F. W. Zeits

 F. W. Zeits, one of Allen County's representative men
and one of Beaver Dam's leading business citizens, recently elected
county recorder, was born in Perry township August 7, 1874, and is a son
of John and Phillipena (Kock) Zeits.
    John Zeits was born in Nassau, Germany, in December, 1835, and was
18 years old when he accompanied his parents to the United States.  His
father settled in Allen County, Ohio, near Westminster.  John Zeits has
lived in Perry township for the past 35 years.  He married Phillipena
Kock, who was born near Wittenberg, Germany, and died in November, 1904,
at the age of 58 years.  She was also 18 years old when she came to the
United States. They had three children namely: Mollie, wife of Rufus
Creps, of Westminster; Lewis, of Perry township; and F. W., of Beaver
Dam.
    F. W. Zeits remained on his father's farm until he was 25 years of
age, attending the local schools until 17 years old, and spending two
years of this period at the Ohio Normal University at Ada, Ohio.  After
leaving school, he taught several terms.  At the opening of the
Spanish-American War he enlisted in Company C. Second Ohio Infantry, U.
S. Volunteers, under Capt. Frank M. Bell, and was mustered into the
United States service.  He spent three months in camp at Chickamauga
Park, went then to Knoxville, Tennessee, and to Macon, Georgia, and was
mustered out February 10, 1899.
    After his return from the army, Mr. Zeits remained one year longer
on the farm and then located in Beaver Dam.  This was during the oil
boom and he worked in the oil field for six months, after which he
embarked in his present grocery and shoe business.
    On June 10, 1900, Mr. Zeits was married to Lena Franklin, who was
born in Allen County, Ohio, and is a daughter of J. A. Franklin, of
Perry township.  They have one child, Vera.
    Mr. Zeits is a stanch Democrat and was honored with election to the
office of county recorder in November, 1905.  He has efficiently served
in a number of official capacities and in 1898 was elected township
clerk but did not serve on account of enlisting for service in the
Spanish-American War as above mentioned.  He belongs to Beaver Dam
Lodge, No. 689, I. O. O. F., to Rainbow Encampment, I. O. O. F., of
Bluffton; to LaFayette Lodge, F. & A. M.; and  to Lodge No. 39, United
Spanish War Veterans, of Lima.  He was confirmed in the German Reformed
Church.  

 

William H. Mattingly


William H. Mattingly, a leading undertaker and embalmer
of Lima, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1854 and is a son of
Francis Mattingly.  The grandfather, William Mattingly, came from
Maryland in 1812, making the journey from that State to Ohio on
horseback, and settling in Muskingum County, where the father of our
subject was born in 1822.  Francis Mattingly was reared to manhood there
and became one of the substantial farmers of that section.
   William H. Mattingly was reared and educated on his father's farm.
As soon as he was old enough to make his own way in the world , he went
to the coal field of lower Perry and Hocking counties, where he soon
became engaged in opening up the mining industry there, being employed
by the Straitsville Mining Company.  He continued with this company six
years, makng his home at New Straitsville, Perry County, until 1876,
when he located in Zanesville, Ohio, and entered the undertaking
business.  He was a member of the firm of Brenholts & Mattingly for 12
years, and then disposed of his interests in the company and moved to
Indianapolis, Indiana.  Two years later he opened his present
undertaking and embalming rooms in Lima, and has been steadily increasing
his business since,  He has taken advantage of every opportunity to
perfect himself in every detail of the work, being a graduate of the
Clarke Cincinnati College of Embalming, Myers', of Springfield, and the
Egyptian and Sullivan schools of embalming.  Mr. Mattingly is a member
of the Ohio Funeral Directors' & Embalmers' Association and is chairman
of the finance committee.
   Mr. Mattingly was married in 1878 to Mary E. Carr, of Lancaster,
Ohio, a daughter of James W. Carr, who was for years employed in the
bridge department of the Cincinnati & Muskingum Valley Railroad.  Mr.
Mattingly is a stanch member of the St. Rose Catholic Church of Lima, of
which he is secretary.  He is financial secretary of Branch 23, Catholic
Knights of Ohio and a charter member of Lodge No. 436, Knights of
Columbus.

 

George Diller


George Diller was born March 23, 1862, in German
township, Allen County, Ohio, and has passed his entire life almost
within a stone's throw of his birthplace.  He owns 60 acres of fine land
in Geman Township and is one of the intelligent, up-to-date farmers of
this county.  He is a son of Samuel Diller, who was an early settler in
German township, where he purchased a farm and built a log cabin.  The
six brothers and three sisters which composed the family were: Andrew,
George, Samuel, Henry, William, Barbara, Lydia (deceased), and Nancy
(deceased). A remarkable fact concerning this family is that four of the
brothers married Brenneman girls, Andrew, Henry and George marrying
sisters.  Samuel married a Lydia Brenneman, who was in no way related to
his brothers' wives.   He has four children,  Andrew Diller married
Nancy Brenneman and is the father of three children.  Henry married
Caroline Brenneman and has three children, while George married Lydia
Brenneman.  William married Anna Shank and has a family of three
children.  Barbara married John Powell, of Virginia, who died leaving
five children.
    George Diller has been a farmer since his earliest boyhood, when he
preformed his share of the work on his father's farm.  He was married in
November, 1885, to Lydia Brenneman, who is a daughter of John Brenneman,
of Marion township.  They have an only child, Lesta May, who was born
January 1, 1887, and is still living at home.  Soon after marriage, Mr.
Diller purchased 40 acres of land which, with 20 acres recently added,
comprise his present holdings.  In 1899 he built his new residence, a
modern frame building, at once comfortable and convenient.  He has
remodeled his farms and made many minor improvements to his property.
Mr. Diller is a member of the Mennonite Church and a man who stands well
in the community.   

 

William H. Stephens

 

William H. Stephens, one of the best known fire
insurance men of Lima, whose portrait appears on the opposite page, was
born in Washington County, Tennessee, in 1842, but has been a resident
of Lima since 1865.  His parents were Rev. Samuel and Eliza (Strain)
Stephens.  His maternal grandfather, Robert Strain, was a soldier of the
War of 1812 and his maternal great-grandfather was a soldier of the
Revolutionary War.
    Rev. Samuel Stephens was born in Virginia and in his youth served an
apprenticeship to the trade of carriage-making.  He was a devout
Methodist and preached the Gospel for several years.  After the birth of
his son, William H., he removed to Arkansas, where,  under contract with
the government, he engaged in the manufacture of wagons for the Indians.
He died within two years of his arrival in Arkansas.
    After the death of his father, the subject of this sketch
accompanied the family to the old home in Washington County, Tennessee,
where he obtained his education through attendance in the common
schools.  Later in life he moved to Indiana.  He worked on a farm for
some time in his youth and later was clerk in a store until he came to
Lima, when he secured employment on the C. H. & D. Railway.  He
continued on the road for nearly 20 years and rose to the position of
passenger conductor.  He was a trusted and efficient employee, and only
left the service of the railroad company because of an accident that
deprived him of the use of his right limb and forced his retirement from
railroading.  Since that time he has been engaged in various lines of
business and is at present successfully representing a number of fire
insurance companies.
    Mr. Stephens was married in 1870 to Lucy Havil, whose father was
born in Maryland and moved to Lima about 1856, where he became a
prominent brick and stone contractor.  Mr. and Mrs. Stephens have two
children: Bert R., who is located at Springfield, Illinois, traffic
manager of the Illinois Traction Company; and Mary E., who recently
married Louis W. Laudick, son of J. W. Laudick, of Lima, a well-known
dealer in agricultural implements.  Mr. and Mrs. Stephens are by faith
Presbyterians.  Mr. Stephens has taken a leading part in all movements
that pertain to the welfare of the city.  He has served as director on
the of two banking institutions of the city, was councilman two years,
was a member of the board of trustees of the Lima Water Works four
years, and a member of the Sinking Fund Trustees two years.