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Source:
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
- ILLUSTRATED -
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana
1915

 

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  FLOYD ALKIRE.  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, Ohio.
     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

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