Harry O. Bentley

Harry O. Bentley, city attorney of Lima and junior
member of the law firm of Wheeler & Bentley, was born April 14, 1873,
and is a son of Winfield Scott and Mary (Anderson) Bentley. 
        The father of Mr. Bentley was born in Allen County, Ohio, and
now lives retired at Bluffton. He reared two children.
        Mr. Bentley attended the public schools of Bluffton and at an
unusually early age entered upon the study of the law, entering the
office of the well-known firm of Ridenour & Halfhill, at Lima.  From
their tuition he entered the Ohio Normal University, where he was
graduated from the department of law in 1896, in the same year entering
into practice at Lima.  On July 1, 1902, he entered into partnership
with S. S. Wheeler, and in April of the same year he was elected city
attorney on the Republican ticket.  The firm occupies commodious
quarters, consisting of four rooms in the Holland Block, these not
being, however, too large for the amount of business transacted.  His
administration of the office of city attorney has distinguished him as a
man of far more than ordinary ability.  He has many personal and
political friends.
         Mr. Bentley was united in marriage with Blanche Neff, who is a
daughter of Henry W. Neff, a well-known citizen of Lima, and they have
one daughter Jane. Mr. Bentley and wife belong to the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Their pleasant residence is situated at No. 317 West
North street.