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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
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana



  CLOUDE L. SMITH.    One of the most extensive farmers of Madison county, Ohio, is Cloude L. Smith, the member of the firm of Smith & Houston, breeders of Percheron and Belgian horses, and the operators of “Houstonia Farm,” No. 6, comprising one thousand and eighty tour acres.  This tract includes the old Robert Dunn homestead, in Somerford township, and is a part of the great “Houstonia Farm" of fifty-two hundred acres.  The operations carried by Messrs. Smith and Houston are little short of gigantic.  They have eleven head of registered Belgian horses, nine head of registered Percheron mares, and five stallions on the farm, all of which are purebreds.  Altogether they keep one hundred and twelve head of horses, all of which are very high grade.  For some time they have been engaged in raising cattle and hogs, and turned off on an average three hundred head of hogs every year.  Stock breeding was begun as an important department in the operation of this great farm about five years ago.
     Cloude L. Smith, one of the enterprising managers of this immense farm, was born on Aug. 12, 1886, in Ross county, Ohio, and came to Madison county some years ago to take charge of this farm.  He is a young man who is well experienced in the stock business and he came here especially to take charge of this department of the farm work.  Twenty men are employed on “Houstonia Farm" No. 6, and crops are rotated on the three-year plan.  There is grown on this tract about three hundred acres each of corn, wheat and clover annually.
     Mr. Smith has exhibited live stock at all the fairs in this section of the state, and in all classes, including the county and state fairs.  In 1914 he won a total of more than one hundred ribbons at the various fairs where his stock was shown.
     On Dec. 24, 1911, Cloude L. Smith was married, in Madison county, to Ola O'Donnell, the daughter of Patrick O’Donnell, of Deer Creek township, where Mrs. Smith was born and reared.  They have no children.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 768
  LUKE D. SMITH.   Improvement and progress may well be said to form the keynote in the career of Luke D. Smith, an enterprising farmer of Deer Creek township, this county, and the son of the late Henry W. Smith, a distinguished citizen of Madison county.  Not only has the son been interested in advancing his own personal and private affairs, but. like his distinguished father. his influence has been felt in the upbuilding of the community life where he lives.  Mr. Smith has been an industrious citizen, and has striven to keep abreast of the times in every and all respects.  He has worthily fulfilled the traditions of the Smith family so well established by his father, who was a conspicuous figure in the public life of this county.
     Luke D. Smith was born in London, this county, July 22, 1855, and after receiving a common-school education moved to the farm, after his marriage in 1879.  He is the son of Henry W. and Jeanette (Smith) Smith, the former of whom, at his death, was the Nestor of the Madison county bar. was born on Apr. 6, 1814, in Whitestown, Oneida county, New York, and the latter, also a native of New York, of Revolutionary stock.  They were the parents of the following children: Ellen, the wife of W. S. Squires; Mary G., the wife of G. A. Florence, of Columbus, Ohio; Luke D., the subject of this sketch; Palmer C., former mayor of London and former prosecuting attorney of Madison county, who was associated with his father, until the latter's death, in the practice of law, and, after his father’s death, with his father-in-law, until his death, in 1898, his widow now being the wife of Thomas Kinsman, of Kinsman, Ohio, and Benjamin F., a farmer of Deer Creek township, this county.  In 1882 Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Smith toured Europe.  Six years later, Mrs. Smith died.  Two years after her death, her husband passed away.
     The late Henry W. Smith’s ancestors were of English stock.  He attended the academy at Rensselaer, New York, and was reared on a farm in Jefferson county, that state.  In 1838 he came to Ohio, locating at Circleville, county seat of Pickaway county, where he read law for a time, after which, in June, 1840. he was admitted to the bar by the supreme court.  He presently settled at London, this county, and in 1840 was made prosecuting attorney, serving in that capacity from 1840 to 1844, and again, by appointment, in 1856.  He was elected again to the same office in 1860 and once more in 1864.  As a member of the Whig party, in 1848, Henry W. Smith was elected as a representative to the Ohio General Assembly and during the session of 1849 was a useful member, witnessing the enactment of a great, number of reforms, including the law permitting a party, possessing a pecuniary interest in a suit, to testify as witness in the trial thereof.  This was a radical reform and did not become a law until after the next session, the bar, in the meantime, giving it serious reflection and consideration.  Mr. Smith’s activity also resulted in the present law as to descent, which provides that the husband and wife lacking children can inherit property from each other.  This provision, however, was not adopted until a later session.  In 1853 Mr. Smith was elected to the state Senate, where his labors proved of much value and importance to the state.  In 1864 Henry W. Smith was a presidential elector, and, in 1865, became the president of the Madison National Bank, serving in that capacity until he sold out his stock and invested the proceeds in land.  Appointed collector-of internal revenue by President Grant, he handled nearly two million dollars annually during his tenure of office and gave highly satisfactory service.  Having passed military age, he was limited to ten days’ service at Camp Chase at the time of the Morgan raid during the Civil War, during all of which trying period his most ardent support was given to the cause of the Union.  In 1876 Mr. Smith was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
     Four years after coming to Ohio, Henry W. Smith married Jeanette Smith, of New York State.  Luke D. Smith, one of the children of this union; received two hundred and twenty acres of land at his father’s death, on this land at that time there having been a log stable and a part of the present house.  The place has been greatly improved by the erection of modern buildings, and today is one of the most highly improved farms to be found in Madison county.  The Smith home is located three miles north of London on the Lafayette pike.
     In 1879 Luke D. Smith was married to Grace Mayne, of Union county, Iowa, daughter of Philander and Mary J. Mayne, of the Hawkeye state, and to this union three children have been born, Laura, the wife of Dr. F. E. Noland, a dentist of London: Harriet, the wife of James A. Smith, formerly a druggist of London, but now located at Cleveland, Ohio, and Jeannette, at home with her parents, attending the London schools.
     Mr. Smith has served as township trustee for twenty years, and is also a member of the board of directors of the county infirmary.  He is a Republican and is prominent in the councils of the party in this section.  At one time he was a member of the board of directors of the County Fair Association and in other ways has displayed his earnest interest in the general advancement of material and civic conditions hereabout.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 566
  STEPHEN C. SMITH.    The gentleman whose name the reader "notes above, the proprietor of “Elmwood Stock Farm,” is the owner of two hundred and fifty-seven acres of fine land in Jefferson and Canaan townships, and is regarded as one of the most substantial citizens of that part of the county.  In addition to his farming interests, he has also been actively engaged in the timber business in Ohio, and for many years has bought and sold horses.
     Born in the neighboring county of Franklin, Stephen C. Smith did not come to this county until he was sixteen years of age.  He was born on a farm near the village of Groveport, Franklin county, Ohio, June 4, 1867, son of Stephen and Abigail (Ayers) Smith, both natives of England, Ohio, June 4, 1867, son of Stephen and Abigail (Ayers) Smith, both natives of England, the former of whom came to America before he was twenty-one years of age.  When he landed here, Stephen Smith was in debt, but he possessed plenty of energy and pluck and was not daunted by the prospect of facing new conditions without a cent.  He came to Ohio and located in Franklin county, in the Groveport neighborhood, where he prospered.  In that neighborhood there was an English girl, Abigail Ayers, who had come to this county with her parents when twelve years of age, and had grown to womanhood in the vicinity of Mr. Smith's new home.  The marriage of this couple took place in Franklin county, but they later moved to this county, locating in Jefferson township, and became well known throughout that entire section of the county.  Stephen Smith was a good farmer and became the owner of several tracts of land.  His wife was a leader in the Methodist church, and influential in all good works.
     Stephen Smith and wife were the parents of twelve children, ten of whom are still living, namely:  Thomas A., a well-known and prominent farmer of Fairfield township, this county; Richard B., a successful ranchman in Paradise Valley, Montana; Dr. R. P., a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, who is now president of the Kansas Wesleyan University at Salina, Kansas; Rev. Edward, a prominent minister in the Methodist church, now district superintendent of the Helena district, with headquarters at Butte, Montana; Stephen C., the immediate subject of this sketch; Rev. Attree, a graduate of the Garrett Biblical Institute at Chicago, now pastor of the Methodist church at Beloit, Kansas; Anna, who married Frederick McClish, a substantial farmer of the Groveport neighborhood; Abigail, unmarried, who lives at Charlotte, North Carolina; Amy M., a graduate of the Ohio Wesleyan University, and formerly a well-known teacher of German in the public schools of London, this county, who is national secretary of the Young Women’s Christian Association, with headquarters at Charlotte, North Carolina, and Catherine, who became the wife of H. A. Newcomb, of Boston, Massachusetts, a practical mechanic, who is the overseer of several large office buildings in that city.  Percy died at the age of seventeen, and Mary E. also died young.
     Stephen C. Smith was reared on the home farm in Franklin county, receiving his elementary education in the district schools of his home neighborhood, which he supplemented by a comprehensive course in the normal school at Ada, Ohio, following which he entered seriously upon the life of a farmer, a vocation to which for years he gave his most diligent and intelligent attention, with the result that he is now the possessor of two hundred and fifty-seven acres of fine land in Jefferson township, this county, and is looked upon as one of the most substantial citizens of his community.  In 1904, Mr. Smith, because of ill health, retired from active farm life and moved to West Jefferson, this county, where he built his present handsome, modern seven-room house, which is equipped with all the modern conveniences, being heated with hot water and lighted with gas.
     On Jan. 31, 1894, Stephen C. Smith was married to Carrie Price, who is a native of Franklin county, Ohio, and was formerly a well-known teacher in the public schools of Madison county.  She took up teaching after finishing her education at the normal school at Ada.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith are devoted members of the Methodist church, Mr. Smith being one of the most prominent lay workers in that church in this part of the state.  He is a member of the official board of his home church, and for several years was superintendent of the Sunday school of the same.  He represented his church as a delegate to the great Methodist men’s convention at Indianapolis in 1913, and several times has been selected as the lay delegate to the annual conferences of the church.  He and his wife are actively interested in all good works in their neighborhood, and very properly are held in the highest esteem throughout the community.
    Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics and has always been interested in local affairs,  and has taken a very active part in temperance work.  Fraternally, he is a Mason, and is the present master of Madison Lodge No. 221, Free and Accepted Masons.  For several years Mr. Smith served as president and general manager of the Farmers Telephone Company, and in all movements that make for the betterment and progress of his home community he takes an active interest.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 791
  STEPHEN M. SMITH.    Stephen M. Smith is a successful farmer living on rural route No. 1, out of Plain City, Ohio.  He is a native of Darby township, Madison county, Ohio, born on May 12, 1853, the son of John W. and Esther (Keyes) Smith.
     John W. Smith, the father of Stephen M., was born in Scioto county, Ohio, May 22, 1824, the son of Orson Smith, a native of Vermont, who came to Ohio and located in Scioto county.  Orson Smith had three sons by his first marriage, Horatio, John W. and Stephen.  He was married the second time to a Miss Kimball, and to them were born three daughters and a son, Mariah, Caroline, Ira and Elvira.  John W. Smith moved to Union county with his parents early in life and grew to manhood in that county.  He was married to Esther Keyes and to them were born ten children, eight of whom are now living.  These children are: John A., who is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, Ohio, and is now a lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio, in the firm of John A. Smith & Son; Winnie, the wife of Esau Reed, of near Broadway, Ohio; Stephen M., the subject of this sketch; Elmira, the wife of James Baldwin, of near Broadway; Anson, who is a farmer in Lake county, Ohio; Orson E., a farmer in Darby township, Madison county; May, who is the wife of a Mr. Hart, an attorney in Cleveland, Ohio; Laton, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ellen and Loren are deceased.
     Stephen M. Smith, who was reared on a farm in Union county, Ohio, and educated in the public schools of that county, attended Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and after finishing his college education became a teacher in Union county. teaching for two terms.
     On June 16, 1874, Stephen M. Smith was married to Frances Carpenter, the daughter of Rodney and Arvilla (Keyes) Carpenter, and to them were born two sons.  John W., June 23, 1875, who is married and lives in Texas; and Earl, July 18, 1882, married Luto Edwards and lives in Delaware county, Ohio.
     After his marriage Mr. Smith took up farming on his father's farm and in 1875 bought the farm where he now lives, consisting of one hundred and three acres.
     On Apr. 27, 1899, Mrs. Frances Smith died and four years later, in 1903.  Mr. Smith was married to Mrs. Viola Wells, who was born in Kane county, Illinois, June 4, 1851, and who was brought to Union county, Ohio, by her parents when six months old.  They located in Jerome township and she was educated in the district schools of that township and in the select school, where she spent two terms.
     Mrs. Smith had also been previously married, her first husband being Joseph Wells.  Before her marriage to Joseph Wells, her name was Viola McKitrick and she was married to Mr. Wells on Oct. 15, 1871.  To them were born three sons, two of whom are living, Clare and GuyClare was born on Feb. 15, 1876, and married Laura Gossage, of Columbus. Ohio.  Guy was born on Oct. 27, 1880, and married Grace Bigelow.  They live at Perrysville, Ohio.  Everett Wells, born on Sept. 24. 1878, died in 1891.
     Stephen M. Smith is a member of Pleasant Valley Lodge No. 193, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was formerly a noble grand in this lodge.  He was a member of the Daughters of Rebekah.  Formerly, Mr. Smith was a member of the Grange.  He is a Republican but has never taken a very active part in political affairs
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 701
  WADE H. SMITH, D. V. S.    The sympathy which mankind extends to the dumb brutes of creation. the “little brothers,” who are unable to voice their feelings in a manner capable of close interpretation to that higher order ‘of the animal creation which the great God has endowed with articulate speech, is one of the most convincing evidences that man, indeed, was created but little lower than the angels.  The pleading of the eloquent eyes of one of the domestic animals, gazing at one of-the-acknowledged “lords of creation” with mute appeal to bring relief to the sufferings which it cannot voice, is one of the most pathetic sights in all nature, and no one can behold such a sight without experiencing a new respect for the self-sacrificing doctors of veterinary surgery who are ever ready to respond to the call to bring relief to the sufferings of stricken animals, and without acknowledging anew that these devoted surgeons are indeed far in the front ranks of public benefactors.  Among the several surgeons in Madison county whose lives have been devoted to the relief of the sufferings of the brute creation, none is better known or is held in higher esteem than the doctor whose name heads this review, and the biographer finds it a pleasant task to present for the information of the readers of this valuable volume a brief epitome of his life's history.
     Wade H. Smith was born on a farm in Franklin county, Ohio, on June 27, 1868, son of Josiah O. and Nancy (Lane) Smith, the former of whom was born near the city of Hagerstown, Maryland, and the latter was a native of Franklin county, member of a pioneer family in that county, both of whom are now deceased.  Josiah O. Smith came to Ohio from Maryland with his parents when he was about eight years of age and grew to manhood on a farm near Fivepoints, in Pickaway county.  There he married, after which he settled on a farm in Franklin county, reclaiming this farm from the forest wilderness in which it was located and became a successful farmer, he and his wife rearing their family there and becoming recognized as among the most influential and useful members of that community.
     To Josiah O. and Nancy (Lane) Smith were born ten children, namely:  Sarah A. died in August, 1915, wife of George Worthington, of Franklin county; Dr. E. H., a well-known physician, of South Vienna, this state; Mary, wife of John Snyder, of Mt. Sterling, this county; Clara, wife of William Neville, of Delaware county, this state; Lou Emma, wife of Joseph Weaver, of South Vienna; Theodosia, wife of Crosby Brandt, of South Solon, this county; Dr. Wade H., the immediate subject of this sketch, and F. H., a well-known attorney, of Columbus, Ohio; Alice May, wife of James Redman, of London, this county; and Vincent, died at the age of five.  The parents of these children remained on the Franklin county homestead until their retirement from the active life of the farm, at which time they moved to the pleasant village of West Jefferson.  They died a few years later at South Vienna, Ohio.
     Reared on the Franklin county homestead, Wade H. Smith received his elementary education in the district school of his home neighborhood and remained on the farm until he was twenty-two years of age.  From his earliest youth he found himself possessed of a deep sympathy for the sufferings of the domestic animals and developed a singular aptitude in the treatment of their ailments.  Deciding to devote his life to the relief of the sufferings of man’s faithful dumb friends, he entered the veterinary college at Toronto, Canada, taking the full course there, and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Surgery.  Upon receiving his diploma, Doctor Smith immediately located in West Jefferson, this county, and ever since has been engaged in the practice of his humane profession, being known far and wide hereabout as a Veterinarian of unusual skill.  It was in 1894 that Doctor Smith located at West Jefferson and during the past twenty years he has done wonders in this section in the way of alleviating the sufferings of the domestic animals.  He is widely and prominently known in the ranks of his profession and is a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Association at Columbus, in the affairs of which he ever takes an active and influential part.
     In November, 1890, Dr. Wade H. Smith was united in marriage to Emma Wright, to which union was born one child, a daughter, Clara, who married Lewis Bourbon, of St. Louis, Missouri.  Mrs. Smith died in 1891 and Doctor Smith married, secondly, July 20, 1893, Jennie Jones, who was born in Clark county, this state, and to this second union two children have been born, Richard, a painting contractor, of West Jefferson, and Mary, a recent graduate of the West Jefferson high school.  Doctor and Mrs. Smith are prominent in the community life of their home town, being interested in all good works hereabout and are held in the very highest esteem by their many friends.
     Doctor Smith is a Democrat and has given close attention to the political affairs of the county since taking up his residence here.  For two years he served as treasurer of the corporation of West Jefferson and for three years served as a member of the town council, in all his public acts performing his duty to the people with the utmost regard for the common good.  A good citizen and an excellent neighbor, he has won a high place in the regard of the community at large and has the full confidence of all who know him.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 556
  JAMES RANKIN STROUP.    Range township, Madison county, Ohio, enjoys the distinction of having furnished to the various municipalities of the United States five different mayors.  Judge D. C. Badger was mayor of Columbus, Ohio; John B. Koontz served as mayor of Washington C. H., Ohio; M. C. Allen, as mayor of Nevada, Iowa; W. S. Stroup, as mayor of Dunkirk, Ohio; and James Rankin Stroup, the subject of this sketch, is now serving his fifth term as mayor of South Solon.  Mr. Stroup is a familiar personage to every man, woman and child of South Solon.  He is widely known for miles around as the mayor of South Solon, as the founder of the South Solon Advance, and as an all-round business man and farmer.   He has been a familiar figure in both the political and social arena of this section, and has made himself popular among the inhabitants by kind deeds, willing hands and active support to all worthy projects for the benefit of the community and those around him.  He is the one man needed in every community to fall back upon when energy and willingness are needed to promote the general welfare.
     James Rankin Stroup was born in Range township, Madison county, Ohio, Mar. 9, 1844, and is the son of William and Caroline M. (Rankin) Stroup, the former of whom was born in Madison county, Ohio, and was the son of John and Rebecca (Grimes) Stroup John and Rebecca (Grimes) Stroup were natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, respectively, and among the first settlers in Madison county, Ohio.  They established a pioneer home in Paint township, and spent the remainder of their lives there.
     William and Caroline M. (Rankin) Stroup had eight children, five of whom are living.  The deceased children are Rebecca F., who married William McCune, of Columbus; John M., who died in Midway, Madison county; and Joshua, who died in California.  Both William McCune and his wife are deceased.  The living children are: James Rankin, the Subject of this sketch; William Edwin of Dunkirk, Ohio, who has been in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad for the last thirty-five years; Sarah E., who lives in Chicago; Margaret C., who lives in California; and Harry L., who is train dispatcher in New York city.  William Stroup was engaged in the mercantile business at Midway for many years.  During the latter part of his life he was engaged in the grain business at Lima, where he died in 1885.   His wife died ten years previously.
     Born in Range township and educated in the common schools at Sedalia, James Rankin Stroup clerked in his father's store until 1861.  When he was seventeen years old he enlisted in Company D, Fortieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was one of the first of the young men to respond to President Lincoln's call for volunteers.  He participated in James A. Garfield's first battle at Middle Creek, Kentucky.  Colonel Garfield was commanding a brigade at the time, Jan. 10, 1862.
     After the war Mr. Stroup came back to his native county, and for several years was engaged in farming and selling farm products.  During that period he raised pure bred Jersey cattle and hogs. In 1889 he removed to South Solon, and in 1902 founded the South Solon Advance, an enterprising newspaper of that section.  In 1902 he was elected mayor of South Solon and served eight years, until 1910.  In 1914 he was re-elected mayor and is now serving his fifth term.  Mr. Stroup is also justice of the peace and a notary public.  He is likewise engaged in the real-estate and loan business.  As mayor of South Solon his efforts have ever been for the benefit of the town, and as the result of his election the town has many needed improvements.  His projects for benefiting the community have been entirely impartial.  He is a newspaper man of considerable note, and has built up the South Solon Advance until it is a thriving and newsy sheet, well patronized and widely read.  Among his other interests, Mr. Stroup owns a farm of fifty-eight acres in Range township.  He also owns a splendid modern home in South Solon.
     On Oct. 20, 1863, James Rankin Stroup was married to Martha Haskell, a daughter of David and Ann (Kenton)' HaskellMrs. Stroup’s mother was a daughter of Simon Kenton, a nephew of the famous Kenton of pioneer times.  Mr. Haskell was born in Utica, New York, and his wife at Xenia, Ohio.  They were married at Xenia.  The Haskells were farmers and stockmen throughout life and lived in Range township after their marriage.  Mr. Haskell died in 1803, and his wife died in 1911.
     Mr. and Mrs. Stroup have had three children, as follow: Haskell, born on Sept. 3, 1864, lives in Range township, near Danville; Grace, born in1879, died in 1901; Anna C. died at the age of two years.  Mr. and Mrs. Stroup celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Oct. 20, 1913, at their home in South Solon.  There were about eighty guests and they received many presents.  The Springfield News mentioned the event as one of the most interesting in the history of Stokes township.
     Mr. Stroup resides with his wife and granddaughter in a fine residence in South Solon.  He is as active, as quick in wit and conception, and as deft in his literary work as a young man.  He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. of South Solon, and is quartermaster of the post.  He is also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, at Springfield, Ohio.  Mrs. Stroup is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, at South Solon.  James Rankin Stroup is identified with the Democratic party.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 780
  JOHN M. STROUP is a hard-working and industrious farmer of Stokes township, Madison county, Ohio, born on a farm in that township, Mar. 27, 1877.  He is a son of John and Sarah E. (Thomas) Stroup.  His father is also a native of Stokes township, born on the same farm, and he was a son of Joseph Stroup, a native of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Stroup's mother was a daughter of James Thomas and wife. 
     John Milton Stroup
is one of four children born to his parents, all of whom are living: Bertha, living at home; Walter married Bertha Gordon, and they live in Green county; John Milton, the immediate subject of this brief review; and Charles married Mary Stroble and they live in the Hoosier state.
     John Stroup, the father of John Milton Stroup, was educated for the ministry, and has been engaged in that profession for the past thirty years.  He is an evangelist in the Methodist Episcopal church, but makes his home in Stokes township.  Mrs. John Stroup is the owner of a well-improved farm of nineteen acres in Stokes township.
     Educated in the common schools of Madison county, Ohio, John Milton Stroup remained at home until he had reached his majority.  On Feb. 16, 1898, he was married to Della Winfield, a daughter of Hampton and Lettie (Cast) Winfield, both of whom are living at Clarksville, Ohio.  To this union three children have been born, all of whom are living: Gerald D., born on Jan. 26, 1899, is now a student in the high school; Ella Marie, Jan. 9, 1901, is a student in the public schools; Leah Louise, Jan. 27, 1906.
     Mr. Stroup owns fifty acres of well-improved land north of South Solon, about three
quarters of a mile.  He is a general farmer and stockman, and is prominent in the community where he lives.
     Fraternally, Mr. Stroup is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, at Springfield, Ohio.  As a Republican he has served his township as road supervisor for the past six years, and has given preeminent satisfaction in this community.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 778


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