Commemorative Biographical Records
including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.
Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co.
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Mr. Deemer, who is treasurer of Williams county, is a man
whose ability, integrity, and public spirit have won for him the
confidence of his fellow-citizens in an unusual degree. Although his
county is normally Democratic by about three hundred votes, he was
chosen to his present responsible office in 1896 by a majority of six
hundred, showing his popularity among all classes and parties.
Mr. Deemer comes of honorable ancestry, his
great-grandfather, John Deemer, a native of France, having
volunteered as a soldier in the American Revolutionary army under
General Lafayette, with whom he came to this country. After doing
gallant service in the struggle for American independence, he settled in
Pennsylvania at the close of the war.
Philip Deemer, our subject's grandfather,
was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and at an early day located in
Columbiana county, Ohio, his remaining years being spent in farming
about four miles northeast of New Lisbon. His wife, Rosanna (Stacher),
who also died near New Lisbon, was of German descent, but her ancestors
had been residents of Pennsylvania for many years.
John Deemer, the father of our subject, was born
November 12, 1827, at the old homestead near New Lisbon, and on arriving
at manhood he engaged in business in the town of Columbiana as a brick
manufacturer and broom maker. Later he carried on a hardware business
there, and for many years he was a leading citizen of the place. On
January 1, 1852, he was married in Williams county, nine miles northeast
of Bryan, to Miss Martha Bushong, who died in Columbiana March
12, 1871. He afterward married a second wife, and his death occurred at
Columbiana May 28, 1875. In religious faith he was a Methodist, as was
also his first wife, both being devout members of the Church at
Columbiana. He had three children, who lived to mature age, all by his
first marriage: William M., a resident of Jefferson township,
Williams county, is a farmer, and is also interested in business as a
tinner. Jacob Edward, who resides at Pueblo, Colorado, is
the manager for a large grocery company.
The subject of our sketch, who is the youngest member
of the family, was born in Columbiana, June 29, 1862, and his education
was begun in the schools of that town. At the age of fourteen years he
came to Williams county, where he worked for some time at farming,
saving his earnings in order to secure better school privileges. By this
means he managed to pay his way at the normal school at Fayette, Ohio,
for two years, and later for three years he attended the Northwestern
Normal and Collegiate Institute, at Wauseon, Ohio, the necessary funds
being obtained by teaching. After completing his course in the latter
institution he continued his teaching for a time, making eleven terms in
all, and during the last two years he spent his spare time in reading
law. In 1889 he was appointed clerk in the United States Census Office
at Washington, D. C.,-where he remained until May, 1893, and the
following summer he spent in Elizabethton, East Tennessee. On the day
previous to election he returned to Williams county, and settled upon a
farm in Jefferson township, of which he became the owner in 1889. The
care of this estate has occupied his attention largely, but he finds
time to participate actively in all local movements of importance and
especially in political affairs. From his youth he has been an ardent
supporter of Republican principles, and his sound judgment has caused
his advice to be sought in the councils of the party. For seven years he
served as a member of the county executive and central committees, and
on August 31, 1895, he was nominated by the county convention against
four other prominent and popular candidates, to the office of county
treasurer, with the result stated above, and since November 5, 1895, he
has filled the position with characteristic skill and fidelity.
On June 25, 1891, Mr. Deemer was married
to Miss Blanche Brown, a native of Bridgewater township, Williams
county, and a daughter of Abner K. and Amanda (Bollinger) Brown,
prominent residents of that locality.
Source: Commemorative Biographical Records of Northwestern Ohio
including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams & Fulton.
Published at Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co. 1899