Biography of George H. Kephart
Allen County, OH Biographies

GEORGE H. KEPHART, proprietor of saw mill and handle factory at Spencerville, was born in Amanda Township, Allen Co., Ohio, October 31, 1846; son of Ormond and Ann A. (Hayes) Kephart, the former of whom, an influential farmer and early settler of this county, died in 1856; the latter, a native of New York, still survives him, the mother of five children: Cordelia, Oscar M., Alexis E., Ormond, and George H. Our sabject graduated in the scientific course at Lebanon, Ohio, in 1809, and entered upon his career in life as a teacher, but eventually embarked in the lumbering business. He commenced a poor boy, and by energy and perseverance has accumulated property. He first entered a saw mill in 1875, and two years later came to Spencerville. In 1880 he purchased a woolen mill and for a while also operated it, and in connection with the same started a handle factory, which he still runs, but has traded the woolen machinery for land in Mississippi. Mr. Kephart was united in marriage, September 18, 1870, with Ellen A. Tone of Allen County, formerly of Delaware County, Ohio, and by her has had three children: Clarence E., Albert N. (deceased) and Myrtle May. Mr. Kephart is a Republican in politocs and has served as mayor one term. He is a F. & A. M.; a member of the Baptist church.

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