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HISTORY OF HARDIN COUNTY, OHIO
Containing
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches,
Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Military
Record; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent
Men; History of the Northwest Territory;
History of Ohio; Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co.
1883.

Blanchard Twp. -
B. L. LARIMER, grocer, Dunkirk, was born Nov. 12, 1859, in West Virginia, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Huston) Larimer, the latter a native of Ohio and of German and Irish parentage.  His father was a native of Pennsylvania, where he received his education.  He was a school teacher by occupation; moved to Ohio in1864, settling in Hardin County, where, the following year, he was killed in an accident.  The subject of this sketch came, in 1864, with his parents to this county, and was educated in Dunkirk.  For two years he was employed in the post office and clerked in the hardware store of Haldeman & Huston.  Since 1880, he has been a dealer in groceries, provisions, etc.  He has two sisters - Lulu, at home, and Effa, married to Willice Gottlier (deceased two years ago), by whom she had three children - Thomas, Elizabeth and Anna.  For over a year Mr. Larimer has been a member of the I. O. O. F. Dunkirk Lodge, No. 624, and is one of hte rising business men of that town.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 880
Dudley Twp. -
MILTON LEE farmer, P. O. Kenton, was born Jan. 14, 1856, in Marion County, this State. His father, William Lee, was one of family of seven, four boys and three girls, and was of Irish descent. The mother of our subject, Emily Lee, fourth of a family of five, two boys and three girls, one deceased, was the daughter of Robert and Martha (Friend) Clendenin, who were natives of Virginia, emigrated to Kentucky, thence came to Pickaway County, Ohio, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  In November, 1877, our subject was united in marriage with Margaret, born July 9, 1856, in Buck Township, this county, and daughter of Hosea Johnson, of German descent.  By this union there have been three children born.  Mr. Lee has followed farming for his occupation, and is useful citizen of Dudley Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 901
Blanchard Twp. -
AARON LEHR, farmer, P. O. Dunkirk, was born Nov. 6, 1825, in Union County, Penn.  His paternal grandfather was John Lehr.  The subject of this sketch received his education in Pennsylvania; moved to Ohio in 1854; lived for ten yeas in Sandusky County and then, in 1864, came to Hardin County.  He was a blacksmith by trade, and worked at it for nine or ten years; and also pursued the trade of a carpenter for fifteen houses and his residence.  He was married, in Pennsylvania, to Lucetta Houtch, born Aug. 30, 1830, in the eastern part of Pennsylvania.  Four who was educated in Dunkirk and at the Ada Normal School, and has been a teacher for seven terms:  L. A. M., a music teacher in Dunkirk.  Mr. Lehr served for one year in the One Hundred and Seventy-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B.  He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church, where the former has been an Elder and Sabbath School Treasurer.  Mr. Lehr has been a Township Trustee and a member of the City Council.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 880
Blanchard Twp. -
JOSEPH R. LINDSEY, deceased, was born, Aug. 3, 1820, in Madison County, Ohio, and died June 13, 1881. He was a son of John and Sarah (Ray) Lindsey, of Irish and Scotch ancestry.  He was raised in Madison County until twelve years of age, when he lived in Marion County until 1865, since which time he resided in Hardin County.  He was, by occupation, a farmer, also a dealer in stock, and owned eighty acres of land in Blanchard Township; forty-two and a half acres located in Section 21, and the remainder in Section 27.  He married, Jan. 5, 1843, Lydia, daughter of Joshua and Isabel (McReay) Cope, of English-Irish and Scotch lineage.  This union resulted in ten children, four living, viz., Sarah R., Mary Ann, Joshua J. and John T.  The six deceased are Isabella M., Jane C., William, Elon S., Cordelia and Elizabeth H.  Mr. Lindsey and his wife were members of the Christian Church.  Mr. Lindsey, filled the office of School Director and Township Trustee and, in politics, was a Republican.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 880
Blanchard Twp. -
E. C. LONGABAUGH, farmer P. O. Dunkirk, was born Apr. 13, 1838, in Wyandot County, Ohio, and is a son of John and Samantha (Cutting) Longabaugh.  His father was of German and Irish descent and a native of Ohio; his mother of English lineage and a native of New York.  Our subject taught school for five terms in Belle Vernon; he is now engaged in farming.  He was married, Apr. 23, 1868, to Amanda Whetsel, born in 1838 in Seneca County, Ohio, and a daughter of John Wetsel, of Pennsylvania.  Five children have been born to this union, viz., Sarah E., John, Samantha E., R. B. Hays and Charles EdwinMrs. Longabaugh was a graduate at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, and was a school teacher.  Our subject was a member of the Eighty-first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company D, and of the Fifteenth Regiment Three Minute Service, Company D.  He was in service three year; and was wounded in the mouth (from which wound he temporarily lost his speech) May 16, 1864, at Rome, Ga., on the march to the sea.  He owns 338 acres of land in Blanchard Township, Sections 8 ad 17, and 168 acres in Section 21, Washington Township.  He was a member of the Good Templars; is a member of the Masonic Lodge at McCutchinville; of the Knights of Honor; of the Grange; was a State Representative of the lodge and Worthy Master.  He is a Republican in politics, and is one of the prosperous farmers of Blanchard Township.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 881
Blanchard Twp. -
P. LONGFELLOW, of the firm of Fry & Longfellow, liveryman, of Dunkirk, was born Sept. 7, 1836, in Champaign County, this State.  He was reared in his native place, near West Liberty, and was married to Elizabeth Clingman, a native of Hancock County, Ohio.  To this union have been born four children, one deceased - Mary Ann (deceased), Charles, Joseph and Ellen (wife of J. K. Karns).  Mr. Longfellow enlisted in the Eighty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company G, and served four years.  He was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville, Va., and confined twelve days in Libby Prison.  He was slightly wounded by a minie ball.  Mr. Longfellow owns real estate in Dunkirk, and is one of the useful citizens of that place.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 881
Blanchard Twp. -
LUTHER C. LOUTHAN, book-keeper and teacher, Dunkirk, was born June 20, 1856, and is a son of Samuel M. and Mary A. (Fullerton) Louthan.  His father was born in Beaver ounty, Penn., Sept. 20, 1801, and is of Scotch descent.  He was brought up on a farm, afterward learning carpentering, and was married, on Oct. 18, 1825, to Annie Grossgross.  By this union he had two children - Moses and Mary.  His companion died on Jan. 30, 1832, and was married again, April 15, 1834, to Ellen McConnell, by which union there were born three children, viz., John M., Elizabeth J. and James W.  His wife, Ellen, died on Aug. 17, 1841.  Left again, and with five children, he formed a third marriage, Dec. 27, 1842, and Miss Mary A. Fullerton, who still survives.  The results of this union have been nine children, their names as follows: Joseph F., Samuel M., William H., Catherine A., Aaron R., Hiram, Luther C., our subject, Martha E. and Rebecca.  Eight have survived out of a family of fourteen children.  Samuel M., Catherine  and Aaron died in infancy, while Elizabeth J., John and Joseph lived to attain maturity.  Mr. Louthan, Sr. thinking there were broader fields for a fortune in Ohio, started in a wagon with his wife and six children for that State, reaching Hardin County on May 17, 1849.  On Apr. 3, 1851, he bought his present farm in Blanchard Township.  Neighbors were few and far between, and the land was covered with forest, but with energy and perseverance, and with the assistance of his sons, he succeeded in clearing the woods, and is now enjoying the results of his labors, after passing through all the hardships and inconveniences incident to pioneer life.  At the breaking-out of the war, four sons took up arms in the defense of their country, all of whom passed through the entire war, coming home without a scratch or scar.  James W. enlisted Apr. 16, 1861, serving to the close; Joseph F. enlisted in Company G, Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Nov. 12, 1861, re-enlisted Jan. 1, 1863; John M. enlisted in September, 1862, in the Ohio Independent Sharpshooters, and was subsequently chosen for Sherman's Headquarter Guards; Moses was drafted on November, 1864, and taken to Bermuda Hundred, Va., and, being a good Penman, was appointed Commissary Clerk.  Luther C. Louthan, the subject of this sketch, is of a very studious nature, and takes great interest in the tales told by his father of the old pioneer days.  His father is now eighty-two years old.  Our subject follows teaching and book-keeping, in both of which vocations he is very proficient, and acquits himself with satisfaction.
Source: History of Hardin Co., Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 881

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