Biography of John W. Hahn
Columbiana County, OH

John Wesley Hahn, justice of the peace at Bayard, Ohio, is a member of one of the pioneer families of Columbiana County. He was born in West Township, Sept. 13, 1851, and is a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Martin) Hahn. Henry Hahn and his wife came to Columbiana County in the early days, where Mr. Hahn was engaged in farming. They were the parents of five children: Nora, deceased, was the wife of Franklin Unkefer; Herman E., deceased; Catherine, married L. C. Hostteter, lives in Cleveland; John Wesley, the subject of this sketch; and Frank H., lives in Ottumwa, Iowa. Mr. Hahn died March 3, 1851, aged 40 years. Mrs. Hahn, who lived to be 86 years of age, died July 26, 1909.

John Wesley Hahn was reared on his father's farm and attended the public schools and Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. He taught school five terms in West Township, and also worked at the carpenter's trade. In 1881 he bought his present farm and home of 85 acres, which is located in the city limits of Bayard. Mr. Hahn is a breeder of fine stock, specializing in Holstein and Jersey cattle, and is the owner of a large dairy.

On Dec. 24, 1879, Mr. Hahn was united in marriage with Miss Hatdessa Whiteleather, who was born in West Township, Columbiana County, March 18, 1862, a daughter of Adam and Louisa (Meacy) Whiteleather, natives of Ohio, now deceased. They had two children: Mrs. Hahn, and Charles Whiteleather. The latter married Anna Mahaley, and they have two children: Dwight and Helen. To Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Hahn have been born six children: (1) Dwight C., deceased; (2) Frank Adam, married Miss Ora M. Reed, of Bayard, Ohio, and they have one son, John Lewis. They reside in Cleveland; (3) Erma, married William Illig, resides in Cleveland. They have two children, Ruth and William; (4) Carl W., married Ethel Hartzell, live in Bayard, have three children: Twila, Theda, and Wanda; (5) Lake R., married Nellie Felgar, reside at Moultrie, Ohio, and they have three children: Duane, Dorothea, and Eva May; (6) Chester W., married Elsie Obrocker, lives at Chagrin Falls. They have two children, Phyllis and Chester Wayne.

Mr. Hahn has always been greatly interested in all civic affairs. He has held the office of township clerk and trustee; in 1919 was elected justice of the peace of West Township. In 1891 he was appointed postmaster of Bayard, which office he held for ten years. He is a shareholder in the Kensington Supply Company, Kensington, Ohio, and the Electric Light Company of Minerva, Ohio. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, of which he is a trustee, the Masonic Lodge of Minerva, Ohio, and is chaplain of Grange Lodge. Mr. Hahn is a progressive citizen and a capable and efficient officer.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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