Garrett Wykoff

Garrett Wykoff.  Among the early businessmen of Lima
was the late Garrett Wykoff, who for many years before his death on May
21, 1893, was numbered with the retired capitalists of the city.  Mr.
Wykoff was born in Butler County, Oho, July 21, 1831, and was the son of
Rulef and Desire (Marshall) Wykoff.
        The father of our subject was born in 1796 in New Jersey, and
was a young man who had just attained his majority when he came to Ohio,
with the idea of founding a home.  He entered land in Butler County and
resided upon it the remainder of his life.  He married a lady who was
born in Virginia, and they reared nine children, some of whom still
survive. 
         When Garrett Wykoff was a boy, he attended the schools of his
native locality, growing up to manhood on his father's  farm. His
inclinations were not in the direction of agriculture, rather more in
the line of mechanics.  He learned the trade of blacksmith and became a
first-class artisan, enjoying a very prosperous trade.   After 12 years
of work at blacksmithing, he came to Lima, where he enlarged his
business, entering also into wagon manufacturing.  While carrying on a
good business in these lines, he wisely invested considerable capital in
real estate and to the management of this he devoted the latter years of
his life.  He was a man of practical ideas, keen and quick in business
dealings, honest, outspoken defender of his political views and
religious professions, and a man who enjoyed the respect and esteem of
the community.  
        In 1854 Mr. Wykoff was unite in marriage with Anna E. Straley, a
daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Straley.  She still survives and
enjoys the many comforts of a pleasant home at No. 212 South McDonald
street, Lima.  Mr. Wykoff was laid at rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.  He was
a prominent and influential Mason, and Garrett Wykoff Lodge, F. & A. M.,
was named after him.  His portrait accompanies this sketch.