OLLIN R. ROHRER.
One of th substantial and successful financiers of Macoupin County is Ollin R. Rohrer, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Virden. He was born near Waverly, Illinois, October 12, 1866, a son of John W. and Lillie A. (Allen) Rohrer. He was reared on a farm and early learned the value of labor. In whatever he has engaged he has brought to bear a persistency which is one of the essentials in the accomplishment of any important undertaking. The success he has attained is the result of initiative and natural ability combined with an unquestioned integrity that has won for him the confidence and respect of the community. His paternal grandfather, Jonathan Rohrer, was a native of Kentucky and grew to maturity in the Blue Grass state. He then joined the tide of emigration westward and became one of the pioneers of Morgan County, Illinois. He married Polly Traughber and they became the parents of seven children, one of whom was John W. Rohrer. In early manhood John W. Rohrer was united in marriage to Miss Lillie A. Allen, a daughter of Thomas B. and Martha (Hazlewood) Allen, both of whom were natives of Greene county, Illinois, the daughter Lillie being one of five children born to this worthy couple. Mr. and Mrs. Rohrer were the parents of four children, namely: Alvin F., who is secretary and treasurer of the F. S. Betts Company, of Chicago; Ollin R., of this review; a daughter now deceased; and E. C., who is connected with the G. W. Walker Company, a bond house of St. Louis, Missouri. The parents are both now deceased, the father having died about twenty-five years ago, while the mother was called away about fourteen years ago. Their remains were interred in Waverly cemetery, Morgan county, Illinois, near their old home.
Ollin R. Rohrer was educated in the country schools of Morgan county and in the high school at Waverly. He also attended the Bryant & Stratton Business College at Chicago, where he pursued the commercial course. Upon returning home he engaged in farming and later became clerk in a bank at Waverly, thus gaining his first practical experience in the banking business. After spending about two years in learning the details of a vocation for which he has shown special adaptability, he came to Virden and organized the Farmers and Merchants Bank, which was conducted as a private banking institution until 1910, when it was incorporated as a state bank with a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars. Mr. Rohrer has been active in its management form the time of its organization and is still serving as cashier and manager. the bank is firmly established and as its stockholders and officers are men of influence and responsibility, it is recognized as one of the strong factors in the upbuilding of the entire section of which Virden is the center.
On December 14, 1897, Mr. Rohrer was married to Miss Edith Shriver, a daughter of Dr. William A. and Carrie (Howland) Shriver. The father is a leading physician of Virden but the mother is deceased, having been called away about fifteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Rohrer have two children, Ethelene, who was born December 26, 1899; and Russell, born May 12, 1901. Mr. Rohrer and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Virden. Politically he is a democrat. He belongs to the Masonic lodge at Virden and has taken the higher degrees, being a Mystic Shriner and also a member of the Knights of Pythias. As he is a man of pleasing address he readily makes acquaintances and is one of the best known citizens of Virden. In his business affairs he has displayed an energy and discrimination which have produced highly satisfactory results and his spirit of enterprise gives bright promise of continued success in years to come.