Biography of Horace W. Stearns
Allen County, OH Biographies

HORACE W. STEARNS, grocer, Bluffton, was born at St. Mary's, Auglaize County, Ohio, December 19, 1848; son of Rufus and Sarah Ann (Carpenter) Stearns, natives of Ohio and Vermont, respectively, and of English descent. Rufus Stearns, who was a physician, a graduate of the Ohio Medical College, practiced for many years in Ohio; he reared a family of six children, of whom Horace W. is next to the youngest. Our subject received his education at St. Mary's graded schools and Ada normal school, and at the age of eighteen began teaching school, an occupation he followed in four counties, Ohio, for thirteen years. During this time he was for two years in the grammar department of schools in Celina, Mercer County, one year as assistant superintendent of St. Mary's tnion School, and lastly, in 1881, in Richland Township, this county. Mr. Stearns embarked in the grocery business at Bluffton in 1882. He has been twice married, on first occasion, in 1878, to Nettie Bruner, who bore him one child, Ada Lou; the mother died in 1880. Mr. Stearns second marriage, in 1882, was with Hannah. daughter of of Robert Watkins, and to this union was born one child, Otis. Mr. Stearns is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Republican.

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