HOWARD L. KAY

HOWARD L. KAY, one of the progressive young men of
Spencerville, conducts a large real estate, loan and investment
business, with office on Broadway.  Mr. Kay was born at Watseka,
Iroquois County, Illinois, and is a son of James W. and Adeline
(Ellingwood) Kay.
    The father of Mr. Kay was born in Illinois and the mother in
Indiana.  They were pioneer in Iroquois County, where they became
prosperous farmers, and there the father still lives, advanced in ears.
The mother died February 19,1889.  Their children were: Wendell P., who
is master in chancery at Watseka, Illinois; Howard L.; Wilbur Jones, late
of the Chicago University, who now fills the chair of public speaking,
in the faculty of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington,
Pennsylvania; and Miriam Ruth, who married Ralph Fraser Paine and
resides near Paines, Michigan.
    Howard L. Kay completed the primary school course in his native
locality and continued his studies in Grand Prairie Seminary at Onarga,
Illinois, where he was subsequently graduated.  He then entered
Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, as a member of the class
of 1897.  In addition to being an excellent man of business, Mr. Kay,
from childhood, has possessed musical talent.  This talent has been
cultivated and he is an accomplished musician.  His fine tenor voice has
been carefully trained under celebrated vocal teachers, both in New York
and Chicago.  He has entire charge of the choir of the Methodist
Episcopal Church at Spencerville, and the music rendered in the services
of this church would reflect credit upon a musical organization of a
much larger place.
    Howard L. Kay was united in marriage with Bessie Bice, who is a
daughter of William and Tabitha (Sunderland) Brice.  They have two
children, viz: Wibster Bice and James Philip.  Mrs. Kay, like her
husband, is a talented and accomplished musician.  She has had musical
instruction from many of the noted teacher of the country, and her
beautiful, sweet, clear soprano voice assists in making the music
rendered by the Spencerville church choir especially enjoyable.  She
belongs to one of the old and honorable families of substance in this
part of Ohio, one which has been connected with its material development
for many years.

WILLIAM BRICE

WILLIAM BRICE,  father of Mrs. Kay, was born at Salem, Columbiana
County, Ohio, March 18, 1824, and died on his homestead, in Allen
County, just out of Spencerville, on February 8, 1900.  He was first
married on January 20, 1847, to Anna Sunderland, and there were two
children born to them, viz: Francis and Orlando.  The latter married
Lucretia Courtshire, who was reared by Leonidas Post, another of the old
settlers of the western section of Allen County.  On December 11, 1856,
William Bice was married to his second wife, Tabitha Sunderland, who was
born September 1, 1836, and is a daughter of Dye and Mary (Berryman)
Sunderland.  The Sunderlands were the fourth white family to settle in
Allen County.  They had 12 children, of whom one died in infancy, and
another at the age of three years; the remaining 10 all reached maturity
and reared families of their own.  Mrs. Brice and her sister, Mrs. Mary
Jane Mars, now past 88 years of age, a resident of Decatur, Illinois,
are the only survivors.
    The children of William Bice born to his second union were nine in
number, the survivors being as follows: Amarilla, who is the wife of R.
T. Sutton; Anna M., who is the wife of S. W. Kemp, of Spencerville;
William Adolph, who married Effa Gallant; Mercy Naomi, who is the wife
of B. G. Hover, of Lima; Andrew W., M. D., who was coroner of Allen
County from 1902 to 1905; and Bessie, who is the wife of Howard L. Kay.
    The late William Bice was reared among the Quakers at Salem,
Columbiana County, and all his life lived according to their upright
teachings.  After his second marriage, he settled on the homestead now
occupied by his widow, which is situated just south of Spencerville.  At
present Mrs. Bice's son-in-law, Mr. Kay, has the historic old farm under
lease.  An old Indian burying ground once occupied a part of it, and Dr.
Andrew W. Bice has taken a great interest in making a collection of
relics of the days of the aborigines found here.  Mr. Kay has recently
stocked the old farm with a fine assortment of sheep and hogs, and the
management has been entrusted to an experienced farmer and stock-raiser.
   Mrs. Bice belongs to one of the oldest families in the county, as
mentioned above, and her recollections of the days of her girlhood and
early married years are most entertaining and instructive.  It scarcely
seems possible, in conversing with this animated, intelligent and
well-preserved lady, to believe that she lived in the days when the
Indians still wondered in numbers over all this country and sat at her
father's hearthstone receiving his bounty.  She recalls only their
friendliness and their willingness to barter fur for food.  In the days
of which Mrs. Bice tells, it was not considered a very great hardship to
live in a log cabin with earthen floor and with home-made quilts hung at
the open door for protection. 
   Mr. Bice kept on accumulating land until he owned 530 acres.
Subsequently he gave his children all but 225 acres, retaining this in
the home stead farm, which is now a property of large value.  Mr. Bice
recalls well the old walnut canoe which was used in early days to cross
the Auglaize River.  She was carefully reared by an excellent mother who
taught her all the housewifely arts of those days.  Her mother was a
famous weaver and she taught her daughter to spin and weave and also to
dye the coverlets, such as are now occasionally found in the possession
of old families and are preserved as treasures.  The old Bice homestead
has many of these wonderful examples of industry and taste.
   At school Mrs. Bice stood as one of the best spellers, that being
quite a distinction in her day.  She was also an expert horsewoman and
relates that upon one occasion, being invited to attend the wedding of
Lenora Pupinore with Thomas Leach, she started on horse-back, with a
party consisting of six couples.  Upon reaching the home of the bride
there being no gates, she jumped the bars and as she was the first on
the scene had the honor of receiving the first taste of the "wedding
bottle," a feature of these occasions.  General Blackburn was present at
this wedding.
    Looking at the life lived in the early days of Mrs. Bice, it seems
to modern views to have been one filled with toil, hardship and
privation; but it was not so regarded by many of those who still
survive; for they undoubtedly possessed a will and courage equal to the
emergencies they met and successfully over- came, and a pracical habit
of thought that converted their necessary industry and frugality into
pleasure.  The old orchard standing on the homestead was partly set out
by Indians who thus assisted Mr. Bice, with whom they were always on
friendly terms.  Under on old locust tree still standing in the orchard
is the old horse mill where Mr. Bice converted bushels of apples into
sweet, wholesome cider.  It gave the family refreshments during the long
winter evenings; Mrs. Bice also boiled it down for cooking purposes,
making in one year 60 gallons of the real old-fashioned apple-butter,
which she disposed of in Delphos, realizing the sum of $300 for her
work.

W. H. WOOLEVY

W. H. WOOLEVY, senior member of the firm of Woolevy &
Ramseyer, proprietors of the City Book Store, the oldest institution of
its kind in Lima, was born in 1854 at Selma. Alabama, where he lived
until after the close of the Civil War, when his parents moved to Miami
County, Ohio.
   Mr. Woolevy began his business career as traveling representative of
the National Wall Paper Company, which he served for 11 years.  For the
past six years, in partnership with Otto F. Ramseyer, he has been
interested in the present interprise, the firm having purchased the
business from Mr. Robinson.
    Both Mr. Woolevy and Mr. Ramseyer are also interested in the
National Anchor Company. 
    In 1881 Mr. Wooevy was married to Emma Leyburn, and they have one
daughter Nellie, who is the wife of W. O. Davis, who is a conductor on
the Lake Erie & Western Railroad.