Harry Thomas, one of Lima's leading grocers, who is
well established in Holland Block, in the city's business center, was
born in 1864 at Lima, and is a son of the late Lewis Thomas. The father
of Mr. Thomas was born in Wales and came to Allen County about 1850.
For a number of years he was engaged in the brewery business at Lima.
Our subject was reared and educated at Lima and began business in
boyhood in his father's employ. After completing his second year in the
Lima High School, he became a clerk in the grocery store of F. A.
Holland, with whom he remained 18 years and then became the junior
partner of the firm. Two years later, in 1891, the relationship of the
partners changed and since that time Mr. Thomas has continued the
business as sole proprietor.
Mr. Thomas was married October 22, 1889, to Belle Bowdle, who is a
daughter of M. W. Bowdle, of Westminster, Ohio, the family being among
the early pioneers of Allen County. Mrs. Thomas' father still survives
at the age of 88 years. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have two children, viz.:
Holland B. and Lenore Y. The family belongs to Grace Methodist Episcopal
Church, Mr. Thomas being one of the board of trustees. He is much
interested in the Sunday school work, is a teacher and has been
superintendent, and he is first vice-president of the Epworth League.
Mr. Thomas occupies a very high position both personally and in a
business way in Lima, and is looked upon as one of the city's sterling
citizens and representative men.