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A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
1921

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  JOHN HENRY ENSLEN.  Nothing happens without a cause.  Back of every success there are reasons, whether the world knows them or not.  It is often said by the unthinking that it is impossible to understand some men's success, but this is because they are unable to appreciate the reasons which lie back of the fundamental principles of this man's life and effort.  Some believe that promotions are merely because of assistance rendered from the outside; others claim that friendship plays a large part in securing a firm foothold on the ladder of success, but the final verdict of the student of men usually is that no man progresses very far unless he has a special fitness for his work; a willingness to give the best of what is in him to it, and a native ability which carries him far in advance of the one who labors simply for the present emoluments.  John Henry Enslen, one of the substantial citizens and sole proprieor of the Enslen General Store of Elida, is a man who measures up to the above standards, and has the satisfaction of knowing that his is the largest establishment of its kind in his community.
     John Henry Enslen was born in Sugar Creek township, Allen county, Ohio, Mar. 20, 1859, a son of John and Mary (Shutt) Enslen, of Pennsylvania-Dutch stock, well known as farming people.  John Enslen, the paternal grandfather, was born in Germany, from which country he came to the United States in young manhood on a sailing vessel, and after his arrival located in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, fro whence he went to Franklin county, Ohio, and there his son John was born in 1811, he being the seventh in a family of eight children.  In 1831 the family moved to Allen county and settled in Sugar Creek township, where the grandfather died.  The younger John Enslen, father of John Henry Enslen, made Sugar Creek township his home from 1831 until his death, and spent his life as a farmer.  There were eight children born to the latter, and of them John Henry Enslen was the third.
     John Henry Enslen attended the district schools of Sugar Creek township, and then for a year was a student of the Elida High School under Professor S. D. Crites.  He then began working for Charles B. Rice of Elida, who was postmaster and agent and telegrapher for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and during the two years he was with him learned something of telegraphy.  Mr. Enslen then formed a partnership with George R. Leist, under the caption of Leist & Enslen, and opened a general store at the west end of Main street, Elida, in 1887.  For the first three years he had only a third interest, but then acquired a half interest, and in 1892 became the sole proprietor, in that year erecting his present two-story brick building, which he has since occupied.  He has been very successful and has a large trade in the city and throughout the surrounding country for ten miles.  Mr. Enslen has invested to a considerable extent in real estate, and is a man of ample means.
     In 1883 John Henry Enslen was married to Ella Sawmiller, a daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Hilyard) Sawmiller, of Marion township, Allen county.  They have two children, namely: Orlo F., who married Gay Baxter, of Elida, in 1914, and they have one child, Emily Maurine; and Cretora, who is at home.  Mr. Enslen has always been a Democrat, has been town treasurer two terms, and has served on the town council and the school board.  The United Brethren Church holds his membership, and he is high in the councils of his denomination.  In every way Mr. Enslen measures up to a high standard of citizenship and richly merits the prosperity which has fallen to his share.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 141
  EMMIT E. EVERETT.  Only those who come into personal contact with Emmit E. Everett, of Lima, descendant of one of the worthy old families of Allen county, and one of the popular and successful attorneys of this section of the Buckeye state, can understand how thoroughly nature and training, habits of thought and action have enabled him to accomplish his life work and made him a fit representative of the profession to which he belongs.  He is a fine type of the sturdy, conscientious, progressive American of today - a man who unites a high order of ability with patriotism, clean morality and sound common sense, and who stands in the front rank of those who represent the best thought and action in the locality in which he lives.
     Emmit E. Everett was born in Monroe township, Allen county, Ohio, on May 21, 1876, and is the son of Jasper and Margaret (Reeder) Everett.  Both of his parents are also natives of Allen county, the father having been born in Monroe township and the mother in Jackson township.  His paternal grandparents were Jacob Doty and Elizabeth (Bush) Everett natives of Pennsylvania, and his maternal grandparents were Henry and Sarah (Hawk) Reeder, also natives of the Keystone state.  Henry Reeder walked all the way from his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Allen county, Ohio, in about 1837, blazing his way through the dense timber and locating in Jackson township.  The Everetts came to this county at about the same time and settled in Monroe township.  There Jasper Everett was born and reared, and after his marriage he settled on a farm in Monroe township, where he and his wife still live, at the respective ages of seventy and sixty-nine years.  They are the parents of the following children: Elzie, of Monroe township; Emmit E., the subject of this sketch; Vacie, the wife of Charles Lamb, of Monroe township; Alzadie, the wife of Frank Stockler, of Monroe township; and Lester and Grover, both of whom also live in Monroe township.
     Emmit E. Everett was reared on the home farm and secured his elementary education in the common schools.  At the age of eighteen years he began to teach school, teaching two years in Montgomery county, Ohio, and one year at Eldora, Hardin county, Iowa.  He then attended the graduated from the Lutheran College at Lima.  He had given considerable attention to the study of law, and in 1905 was admitted to the bar.  He entered the law department of the Ohio State University in 1903, where he was graduated in 1905, and immediately thereafter entered upon the active practice of his profession in Lima.  He holds the following college degrees:  Batchelor of Pedagogy, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws.  Mr. Everet has been very successful in the practice, and is conceded to be one of the keenest and most sagacious attorneys practicing at the local bar, and has been employed in many of the most important cases tried in the courts of Allen and adjoining counties.  From 1908 to 1916 he served as justice of the peace, giving general satisfaction because of the promptness with which he dispatched the matters coming before him and the impartiality and fairness of his decisions.
     On Aug. 26, 1900, Mr. Everett was married to Gracia Crum, who was born in Tiffin, Ohio, but was reared in Lima.  She is the daughter of Henry G. and Belle (Myers) Crum, both of whom were natives of Seneca county, Ohio.  To Mr. and Mrs. Everett have been born two sons, Paul and William Howard.
    
Politically Mr. Everett is an earnest supporter of the Democratic party, while his religious membership is with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He takes a deep interest in fraternal matters and is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has filled the chairs in the Blue Lodge, the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the Council, and the Commandery of Knights Templar, and has attained to the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Lodge No. 52, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Lodge No. 142, Knights of the Maccabees; Lodge No. 199, Loyal Order of Moose; and Camp No. 3290, Modern Woodmen of America, all at Lima.  Mr. Everett holds a position of unequivocal confidence and esteem in the community where he has labored to so goodly ends, ever discharging his duties, whether public or private, in a most conscientious manner, and winning the confidence and esteem of all who know him.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 167

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