F. A. Burkhardt

F. A. Burkhardt, jiont agent of the Cincinnati,
Hamilton & Dayton and the Lake Erie & Western railroads, at Lima, was
born in Shawnee township, Allen County, Ohio, December 31, 1872, and is
a son of George and Mary (Bowsher) Burkhardt.
        George Burkhardt came to Allen County in 1865 and has since been
identified with the agricultural interests and public affairs of Shawnee
township.  he married Mary Bowsher, a member of one of the old and
prominent families of the State.  She is a daughter of Benjamin Bowsher,
who came from Pickaway County to Allen County in 1836.  His father,
William Bowsher, was a soldier in the War of 1812, coming to Ohio from
Pennsylvania, in 1804.  The father of William Bowsher was Daniel
Bowsher, who lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1755, and was a
soldier in the Revolutionary War.  The family has been very conspicuous
in Allen County in political, business and social life.  For the past 10
years our subject has bee engaged in tracing its ancestral branches and
this work, when completed, will possess interest for the family and make
a valuable addition to local history.             F. A. Burkhardt has
been a resident of Lima since he was 20 years old.  He was afforded
excellent educational advantages and attended the Ohio Normal University
at Ada and Lima College, and then taught school for two years in Allen
County.  He was then made assistant agent for the Cincinnati, Hamilton &
Dayton Railway, at Lima, in 1896, and on January 1, 1900, became agent
for the Lake Erie & Western Railroad; on June 16, 1901, he was made
joint agent of both roads.  This position of importance he has filled
ever since.  Its duties require special talents and these Mr. Burkhardt
is fortunate enough to possess.
          On June 16, 1896, Mr. Burkhardt was marred to Nannie Dearth, a
daughter of Samuel Dearth, a prominent farmer of Warren County, Ohio.
They have two children, E. Lucile and Lorene.  The family belongs to the
English Lutheran Church, in which Mr. Burkhardt is a member of the board
of trustees.  Mrs. Burkhardt is a graduate of the National Normal
College, at Lebanon, Ohio. For some time prior to her marriage, she was
a successful teacher in the public schools of Lima.
           Mr. Burkhardt for eight years was a member of the board of
trustee of Lima College. He is a member of the board of directors of the
Lima Young Men's Christian Association.  He is treasurer of The
Brunswick Bowling Company, at Lima and is also secretary of the
organization known as the Ohio Checker Association.