Isaac B. Post
Isaac B. Post, president of the Citizen's Banking
Company, of Spencerville, and long a resident of Allen County, was born
at Shelby, Richland County, Ohio, June 21, 1837, and is a son of Hon.
Charles C. and Elizabeth (Bryant) Post.
The branch of the Post family to which our subject belongs was
domiciled in Pennsylvania during the active business life of his
grandfather, Jeremiah Post, who was, however, a native of New York.
Hon. Charles C. Post, son of Jeremiah Post and father of our
subject, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1800, and
came to Ohio in 1822. He settled for a time a Shelby, Richland County,
and then moved to Wyandot County, where he built a grist and sawmill,
and a council house for the Wyandot Indians under contract with the
general government. He became friendly with the Indians and was
respected by them on account of the justness with which he dealt with
them. In March 1841, he removed to Allen County, settling in Amanda
township, where he built the old Post mill on the Auglaize River, which
he operated until 1849. He then settled on an estate of 485 acres in
sections 8 and 17, about one mile and a quarter from his previous home.
His residence continued here until 1883, when he went to live with his
daughter, Mrs. Cyrus H. Hover, where he died when almost 84 years of
age. Charles C. Post was a man of sterling integrity, one who enjoyed
in the highest degree the esteem of all who knew him. He took a
prominent part in all that materially affected the good government of
his community, and was elected by his fellow citizens to represent them
in the State Legislature. His honorable life closed March 27, 1884. He
married Elizabeth Bryant, who was born March 13, 1801, and died February
22, 1886, aged 85 years, of their nine children, but four survive, namely:
Martha, widow of Cyrus H. Hover, now of Lima; Adam Clark, of Carthage,
Missouri; Isaac B. and Charles G., of Parma, Missouri.
Isaac B. Post was reared from the age of four in Amanda Township,
and was educated in the local schools in which he later taught during
several winter seasons. In April 1861, he enlisted for the 90 day's
service in Company E, 15th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., and marched away with
his comrades to serve in the mountains of West Virginia, under Gen.
George B. McClellan, then the hero of the hour. On July 27, 1861, he
reenlisted for three years in Company C. 32nd Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf.,
under General Milroy. the command returned to West Virginia, and he
served under Generals Sigel and Fremont in the Shenandoahs Valley until
the battle of Harper's Ferry, September 15, 1862, when he, with his
regiment was captured by the enemy and paroled. Subsequently he was
exchanged, and returned to the field in command of his company, of which
he had been commissioned 2nd lieutenant in February 1862. He served in
the Army of the Tennessee, and was with General Grant at Vicksburg. In
1863, for meritorious services, he was promoted to a captaincy and
served as such in the Atlanta campaign in 1864. After this he was again
promote, being commissioned major, and as such served until the close of
the Civil War, also filling the position of division inspector.
At the close of the war, Mr. Post returned to Allen County and for
some two years dealt in hardwood lumber, and then turned his attention to
farming and stock-raising. He became much interested in agricultural
pursuits, to which he devoted his time almost exclusively until August
4, 1883, when he formed a partnership with Henry Wasson and opened a
private bank at Spencerville, from which Mr. Wasson retired a few years
later. The bank has greatly prospered and was reorganized in 1905 as
the Citizen's Banking Company with these officers: President, Isaac B.
Post; 1st vice president, Dr. Jacob R. Welch; cashier, Ira B. Post. For
a number of years before the reorganization of the bank our subject
served as its head and also as its cashier, an office now capably filled
by his only son, Ira B. Post. Mr. Post owns valuable farming lands,
located mainly in Amanda Township.
In October, 1873, Isaac B. Post was married to Emma E. Berry, who
was born in 1851, in Van Wert County, Ohio, and is the only daughter of
John and Eunice A. (Griffin) Berry, early pioneers of that county. Mrs.
Berry is still living at the age of 82 years; she is one of three
survivors of a family of 10 children, the others being a brother, aged
92 years, living in Mercer County, and a sister, Mrs. Parrott, aged 85
years, who lives in Van Wert County. The only son of our subject's
marriage, Ira B., above mentioned is one of the town's popular citizens
a graduate of the Spencerville High School and prominent in social life.
On July 23, 1899, he was united in marriage with Ida M. Robbins, and has
one son, Stanley Bryant. Our subject and wife have in their home a
daughter by adoption, Gladys M., who was born in October 1899.
In political sentiment, Mr. Post has always been a supporter of the
Republican Party. He is public spirited to an unusual degree and has
taken a great deal of interest in improving Spencerville. All of his
own property is kept in good condition and presents a more than
creditable appearance. Some years ago he purchased considerable
property in the city, which he improved. He built the two-story brick
block used by the Gamble Grocery Company. He took much interest in
building the new Spencerville Methodist Church, being a member of the
building committee. Since 1879 he has been an active worker in this
religious body. He was a charter member of Fair Post, No. 322, G. A.
R., and its first commander serving for some time in that position.