Biography of Hiram Roush
Allen County, OH Biographies

HIRAM ROUSH, contractor, P. O. Lima, was born in Junita County, Penn., October 25, 1850, and is a son of Joseph and Jane (Kanawel) Roush, who settled in Bath Township, this county, in 1852, where they cleared and improved a farm. They were parents of six children: Cornelius, Solomon, Hiram, John, Edward and Isaac, all members of the Lutheran Church. Our subject's paternal grandparents, George and Mary (Mick) Roush, were natives of Pennsylvania, of German and English descent, respectively. His maternal grandparents, John and Nargaret Kanawel, were of Juniata County, Penn. Our subject was reared in Bath Township from two years of age, and was educated in the common schools. At the age of twenty one years he entered the Dayton & Michigan Railroad Shops at Lima, where he worked at boiler making for three years and eight months, and was engaged at that kind of work for five years. Since 1876 he has been contractor in different lines of business. Mr. Roush has been married twice; on first occasion, August 15, 1871, to Sarah E., daughter of Frederick and Sarah (Stepleton) Bechtel, of Jackson Township, this county, and by her he had one child, Edith G. His present wife was Ella Whitmer, of Bath Township, a native of Virginia, to whom he was married March 22, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Roush are members of the Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

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