John W. Shanahan
John W. Shanahan, manager of the Consumer's Fuel,
Building & Supply Company, of Lima, is one of the leading citizens of
the city, being closely identified with a number of the most important
business interests of Allen County. He was born in 1860 in Delaware
County, Ohio, where his father, P. Shanahan, is still engaged in
farming, and where our subject was educated and grew to manhood.
Mr. Shanahan began his career in commercial circles as proprietor
of a grocery store which was located on North Main street, in Lima.
After some 10 years in this line, he turned his attention to farming and
the production of oil, extending his operations until he is now
connected with the Richland Oil Company and the German-American Oil
Company, being a member of the board of directors of the latter company.
In 1894 he accepted the position of manager of the Consumer's Fuel,
Building & Supply Company, and has since efficiently served in this
position. In 1901 he disposed of his grocery stock and has since given
his entire attention to the constantly increasing responsibilities
devolving upon him. He is vice-president of the Allen County Building &
Loan Association and holds the same office in the Allen County
Mr. Shanahan was married in 1891 to Kate Baker, whose father is A.
C. Baker, a farmer of Ada, Ohio. They have four children: George,
Nellie, Catherine and Eugene. The family are devout members of St.
Rose Catholic Church of Lima and Mr. Shanahan is a member of the Knights
of Columbus. He has been an active worker for the good government of
the city, having served as a member of the City Council for two terms
and is at present on the Board of Public Safety of Lima.