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Source:  
A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
1921

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  CHARLES L. FESS, one of the representative members of the Allen county bar, is engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Lima, the metropolis and judicial center of his native county, and is a scion of a family whose name has been long and worthily identified with the history of this county.  He was born on a farm near the present village of Harrod, which was not at that time platted, and the date of his nativity was Mar. 2, 1866.  He is a son of Henry and Barbara (Herring) Fess, and has six brothers and two sisters, the eldest brother.  Hon. Simeon D. Fess, represented this district in the United States Congress for four terms and is still serving.  The original representative of the family in Allen county came here at an early day, from Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and the family name has here been primarily prominent in connection with farm industry and educational matters.
     Mr. Fess passed the period of his childhood and youth on the farm home, and through its sturdy discipline and the advantages afforded him in the district schools, he waxed strong and vigorous in mental and physical powers.  He taught school ten years.  Thereafter he attended the Ohio Northern University, at Ada, Hardin county, and in the law department of his institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1899, his reception of the degree of Bachelor of Laws being virtually coincident with his admission to the bar of his native state.  Prior to his graduation Mr. Fees had made an excellent record in the pedagogic profession, his service in which included one term as a teacher in the high school at Spencerville, Allen county, and also specially effective work as superintendent of schools at Beaverdam, this county, a position which he retained from 1897 until 1901, while in the meantime he completed his course in the law school.  In 1901 Mr. Fess established an office in the Metropolitan building at Lima and engaged in the practice of law, in which he has developed a substantial and representative business and established a reputation as a discriminating counselor and resourceful trial lawyer.  Mr. Fess is a well fortified advocate and supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party, is affiliated with the local organizations of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Woodmen of the World, and both he and his wife hold membership in Trinity Church, Methodist Episcopal, in their home city.
     In February, 1917, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Fess to Miss Maude Van Vlerah, and they have one child, Donald O.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 140
  HAROLD FISHER, who has a very interesting service record as a soldier, came to Lima after leaving the army, and is employing his expert talents as manager and owner of a garage, repair shop and accessory business at 133-135 East Spring street.  He was born in Greensburg township, Putnam county, Ohio, a son of Charles Thomas and Sarah (Shirey) Fisher and is of English ancestry.  His grandfather, Edward Fisher, came from London, England, was a stone cutter and mason by trade, and after locating in Greensburg township of Putnam county took up farming as a vocation.  Among his four children Charles T. Fisher was the second, and has spent his active career as a farmer and machinist, he and his wife living at Lima.
     Harold Fisher acquired a public school education in Putnam county and grew up a strong and vigorous youth, so that at the age of fourteen when he left school he was able to obtain employment as a yard clerk for the Pere Marquette Railroad Company at Plymouth, Michigan.  A year later he was made a brakeman, being the youngest man in that capacity on the road, and served three years.  He left railroading at the age of nineteen, and then entered the automobile business as foreman for the Hudson Motor Sales Company at Akron.  He was there two years, and then joined Gramm-Bernstein Company of Lima as a road tester.
     In May, 1918, he enlisted for the army, spent nine years at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, a month and a half in training as a wagoner at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, and was attached to the 114th Ammunition /train of the 39th division.  He sailed for France Aug. 12, 1918, landing at Brest, and was soon appointed dispatch rider with a motor cycle and performed that interesting and frequently dangerous service riding over the roads of France for three and a half months.  On account of his special skill he was then placed in charge of a large motor repair and truck station at St. Nazaire, ranking as sergeant, senior grade.  May 18, 1919, he sailed for home, landed at New York May 30, 1919, and after ten days in Camp Merritt, New Jersey, was mustered out at Camp Sherman, June 12, 1919.
     Soon afterward Mr. Fisher returned to Lima and bought the established automobile and garage business on East Spring street, and his abilities have given the business much prestige with car owners all over Allen county.  Mr. Fisher is independent in politics and a member of the Allen County Auto Trade Association.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 107

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