Lester C. Clime, one of Franklin County's highly esteemed and well known citizens, is a member of a family that
has been identified with the interests of this county for over 100 years. He was born September 23, 1864, in Franklin
Township, and in the house in which he now resides. He is the son of William T. and Lydia (Briggs) Clime.
William T. Clime was born August 6, 1832, on a farm near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Conrad and Rebecca
(Heaton) Clime, who came to Franklin County, Ohio, in 1833, and located in the small village of Columbus. In the
spring of 1834 they settled on what was then and is now known as the "Virginia Military Land," now owned
by Lester C. Clime, and consisted of 116 acres. William T. Clime became a well to do farmer and was the owner of
260 acres of land. He was a breeder of Poland China hogs. Mr. Clime now lives retired on the old homestead and
is ninety seven years of age. His wife, Lydia (Briggs) Clime, was born in Franklin County, near Camp Chase, in
1839 and died November 8, 1877. She was the daughter of John and Rachel (Drake) Briggs, natives of New York City
and New Jersey, and early settlers of Franklin County. To William T. and Lydia (Briggs) Clime three children were
born: Annie, married Dr. N. O, Brenizer, lives at Austin, Texas; Willard D., deceased; and Lester C., the subject
of this sketch.
Lester C. Clime was reared on his father's farm and attended the high and normal school at Prospect, Ohio. He immediately
became associated with his father in the management of the farm and became one of the best known farmers of the
county. Mr. Clime specializes in the dairy business and is now the owner of 489 acres of land situated in Franklin
and Marion Counties. Hard work, good judgment, and the assistance of a good wife has made him successful in all
Mr. Clime was married on April 11, 1888, to Miss Lydia Mohr, born in Prospect, Marion County, Ohio, January 26,
1868, the daughter of C. L. and Mary (Adams) Mohr, natives of Pennsylvania and Delaware County, Ohio, respectively,
and early settlers of Marion County. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clime: (1) Hylon, married Herbert
Woleslagel, lives in Marion County. They have two children, Truce and Lydia; and (2) Edward and (3) Charles, twins.
Charles is deceased and Edward lives at home. He was born February 27, 1893, and is a graduate of the Agricultural
College, Ohio State University, class of 1914. He was married November 29, 1917, to Miss Minnie Grener, of Franklin
County. She died August 19, 1925. (4) Annie, married H. V. Fladt, of Norwich Township, and they have three children,
Lester, Nylon, and Edward.
Mr. Clime has served as clerk, treasurer and member of the board of education for twenty years. In 1923 he was
appointed by the board of commissioners to serve on the board of trustees of the Franklin County Childrens' Home,
and in 1924 was made president of the board, which office he now holds. He is a Democrat in politics, and fraternally
he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Hill Top Lodge No. 662. The family are members of Wilson
Avenue Reformed Church.
Lester C. Clime, like his father and grandfather before him, stands deservedly high in the public esteem and can
be depended upon to do his part as a good citizen.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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