Abram Harrod, a highly esteemed retired resident of
Lima, was born in Mercer County, Ohio, April 27, 1850, and is a son of
David and Jane (Rickmire) Harrod.
The father of Mr. Harrod was born in 1792 in Knox County, Ohio, and
the mother in the same locality two years later. After marriage they
settled near Fort Recovery, in Mercer County, in 1837, and lived there
on a farm until 1852, when David Harrod went west on a prospecting tour,
in search of a suitable location to which to remove. He was taken ill
with cholera on a steamboat on the Missouri River and died far from
Abram Harrod lived at home in Mercer County until 1875 and then
went to California, where he spent one year and then settled at Geneva,
Indiana, where he engaged in an undertaking and furniture business for
some seven years, removing then to Portland, Indiana. There he embarked
in an implement business which he continued four years. On January 1,
1886, he came to Lima and became traveling salesman for Henry Parham in
an implement business. After seven years in this employment, he took up
the duties of county recorder, to which he had been elected on the
Democratic ticket. He served six years and eight months, having been
reelected. Since retiring from this position he has been traveling
representative of a Court House supply firm. Recently he has been
appointed market master by the Board of Public Service of Lima.
On May 15, 1875, Mr. Harrod was married to Harriet Smith, of Van
Wert County, Ohio, who is a daughter of David and Jane (Hartzog) Smith.
They have two sons, viz.: Bert G., who is connected with the Lima
Locomotive Works, and Robert L., who is traveling for a wholesale
implement firm of Kansas City, where he resides. He is a graduate of
the law department of the University of Michigan, but imperfect hearing
interfered with his professional career. Mr. and Mrs. Harrod are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.