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A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio
Vol. II

by Wm. Rusler - Publ.
1921

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  JAMES M. WALLACE - See William O. Wallace
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 292
  WILLIAM O. WALLACE.  In every community of Allen County there are found men who have risen above their fellows in business and agricultural life, not because of superior advantages, but because their natural abilities and mental endowments created opportunities of which they have taken advantage.  It is section like this, where good and reliable men are easily found, he is indeed worthy of consideration who has been given preferment over his fellows.  In this connection mention is made of William O. Wallace, a veteran of the Civil war and a highly respected farmer living three and one-half miles southeast of Columbus Grove, in Monroe Township.
     Mr. Wallace was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Sept. 9, 1838, a son of John and Rebecca (Poyer) Wallace, natives of Pennsylvania.  He is descended from ancestors who were natives of France, from which country, because of religious persecution, they came to America and settled on the Hudson River in New York.  The branch of the family to which he belongs later went to North Carolina, whence members moved on to Pennsylvania.  John and Rebecca Wallace resided in the Keystone State until 1846, in which year they came to Allen County and settled in Bath Township, subsequently moving to Monroe Township, where they passed the remainder of long, useful and honorable lives in the pursuits of agriculture.  They were faithful and stalwart members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Wallace was an exhorter for many years.  In politics he was a democrat.  He and his wife had four children, of whom two are living: William O. and Harriet, the widow of Jacob Hall of Monroe Township.
     William O. Wallace was eight years of age when he was brought to Allen County, and his education was acquired in the district schools of Monroe Township, where he assisted his father in the clearing and cultivation of his farms.  In 1861 he was united in Company C, One Hundred and Ninety-Second Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, an organization with which he fought bravely until the close of the Civil war.  Returning to Monroe Township, he resumed farming as a renter and that continued to be his status until 1874, when he purchased land where he now resides.  He has been successful in his farming operations and is the owner of a valuable property on which there are to be found improvements of the most modern character.  Throughout his career he has borne the reputation of being a man of the soundest integrity and a citizen of public spirit and constructive ideas.  He is a member of Ogilvie Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Columbus Grove, and a republican in politics.  He has several important business connections, and is a stockholder in the Columbus Grove Mutual Telephone Company.
     Mrs. Wallace died in 1911, leaving four children: Clara T., the wife of J. L. Turner of Columbus Grove; Mary, the wife of J. H. Hooper, of Lima; James M. and W. H. WallaceJAMES M. WALLACE was educated in the public schools of Monroe Township and has passed his entire career in farming on the home property.  He is accounted one of the progressive agriculturists of this region, and has been active in politics, having been a member of the Monroe Township Republican Executive Committee, and for five years a member of the Board of Elections, affiliated with Columbus Grove Lodge No. 376, Knights of Pythias, in which he has numerous war and appreciative friends.
Source:  A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - Publ. Chicago: Warner i.e. Warner, Beers & Co., 1921 - Page 291
  ELMER W. WILKIN.  One of the owners of extensive farming interests in Allen County, the gentleman whose name initiates this sketch, Elmer W. Wilkin is the peer of any of his fellows in the qualities that constitute good citizenship, possessing not only those powers, which render men efficient in the material affairs of life, but also those traits which mark refined social intercourse, and as a large-hearted, whole-souled gentleman no man in his community commands more fully the good will of the people.
     Elmer W. Wilkin, whose property, known as Pleasant Hill Farm, is located one and a half miles southeast of Spencerville, was born in Spencer Township on Apr. 15, 1883.  He is the son of Tilmon and Sarah Elizabeth (Biner) Wilkin, the former a native of Licking County and the latter of Tuscarawas County, this state.  Tilmon Wilkin first came to Allen County and was here married to a Miss Clauson, to which union were born two children, one of whom Charles M., of Van Wert Township, is living.  After the death of his first wife Mr. Wilkin was married to Sarah Elizabeth Biner and to this union were born eleven children, eight of whom are now living, as follows: John E., of Lima; Byron of Michigan; Leroy, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and now stationed at Osborn, Ohio; Vernon H., of Spencer Township; Elmer W.; Alice, the wife of Elza Shaffer, of Spencer Township; Anna the widow of S. F. Kephart of Spencer Township; Lillian the wife of Robert D. Long of Auglaize County.
     Elmer E. Wilkin was reared on the paternal farmstead and secured his education in the public schools, being a graduate of the Spencerville High School, class of 1903.  He taught school for twenty-three months and attended the Northern Ohio University at Ada.  In 1908 Mr. Wilkin rented the home farm, and he operated until 1911 when he bought the forty-acre farm where he now lives.  He also has another forty acres, which he has improved and brought up to a fine state  of cultivation.  He uses sound judgment in his farm work and is considered a man of excellent ideas relating to agriculture, being numbered among the progressive farmers of his community.
     On May 10, 1906, Mr. Wilkin was married to Anna L. Beerman, the daughter of William and Julia A. Beerman.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilkin are members of the Reformed Church and Mr. Wilkin is assistant superintendent of the Sunday school connected with that Lodge No. 251, Knights of Pythias, of which he is past chancellor and a member of the grand lodge.  He and his wife are members of the Pythian Sisters, of which Mr. Wilkin is a past chief and member of the grand lodge.  Both are also members of the American Insurance Union.  Politically, he gives his support of the democratic party and has severed two years as a member of the School Board.  He was one of the organizers and is now secretary and a director of the Farmers Union Elevator at Spencerville.  His life history has been distinguished by the most substantial qualities of Character and he stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow citizens.
Source: A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio - Vol. II - by Wm. Rusler - Publ. 1921 - Page 189

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