History of Madison County, Ohio
Its People, Industries and Institutions
Chester E. Bryan, Supervising Editor
With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
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Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
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Few citizens are so widely known in Madison county, Ohio, as
Floyd Alkire, for in his mercantile associations he
commands the respect of every customer and in his private
life he is the soul of honor. The name of Floyd
Alkire is closely woven into the hearts of his host of
admirers, in that he has that rare gift, a beautiful voice
and with that voice he possesses the soul of an artist and
the execution of a professional. He has always been
most liberal with his talent, singing in church and
assisting the home people with their numerous
entertainments. Floyd Alkire was born on May
10, 1888, in Pleasant township, Madison county, Ohio,
and is the son of William and Nevada (Beatty) Alkire.
Four children comprise this family group: Mrs.
Essie Claridge, of Nashville, Tennessee; Rife, a
farmer in Madison county, Ohio; Floyd, a merchant of
Mt. Sterling, Ohio, and Homer, of Mt. Sterling.
William Alkire was born on July 20, 1857, in Mt.
Sterling, Ohio, and was a prominent Madison county farmer,
since retired, and now living on the old home place.
The parents of William Alkire, Abraham and Mary J.
(Tanner) Alkire, were both natives of Virginia.
Nevada Beatty was born on July 29, 1858, at Washington,
Reared on the farm and obtaining the elementary
branches of his education from the public schools at Mt.
Sterling, Ohio, Floyd Alkire, realizing the value of
a broad, comprehensive training, continued his studies in a
general course at Defiance, Ohio, and during that period
developed a rich baritone voice of wide range, in the school
of voice culture. Actuated from principles of the
highest moral and intellectual standards, Floyd Alkire,
having acquired the most important attributes for permanent
success and continued happiness, continued to maintain his
high ethical standards and remained on the farm until 1906.
He then entered the Citizens Bank, at Mt. Sterling, Ohio,
where he was employed in the capacity of bookkeeper, from
which position he resigned in 1907.
Desirous of securing a more extended knowledge of
business affairs and gaining a more practical knowledge,
from personal observation, for a business location, Floyd
Alkire, after his resignation at the bank in 1907, made
an extended tour of several of the southern states,
including Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas, employing his time
in the vocation of bookkeeper at different points, thereby
obtaining a more general knowledge of the country and its
people, than could have been gleaned from a journey of
practically continuous travel.
Convinced that Mt. Sterling, Ohio, offered satisfactory
inducements for future developments, Floyd Alkire
returned from his travels and in the old familiar town
secured employment in the grocery store of G. M. Fisher
and served in that capacity until 1911. At that time
he decided to enter the commercial field for himself and
with his brother, Homer, purchased a hardware store,
which carries a large and well-selected stock of hardware
merchandise, and through the courtesy and management of
these brothers this establishment has attracted a large
patronage from the surrounding country.
In 1912 Floyd Alkire was married to Maud
Loofbourrow, who was born in 1883, in Madison county,
Ohio. She is the daughter of Alvin and Mary (Neff)
Loofbourrow. To Floyd and Maud (Loofbourrow)
Alkire one child has been born, Juanita. Mr.
Alkire is a member of the Christian church. He is
an independent voter.
Mr. Alkire is affable and popular in all his
dealings with the people of this section and willing to lend
aid to all deserving enterprises for the best interests of
the town and people.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated -
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis,
Indiana - 1915 - Page 834