were born: John M., Millard F. and Ansel M.
     Jacob M. Le Fevre attended the district schoolwhen he could be spared from farm work. He was five years old when hisfather died and when yet a boy worked for two years on a farm in Warrencounty. When the civil war broke out his step-father, a half brother;and two full brothers enlisted and Jacob M. then came back to thehomestead and remained helping his mother until the close of the warand after her death purchased the property. He is a self made man, fewadvantages having been afforded him in youth, but in making his own wayin the world he has found many friends and has won the confidence andapproval of those with whom he has had business relations. Mr. Le Fevrewas twice elected a trustee of Salem township, on the republicanticket, and also served usefully and efficiently as township supervisorand on the school board.
     On December 20, 1866, Mr. Le Fevre was marriedto Miss Dulcinna Line, a daughter of Solomon Line of Perry township,the other members of the family being: Florence M., Ella, Alice, Nancy,Esther and O. T.  To Mr. and Mrs. Le Fevre the following childrenhave been born: Edwin Justin, William O., James T., Jennie, Alice, wifeof Allen Baker, Minnie, wife of Lafe Vesper, Guernie, wife of ElzaBaker, and Cora, wife of Sanford Retter. Mr. Le Fevre and family attendthe Disciples church. He belongs to the Odd Fellows and attends lodgeat Port Jefferson.


General Benjamin LeFevre
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 653
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

GENERAL BENJAMIN LeFEVRE
     the subject of this somewhat extendedbiographical sketch, is a thorough Buckeye, having been born on a farmin Salem township, ten miles northeast of Sidney, October 8, 1838. Hisparents were pioneers and the ancestral acres of great fertility Benhas owned for years and has recently erected a spacious farm house,approached by a drive shaded with an arcade of maples.
     From the ample porch of this delightful rusticabode he can sniff the aroma of the apple blossoms of his nearbyorchard and the fragrance of its ripening fruit.
     Higher criticism, with its convenientelasticity, had not been developed rendering it possible to interpretthe plain injunction of Scripture to multiply and replenish the earthto mean race suicide, so the God-fearing LeFevre household was filledwith a large family of stalwart boys and girls, with appetitescommensurate with their healthy out-of-door activities and digestionthat an ostrich might covet, thus furnishing a home market for thesurplus products of the farm.
     Though he was not born with a gold spoon inhis mouth, as that article was not plenty in those pioneer days ofnearly a century ago, he never felt the grip of poverty for the homedomain was ample. As the virgin land furnished employment in allseasons, Satan, who gets in his work where there are idle hands,steered clear of that busy, industrious household.
     Ben's pockets were not distended with anannoying surplus of pin money, as filthy lucre was not a profusecommodity in those days, and did not admit of liberal distribution tosuch an extent as to invite burglarious invasion, but the larder wasnever, empty and its products were dispensed freely in those hospitabletimes.
     He was by nature optimistic, kept himself onthe silver lining side of life clouds and shadows, was full of hope andas his sky was thickly set with lofty ideals he bent every energy toachieve and realize their fruition; and his life attest how successfulhe has been. In his lexicon there was no such word as "fail."
     What crude privileges the log countryschoolhouses afforded he embraced, but the three R's were the extent ofthe curriculum, and to the rule of three was the limit of the pedagogicability to instruct.
     In due time he was sent to Sidney for advancedinstruction, attended several terms and subsequently taught school andbecame a student at the Miami University at Oxford.
     An episode in his pedagogical careerillustrates his natural tact and diplomacy which has served him so wellin untying hard knots and straightening tangles. He had one veryrefractory pupil who gave him a world of trouble, and, feeling thatforbearance had ceased to be a virtue, he kept the miscreant in theschoolhouse one evening for substantial settlement. When about ready toadminister, a deserved castigation; Ben looked out of a window andcaught a glimpse of the irate mother, who was a terror in skirts,sidling up to the schoolhouse with a stride that meant business. She paused a while to listen to the interior proceedings. Not relishingthe red hot fury of a woman, Ben at once changed his tactics and in avoice that could be distinctly heard outside, said: "Jim, I wish youwould suppress your animal spirits and mischievous ways, for you havemarked ability and noble qualities. I did not keep you in forpunishment but to have a good talk and appeal to your better nature.You are the hope of your kind and indulgent mother who would doanything for your welfare and solicitous as she is through the day foryou I have no doubt that she remembers you in her prayers each
night, and I am doing my best to help her make of you an honor to herand a useful man. At this the mother burst in the door, totallydisarmed, and poured the contents of her vial of wrath, intended forBen, upon her son. This diplomatic stroke endeared Ben to her not onlythe rest of the term but ever afterward.
     When the slogan of the Civil war sounded Ben'squick and patriotic ear heard it, and he joined the Benton cadets, wentto Missouri, and served in General Fremont's brief campaign, going asfar as Springfield in that state. When the cadets were mustered out hecame home as lieutenant and when the Ninety-ninth Ohio regiment wasorganized joined at Lima, serving as major in the army until the finalsurrender of the rebel host. He returned to Sidney, studied law withSmith and Cummins, leading attorneys of Sidney, and was admitted to thebar, but having a stronger taste for politics than of legal practice hewas elected to the state legislature from Shelby county.
     At the close of his term he was appointedgovernor of the territory of Washington by President Johnson, but whichwas changed to a consulship to Nurenburg, Bavaria. At that time AndrewG. Curtis, Pennsylvania war governor, was minister to Russia, and ElihuWashburn, minister to France, and the three became fast friends.
     Upon his return to this country he wasemployed by Col. Thomas A. Scott to look after the revenue cases of thePennsylvania railway and remained until he resigned to run fordemocratic congressional nomination from this district, composed ofShelby, Miami, Darke, Mercer and Auglaize counties. A mass conventionwas held in Sidney, and after a fierce fight of three days and nights,the time Jonah spent in making interior observations of the whale, Benwas victorious by one and a half votes on the two hundred andeighteenth ballot for the forty-sixth congress, and triumphantlyelected in November.
     While serving his first term the district waschanged to comprise Shelby, Auglaize, Alien, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam,Defiance and Van Wert counties. Five of these counties were representedby W. D. Hill, who was up for renomination, but Ben won on the firstballot. The district was again changed and Ben served continuously foreight years. It is safe to say that no representative ever served hisconstituents with more fidelity than General LeFevre, or procured morelucrative employment for democratic hoys in republican administrationsthan he. His diplomacy and suavity did the work. Milton E. Ailes, whosubsequently became assistant secretary of the treasury under Lyman D.Gage, was one of his boys from Sidney.
     Upon entering congress he served on thecommittee on agriculture and the committee on military affairs, andintroduced the first bill for the suppression of contagious diseasesamong domestic animals. He introduced the resolution creating thedepartment of agriculture and always espoused the cause of thesoldiers, and was ever at his post.
     At the close of his congressional career hewas engaged by the Erie railway to look after claims, and fortwenty-three years was in its service, resigning in the summer of 1909,much to the regret of the railroad managers, as letters show.
     Many of these years his vacations were spentin Europe, and he has crossed the Atlantic over twenty times andvisited all the countries of the continent and nearly all the cities,and sipped the waters of its famous springs. Being a great pedestrian,he mingled much with the peasants and common people studying theirhabits and modes of life, and has made footprints, man's size, in thesoil from Italy to Finland, not giving Sweden and Norway the go-by. Hisviews afoot if written out would fill volumes.
     After Mr. LeFevre's resignation as a railwayofficial, he again set sail for Europe, and pausing long enough to getbreath, started on an overland trip to the Orient. It was more of aleisurely saunter than trip, as he took his own time and avoided thewater as much as possible. He left France, traversed Austria andHungary and the Balkan states to Constantinople, where he spent twoweeks. A religious festival was in progress and the supply of Moslemprayers seemed to be largely in excess of the demand. He next went toSmyrna and to Jerusalem, where he stayed three weeks, visiting all theplaces of interest and some not so interesting. It seemed as if all thebeggars were expecting him, from the welcome they gave him, and had anidea that he had a souvenir for each one. Ben donkeyed and cameled itacross Arabia and sailed across the Arabian sea to Bombay, India, amost wonderful city, with the finest architecture in the world. Thehotel Taj Mahal is not excelled for artistic beauty by any on earth,and is owned by a parsee. He made the acquaintance of several parsees,who are the merchants of the city. He journeyed to Delhi and at Agrasaw the famous tomb Taj Mahal, built for an Indian princess at a costof $20,000,000. When Lord Curzon was viceroy of India he had a lampthat had been destroyed or taken from the tomb replaced, but could findonly two men that could do it. One of these was brought from Persia,and they were about two years in fashioning it. He passed throughLucknow and Cawnpore on his way to the sacred city of Benares, on theGanges, where he paused for several days. From thence he went toCalcutta, at the delta of the Ganges on the Bay of Bengal. It is themost interesting city that be saw so far on his journey, and its jutemills are the largest in the world; employing 57,000 men. The expertsin these mills get twelve cents a day and the others less. They live onrice the year around, a most monotonous diet, and it goes withoutsaying that they do not buy it in Sidney nor Dayton. From there hesailed diagonally across the Bay of Bengal, rounded the peninsula ofMalacca, passed Singapore on his way to Borneo, Hong Kong and Canton, amost interesting city, where half a million people live on boats,briefly viewed the Philippines on his way to Japan, where be remainedfor some time, then took a Pacific steamer for San Francisco, haltingfor awhile at the beautiful flower-embowered city of Honolulu. From SanFrancisco he went to Southern California and returned by way of Texasto Sidney, where he was most warmly greeted by his many friends after ayear's absence. Abstemious in his habits, careful in diet, drinkingVichy water as a beverage, the year was one of unbroken health andenjoyment.  How one so genial and a social favorite has managed toelude Cupid's darts seems strange, but he has, and is as ever in"maiden meditation and fancy free," with no obvious symptoms of changefor "better or for worse."
                                             A. B. C. HITCHCOCK.


Ord Otterbein Lemaster, M.D.
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 857
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

ORD OTTERBEIN LEMASTER, M.D.
     who is engaged in medical practice inKettlersville, Van Buren township, is a son of Luman W. and Mary (Chew)LeMaster, the father a native of Shelby county, Ohio. His parents'family consisted of ten children; Beulah S., Luman C., William C., MaryE., Bertha T., Edith M., Una Maude, Arthur, Vernon W., and Ord O.,whose record in brief is as follows: Beulah S. married Lynn L. Rockwelland resides in Jay county, Indiana. Luman C. married Belle Wherley andthey also reside in Jay county, Ind. William C. married Lotta E. Lewisand their home is at Montrose, Colo. Mary Elsie is the wife of MathiasJ. Atkinson of Jay county, Ind. Bertha married John F. Yeager,principal of schools at Brazil, Ind., where they reside. Una Maude isthe wife of Dr. G. W. Phillips and lives in David City, Nebraska. EdithM. married Henry Meinholtz and they reside in Okmulgee, Okla. Arthur R.married Maude McGlaughlin and their home is in Jay county, Ind. Vernonis attending school at Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Ord O. LeMaster acquired his literary education inthe public schools of Jay county, Ind., and the Portland Normal school,subsequently pursuing his medical studies at Starling Medical College,Columbus, Ohio. After his graduation he located in Kettlersville, thiscounty, where he has since built up a very good practice. He owns somevaluable property, including his own fine residence and makes use of anautomobile in visiting his patients. Dr. LeMaster married Emma W. G.Gormhausen, a daughter of John and Mary (Strausburgh) Gormhausen, whosechildren, in addition to Mrs. LeMaster, were Florence, John, Edward,Charles, Anna, Benjamin, Ida, Otto, and Laura. Of the above mentionedFlorence, John, Edward, and Otto are now deceased, Florence dying in1912. Mrs. LeMaster is a member of St. Peter's Lutheran church. TheDoctor is a Republican in politics. He keeps in touch with the latestdiscoveries in medical and surgical science, and as a citizen is everready to support any practical measures for the moral or materialbetterment of the community. He has advanced as far as the Chapter inthe Masonic order.


John Lengerich
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 837
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN LENGERICH
     general farmer and representative citizen ofCynthian township, Shelby county, O., where he owns fifty-four acres offine land, lying in section 19, three miles south of Fort Loramie, wasborn near Minster, in Auglaize county, O., September 6, 1867, andremained in his native county until he was twelve years old.
     Prior to coming to Fort Loramie in 1879, Mr.Lengerich had attended school at Minster and 'afterward completed hiseducation under the teaching of L. Notis and thus secured a very fairknowledge of books. He then worked as a farm hand for C. B. Danbrison& Son seven years, and afterward was engaged in farm work forseventeen years in Mercer, Darke and Shelby counties, and came to hispresent place in 1910. Here he has expended considerable money, inmaking excellent improvements, including the draining and tiling of hisland and thereby has probably almost doubled its original value. Hecarries on general fanning and raises stock for his own use.
     Mr. Lengerich was married at Cincinnati, O.,to Miss Frances Brockamp, who was born in Shelby county, O., a daughterof Bernard Brockamp, and the following children have been born to them;Bernard, George, Catherine, Lorena, Laurence, Clara, John, Marie, Louisand Edward, the last two named being deceased. Mr. Lengerich and familyare members of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic church at Wynant, O. Innational matters Mr. Lengerich votes with the democratic party but inlocal affairs he is independent. He is an interested citizen in allthat concerns the welfare of his section and since January, 1912, hasbeen a member of the board of education of the Basinburg special schooldistrict.


Frank Lindhaus
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 547
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

FRANK LINDHAUS
     a successful general farmer residing insection 19, Cynthian township, where he owns seventy-three acres ofproductive and well-cared-for land, was born in Ohio, November 30,1877, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth Lindhaus.
     Frank Lindhaus was three years old when hisparents moved to Fort Loramie and he obtained his education in theBerlin Special School District. General farming has occupied the timeand attention of Mr. Lindhaus ever since and he has resided on thisproperty, which lies one and one-fourth miles north of Newport, O.,ever since his marriage. Here he has put in many improvements and theseinclude the erection of the substantial buildings and the neat fencingwhich encloses his fields.
     In May, 1003, Mr. Lindhaus was married to MissElizabeth Kloecker, who is a daughter of Herman Kloecker, of McLeantownship, Shelby county, and they have four attractive and intelligentchildren: Emma, Henry, Raymond and Laurence. Mr. and Mrs. Lindhaus aremembers of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic church at Newport, O. Inpolitics he has always been a democratic voter and has never acceptedany public office except that of school director, and in January, 1912,was elected a member of the board of education of the Basinburg SpecialSchool District.


Ernest Lininger
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 510
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

ERNEST LININGER
     one of Sidney's well known business men, beingthe junior member of the firm of Fretz & Lininger, funeraldirectors and furniture dealers, is experienced in this line and hasbeen established since 1910 at Sidney. He was born on a farm in Mariontownship, Pickaway county, O., November 18, 1882, and is a son ofMichael and Adeline Lininger, who are highly respected retiredresidents of New Holland, O.
     Ernest Lininger was reared in his nativesection and attended the Marion township schools. He assisted hisfather on the home farm prior to entering into the undertakingbusiness, for which he prepared by attending Clarke's School ofEmbalming, at Cincinnati, where he was graduated. He then entered theundertaking and furniture business at New Holland, and remained thereuntil August, 1910, when he came to Sidney and bought a one-halfinterest in the undertaking business of W. E. Fretz and shortly afterthe partnership was formed the firm added the furniture departmentwhich has been gradually expanded until they have one of the largestfurniture displays in Shelby county. They are well equipped asundertakers and funeral directors and their services are called forfrom different parts of the county.
      Mr. Lininger married Miss Florence West,also of Pickaway county, and they have two children: Kenneth andVirginia Alice. Mr. Lininger is a quiet, law abiding citizen, not givento much display of his sentiments but has won the respect of all withwhom he has had business relations. He belongs to the fraternal orderof Knights of Pythias.


John W. Lochard
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 567
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN W. LOCHARD
     who now lives in comfortable retirement atSidney, O., for many years was an extensive farmer in Salem township,where he still retains 240 acres of highly improved land, a fine farmthat lies six and one-half miles northeast of Sidney. He was born inChampaign county, O., March 18, 1855, and is a son of Thomas and Eliza(Ellis) Lochard.
     The parents of John W. Lochard were bom inVirginia and were married shortly after removing with their people toWest Liberty, Logan county, O. They moved then to Champaign countywhere they continued to live until 1874, when they came to Shelbycounty and the father bought 160 acres of land in Salem township onwhich he died in 1879, the mother surviving until 1881. After the deathof both parents, John W. Lochard bought the interests of the otherheirs and subsequently added more land until, as above mentioned, hehas 240 acres, all in one body. During the succeeding years Mr. Lochardreplaced all the old buildings with modem ones and his residence is anunusually fine example of rural architecture with attractivesurroundings. In addition to general farming Mr. Lochard gaveconsiderable attention to raising high grade hogs and cattle. Althougha busy man all his active life he never neglected any duty ofcitizenship, arid his neighbors frequently showed their confidence inhim by electing him to local offices and for seven years he served as atrustee of Salem. township. In 1905 he was elected a countycommissioner on the democratic ticket and continued in this responsibleoffice until 1911, in the spring of which year he came to Sidney.
     Mr. Lochard married Miss Clara Belle Murphy, adaughter of H. C. and Nancy Murphy, farming people of Franklintownship. Shelby county, and four children have been born to them,namely: Laura Celia, who is the wife of George L. Kraft, and they haveone daughter, Virginia; Mabel Clare, who is the wife of Dr. Fred McVay,of Botkins, O.; the third daughter, who died at the age of elevenyears, and Hazel Ellen, who lives at home. Mr. Lochard and family aremembers of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is identified withseveral fraternal bodies that have a large and representativemembership in this section, including the Knights of Pythias and theKnights of Khorassan.


Wallace A. Lochard
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 793
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

WALLACE A. LOCHARD
     one of the industrious and successful youngagriculturists of Salem township, Shelby county, O., who operates theWalnut Grove Farm belonging to his father, a valuable tract of 160acres, was born in Salem township, February 1, 1886, and is a son ofIsaac A. and Alma (Fox) Lochard.
     The parents of Mr. Lochard are well knownpeople of Shelby county and when they removed from the farm in Salemtownship they retired to Sidney, where they still reside. They aremembers of the Methodist Episcopal church at Sidney. Their familyconsisted of three children: Wallace A., Iva and Charles.
     Wallace A. Lochard was educated in the publicschools and the Western University at Delaware, O., in whichinstitution he remained one year and then returned to his father whomhe assisted until he was twenty-two, years of age. Afterward, for threeyears, he rented and operated a farm in Perry township and then tookcharge of the Walnut Grove Farm, all but twelve acres of which lies inSalem township. Farming and stock raising are the industries carried onand Mr. Lochard is meeting with the success his energy and progressivemethods justify him in expecting.
     On October 22, 1908, Mr. Lochard was marriedto Miss Grace Wooley, a daughter of William and Jennie Wooley, of Perrytownship. Mr. and Mrs. Lochard have one daughter, Beulah. They attendthe Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Lochard is a wide awake citizen andis interested in all that promises to make better conditions all overthe country, but he feels that he has no time for office holding. Likehis father he votes the democratic ticket.


John W. Lorton
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 628
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

JOHN W. LORTON
     who is engaged in farming and stock raising inLoramie township, owns 100 acres of productive land, situated insection 18, two miles from Russia, O. He was born in Clinton township,Shelby county, O., December 15, 1860, and is a son of George Allisonand Catherine (Glasford) Lorton.
      George Allison Lorton was born in Shelbycounty and died at the age of sixty years, his burial being at Sidney.All his life he worked hard as a day laborer, never having had anyeducational opportunities in his youth, but was universally respectedfor his many excellent traits of character. He married CatherineGlasford, who was born in Germany and was brought to Montgomery county,Ohio, when seven years old. She now lives in Turtle Creek township.They became the parents of thirteen children, and of this large familythree sons-and two daughters are living. They were members of theLutheran church.
     John W. Lorton was reared in Clinton townshipand secured his schooling there, and as soon as old enough began to beself supporting, working on farms or in any way that was honorable, forsix years being a railroad employe. After marriage he settled atHouston and as soon as he had accumulated enough money boughteighty-five acres in Loramie township. He later sold that property andin 1910 purchased his present farm.
     Mr. Lorton was married to Miss LouisaWintringham, who was born at Houston, a daughter of George andChristiana (Ervin) Wintringham, both of whom died in Loramie township.Mr. and Mrs. Lorton have four children: Freeborn F., who married InaHoover, who died leaving a daughter, Evelyn; Blanche, who is the wifeof Jesse Wilbaum, of near Anna Station, by whom she has two children,Ellen and Laurence; John E., who first married Minerva Langston,deceased, and later Tracey Stout of Noble county; and Walter, who livesat home. They are also rearing a youth named Roy Grimes. Mr. Lorton hasbeen a lifelong republican but has never been very active in politics.He takes an interest in all local matters as becomes a good citizen andcheerfully assists in supporting the schools of Huffman special schooldistrict. The family belongs to the Christian church at Houston.


George R. Loudenbach
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 782
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

GEORGE R. LOUDENBACH
     one of the well known business men of Sidney,O., who operates a general repair shop and is a bicycle dealer, camefirst to Sidney in 1883, and has been a permanent resident since 1892.He was born on a farm in Champaign county, O., March 4, 1849, and is ason of Emanuel and Anna (McCoy) Loudenbach.
     Emanuel Loudenbach and wife came to Ohio fromVirginia, now West Virginia, and the father engaged in farming inChampaign county, where his death occurred. His widow survived and diedat Oakley, Ill., while on a visit, being then aged eighty-two years.
     George R. Loudenbach grew up on the home farmand early discovered that he possessed not only mechanical aptitude butmercantile ability, the latter being shown when he easily sold farmimplements and this led him to engage in the business at Urbana, wherehe continued for two years. He then was engaged as a traveling salesmanfor the Long-Alstater Company, manufacturers of farm implements, ofHamilton, O., and traveled for that house for eleven years, histerritory being northern Ohio and Illinois, and during this period hisfirst visit was made to Sidney. When he retired from the life of acommercial traveler and desired to go into business for himself he cameto Sidney, where he dealt in farm implements for twenty years, closingout that branch of his business in 1908. He keeps busily occupiedrepairing bicycles, automobiles, sewing machines, vulcanizing and insimilar work and also sells bicycles for which there is a steadydemand, this handy vehicle yet claiming many votaries of healthfulexercise.
     Mr. Loudenbach was married first to Miss IdaDickensheets, a daughter of John D. Dickensheets, March 8, 1883, whodied in 1900, survived by one daughter, Margaret. At Sidney, O., Mr.Loudenbach was married (second) to Miss Mabel Snyder, in August, 1912.Politically a democrat, Mr. Loudenbach has, at times, been called uponto serve in responsible offices and for seven years was a trustee ofthe water works and on two occasions was elected a member of the boardof public service. Fraternally he is identified with the Red Men andthe Tribe of Ben Hur and belongs to both branches of Odd Fellowship.Mr. Loudenbach enjoys out door sports and is a member of the ShelbyCounty Deer Hunters' Association.


Michael Loy
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 495
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

MICHAEL LOY
     one of the representative citizens of Shelbycounty, O., who resides on his valuable farm of seventy-four acres,which is situated in section 18, Cynthian township, two and one-halfmiles south of Fort Loramie, has been more continuously connected witheducational matters in the Basinburg special school district, of whichhe is the present clerk, than any other resident of the township forthe pastthirty-six years. Mr. Loy was born September 1, 1853; in McLeantownship, Shelby county, and is a son of George and Catherine Loy.
     George Loy was born in Germany and was a youngman when he came to the United States and settled in McLean township,locating at first among the early settlers west of Fort Loramie, whomhe assisted to clear their lands. Later he bought a tract of eightyacres located south of Fort Loramie, in partnership with a Mr. Smith,the latter taking the south one-half and Mr. Loy the north one-half andthis land now belongs to Michael Loy. He lost his wife, Catherine Loy,when their only child, Michael, was three years old, and his own deathoccurred seven years later.
     Thus, when but ten years old, Michael Loy wasmade an orphan. For three years afterward he lived with an uncle, whenthe latter's death left him again without legal protectors, and he thenbecame a member of the family of a Mr. Wagler, a farmer in Cynthiantownship, with whom he lived for one year and eight months. From therehe went to the home of an aunt and worked for her as a hired man, inthe meanwhile attending school as regularly as he was able, in what isnow the Basinburg special school district, being obliged, at that time,to go back and forth through the woods as there had been littleclearing done in that locality. Mr. Loy's memory goes back to thebuilding of the old United Brethren church edifice, which, is now inruins, and he can easily recall the introduction of many of the mostuseful farm implements and machinery, now in constant use on his ownland, the same never havingbeen even thought of when he was a boy. After his marriage, Mr. Loyrented farm land until 1882, when he purchased the property on which hehas lived ever since arid successfully carries on his different farmindustries, assisted more or less by several of his sons.
     In 1879 Mr. Loy was married to Miss HattieGroh, who was born in Cynthian township, Shelby county, a daughter ofLudwig Groh and wife. They were natives of Germany who lived inPennsylvania before coming to Dayton, O., and later to Shelby county.The father of Mrs. Loy died in Cynthian township and the mother inAuglaize county, O. To Mr. and Mrs. Loy the following children wereborn; Harvey W., who is president of a university in Union county, Ky.;Rosa, who is the wife of Ross Hotchkiss and they live in Illinois;Frances, who is a high appreciated teacher in the Basinburg specialschool district; Albert, who resides east of Sidney, married ViolaMills; Frank, who teaches school in Perry township, married Elsie Geerand is a student of theology; George; Walter, who is a student at Ada,O.; Elmer; and Emma and Nettie who are in school. Mr. Loy is arepublican in his politicalsentiments and has frequently been elected to township offices, servingat times on the election board and as judge of election, and in 1876was first appointed a member of the special school board, on which hehas served ever since with the exception of six years. He and wifebelong to the United Brethren church, while the children are members ofthe Methodist Episcopal church.


Marcellus N. Lucas
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 705
Submitted by: Diana(Souders) Smith,

MARCELLUS N. LUCAS
     a representative citizen of Perry township,Shelby county, O., a member of the township board of trustees and theowner of seventy acres of fine farming land here, was born April 12,1867, one and one-half miles northeast of this farm, and is a son ofPatrick Good and Thurza (De Weese) Lucas.
     Patrick Good Lucas was a well known farmer inPerry township and was a son of one of the early settlers of Shelbycounty. He was identified with the republican party but merely as acitizen, never desiring to hold office. His wife was also born inShelby county and she survives, her husband, passing away on June 25,1906, his burial being at Port Jefferson. They had two children: Ethel,who is the wife of Calvin Boyer and they reside with her mother on thehome farm; and Marcellus N.
     Marcellus N. Lucas secured a public schooleducation and worked on the home farm until his marriage, after whichhe went to Logan county and remained ten months. After returning toShelby county he rented land for ten years, then bought a farm andlater sold it and in 1903 purchased his present farm from Dr.Milholland. A general line of farming is successfully carried on andenough good stock for home use is raised, no effort being made to domore in this direction.
     On January 1, 1890, Mr. Lucas was married toMiss Sarah Nichols, a daughter of William and Catherine (Criffield)Nichols, substantial farming people of Shelby county. Mrs. Lucas hadthe following brothers and sisters: John, Frank and William, and Belle,who is now deceased, was the wife of David Speece, Mr. and Mrs. Lucashave four children: Norma B., Grace A., Vesta and Doris. The entirefamily belongs to the Baptist church. In politics Mr. Lucas has alwayscast his vote with the Republican party.


 
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