James C. Pence, M.D.

James C. Pence, M.D., one of the experienced
physicians and surgeons of Lima, and also one of the city's most highly
esteemed citizens, was born March 16, 1859, in New Philadelphia, Ohio,
and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Conwell) Pence.
       The parents of Dr. Pence removed in 1864 from Eastern Ohio to Van
Wert County, where the father engaged in farming and reared his family.
He now lives retired in Buckland, Ohio.
        Dr. Pence was five years old when his parents settled in Van
Wert County, and there on his father's farm he grew to manhood.  Having
an inclination in the direction of medicine, he read with a local
practitioner until prepared to enter the Cincinnati Medical College.  He
first began to practice in 1885, and in the year following was graduated
at the Fort Wayne Medical College.  In 1895 he attended lectures and was
graduated at the New York Polyclinic.  He took a post-graduate course
there in 1902, visiting noted clinics and gaining experience in every
modern method of medicine and surgery.  Dr. Pence's first field of
practice was at Spencerville, where he continued for 11 years, coming to
Lima in 1898.  He ranks high both as a physician and as a citizen, and
since January 2, 1905, he has been president of the Board of Education.
       Dr. Pence married Mary Griswold, a daughter of Delbert Griswold,
and they have one daughter Helen M.   Dr. and Mrs. Pence are members of
the Presbyterian Church.  Politically Dr. Pence is identified with the
Republican Party.  Fraternally he belongs to the Masons and the Elks.