ISAAC SNIVELY MOTTER
ISAAC SNIVELY MOTTER was born in 1852 at Williamsport,
Maryland. He received his early education in public and private schools
of his native county, and later entered Roanoke College, Virginia, where
he remained five years, graduating in 1872 from that distinguished
institution of learning. Mr. Motter began the study of the law quite
early in life. After most careful research in the various branches of
learning leading up to the study of the law, he began active study with
Col. George Schley, at Hagerstown, Maryland. He was admitted to
practice at the bar in the State of Maryland in 1877.
In 1881 Mr. Motter came to Lima, his future home. Under the State
laws of Ohio, he was required to be reexamined to enter upon the
practice of the law. Accordingly he appeared before the Supreme Court
in 1881, and upon examination was admitted to practice in Ohio. On
October 20th of the same year, he formed a law partnership with Hon. W.
L. Mackenzie, under the firm name of Motter & Mackenzie. The firm has
long been regarded one of the strongest law firms in Lima, and its
practice is both wide in range ad lucrative.
In 1887 Mr. Motter was elected prosecuting attorney of the county of
Allen and entered upon the duties of that important office in January,
1888, filling the position successfully in every way for six consecutive
years. In 1894 he was chairman of the Democratic County executive
committee in which capacity he conducted one of the most important
campaigns of the county, bringing to Lima as speakers no less
distinguished men that Senator Calvin S. Brice and Ex-Governor David B.
Hill, of New York. Mr. Motter has always been more or less active in
Democratic politics. He has always taken a deep interest in affairs of
the State and nation, and is one of the best posted men in the country
upon State and national affairs.
In 1886 Mr. Motter was most happily united in marriage to Harriet
Amelia Meily. They have one child, Benjamin Snively, born in 1893, who
is bright, prepossessing boy interested in his studies, with a great
future before him.
Mr. Motter is an active member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and of the Free and Accepted Masons, choosing Garrett Wykoff
Lodge as his Masonic home. He is an active member pf the Lutheran
Church, and has been for many years superintendent of the Sunday-school
of that church organization. The confidence which the public has in Mr.
Motter is further shown by the fact that he was selected as president of
the Lima Library Association, which position he fills with signal
Mr. Motter is widely read in many department of literature; he is a
refined and cultured orator, frequently called upon for addresses upon
moral and scholastic topics. As an advocate he is one of the strongest
in the country, making a personal appeal that goes direct to the hearts
of the jurors and the judge. He is recognized as one of Allen County's
staunchest citizens always found battling for the right.
REV. I. J. MILLER
REV. I. J. MILLER, a retired pastor of the Lutheran
Church and a member of the grocery firm of Miller & Company, at Lima, is
one of the well-known and much valued citizens of the county. He was
born in 1850 in Mahoning County, Ohio, and is a son of George Miller,
who was a successful agriculturist of that county.
Mr. Miller was educated at Union Seminary, Poland, Ohio, and at
Wittenberg being graduated in theology in 1876. During his period of
study he taught school some six seasons prior to entering Wittenberg
Theological Seminary. After ordination he served the church at Berlin
Center for 12 years, and then removed to Wayne County, Ohio, where he
had charge of two churches for a period of six years. In April, 1894,
he came to Lima and assumed charge of the First Evangelical Lutheran
Church, where he continued for eight years. During his active service
in the ministry, covering 25 years, he made very few changes.
In 1871 Mr. Miller was married to Louise Spait, who is a daughter of
Jacob Spait, a prominent farmer of Mahoning County. The two children of
this marriage are: C. E., our subject's partner in business, and Cora
A., who is the wife of James W. Halfhill, a prominent attorney of this
county. Since Mr. Miller's son, Clark E., has been in business at Lima,
his father has taken a half interest. They conduct a very successful
grocery business at Nos. 407-411 West Spring street.
W. D. HEFFNER
W. D. HEFFNER, one of Lima's most respected citizens,
who has been connected with the railroad affairs for over a quarter of a
century in this locality is also a veteran of the Civil War in which he
bore himself with a bravery that brought honorable promotion. Mr.
Heffner was born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1846, and is a son of David
and Catherine (Measel) Heffner.
The father of Mr. Heffner was a native of Maryland and was born and
reared at Frederick City. By trade he was a farmer and millwright. He
moved to Miami County, Ohio, and from there to Auglaize County, where
his death subsequently occurred. He married Catherine Measel and they
had a family of four sons and five daughters; of these, two sons and
three daughters still survive. Of the four sons who entered the Union
service, Joseph, who is now deceased, lost a leg at the battle of
Chickamauga; Charles died after the close of the war; and George and W.
D. are residents of Lima.
W. D. Heffner was five years old when his parents moved to Auglaize
County, and it was from his father's farm that our subject, then but a
youth of 15 years, entered the service of his country. It was in
November, 1861, that he enlisted in Company E., 67th Reg., Ohio Vol.
Inf., was mustered in at Columbus and proceeded with the command to
Martinsburg, Virginia, and in the spring of 1862, but a few months after
leaving the peaceful surroundings of his home, that he participated in
his first battle, that of Winchester. On March 23, 1862, he fought
against General "Stonewall" Jackson, his regiment facing the 26th
Mississippi Tigers, Jackson's favorite command. Then followed the weary
marches and various hardships of a soldier's life, and before he had
attained man's estate he had faced danger and death on a score of
battle-fields. During his service, which extended until the close of
the war, he participated in these battles: Front Royal, Fort Republic,
Harrison Landing, Bermuda Hundred, Folly Island, Morris Island, charge
on Fort Wagoner, siege of Fort Sumter, Johnson's Island, Wire Bottom
Church, the long siege of Petersburg, Chapin's Farm (where he was
wounded), the battle before Richmond, Bunker Hill, New Market,
Strausburg, charge on Fort Gregg, and was present at the final surrender
of General Lee at Appomattox. Entering the army as a private, Mr.
Heffner was mustered out of the service as a sergeant.
After the close of the war, Mr. Heffner returned to his home in
Auglaize County, and in 1870 came to Lima and entered into the employ of
the C., H & D. Railway Company. He served one year as brakeman, was
then promoted for efficiency, and for 28 years continued on the road in
the capacity of freight and passenger conductor. He sent in his
resignation in 1895, but did not sever his connection with this
corporation, as since that year he has been foreman of its freight house
at Lima. He is also interested in city real estate.
In 1869 Mr. Heffner was married to Sarah Spyker, who was a daughter
of Samuel Spyker, a pioneer of this county. Mrs. Heffner died in 1872,
leaving a daughter, Hattie, who is the wife of George Darling, a
business man at New Castle, Ohio. In 1875 Mr. Heffner was married to
Urania F. Bowers, a daughter of Jacob Bowers, and they have three
children, viz: Mettie, wife of E. M. Stradley, and Ethel, wife of J. R.
Meiley, both of Lima; and Ray, living at home. The family is connected
with the First Baptist Church. Mr. Heffner is quartermaster of the Mart
Armstrong Post, No. 202, G. A. R., Lima, Ohio, and belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
FREDERICK O. OLSON
FREDERICK O. OLSON Americans are very proud of their
prominent and successful business men, but they are equally generous in
awarding praise to natives of other lands whose ability enables them to
reach the front rank in any line of endeavor. It is the man who counts,
instead of the land of his birth. These few remarks are given as an
introduction to the sketch of F. O. Olson, one of the leading railroad
men of Ohio. He has been a resident of Lima since 1903, but he was
born in Sweden, in 1869, and is a son of the late John Olson.
John Olson was for many years a right-hand man to President Hill of
the Great Northern Railroad, whom he assisted by his practical advice
and was most useful to him because of his long experience in railroad
building in Sweden. His death occurred in 1903.
F. O. Olson was reared and educated in Sweden until he was 15 years
old, and immediately after coming to the United States secured a
position in the auditor's office of the Great Northern Railroad Company
at St. Paul, Minnesota. After two years worked as a machinist in the
locomotive works. The next three years were spent in Chicago, with the
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad one year as a working
machinist and two years as foreman. Then he accepted a position in the
emergency department of the Great Northern road, and 18 months later
went to Duluth, where he took a contract for railroad building. From
there he came to Ohio and constructed the greater portion of the Toledo
& Western Railroad, still later becoming one of the active promoters of
the Sandusky & South- Western Railroad and the Lima & Eastern Railroad.
His knowledge of railroading covers every detail and, in addition, he is
a practical electrician, having spent six months with the Westinghouse
Company. His present railroad connections are important, and,
considering that he is yet a comparatively young man , indicate the
possession of a very high order of ability. He is president and general
manager of the Sandusky & South-Western Railroad a line projected from
Wapakoneta to Sandusky and from Lima to Bellefontaine, 40 miles of
which is already graded; vice-president of the Lima Eastern Railroad, a
line to run from Lima to Kenton, via Marion; president of Missouri,
Oklahoma & Western Railroad, and a controlling director in the Guthrie &
In 1896 Mr. Olson was married to Edith Sturdeven, of West Virginia.
They have three daughters: Melba, Emily and Gene. Fraternally Mr. Olson
is a member of the Elks. He takes no active personal interest in
politics, but is always ready to assist the political ambitions of his
friends. A portrait of Mr. Olson accompanies this sketch.