S. Collies Oldham. - One of the most successful farmers and stockmen of Franklin County is S. Collins Oldham,
who owns a well improved farm of 223 acres in Truro and Plain townships, just northeast of Reynoldsburg. He was
born on this farm July 16, 1871, the son of James A. and Laura G. (Hart) Oldham.
James A. Oldham, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and a prominent pioneer citizen of Franklin County. He
was born in Licking County, Ohio, October 6, 1842, the son of John and Florence (Stephenson) Oldham, natives of
Ohio and pioneer settlers of Licking County. In 1856 John Oldham located on land southwest of Hilliards in Franklin
County. He was a prosperous farmer and removed to the vicinity of Reynoldsburg in 1864, where he spent the remainder
of his life. To John and Florence (Stephenson) Oldham were born four children: Sarah, deceased, was the wife of
Josiah Marling; James A., father of the subject of this sketch; Samuel M., deceased; and Florence, deceased, was
the wife of A. E. Jones.
James A. Oldham was reared and educated in Franklin County and for a time was a school teacher. He enlisted for
service in the Civil War in 1862 and served as a member of Company K, One Hundred and Thirty third Regiment, Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. After his discharge, August, 1864, he was married to Laura G. Hart, who was born at Hilliards,
Ohio, May 2, 1844, the daughter of John and H. (Lattimer) Hart, natives of Ohio. Mrs. Oldham died November 9, 1925,
and Mr. Oldham lives retired at Reynoldsburg. He is an elder of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Grand
Army of the Republic. To James A. and Laura G. (Hart) Oldham were born seven children, as follows: John L., deceased;
Ira D., retired druggist, lives at Reynoldsburg; S. Collins, the subject of this sketch; Sarah died in infancy;
Hattie F., married James McOwen, farmer, lives in Franklin County; Mary, married John A. Morrison, farmer, lives
at Reynoldsburg; and Morton C., farmer, lives at Reynoldsburg.
S. Collins Oldham attended the district schools and is a graduate of Reynoldsburg High School, class of 1891. At
an early age he became interested in farming on the home place with his father, and has become one of the leading
farmers and stockmen of this section of Franklin County. He has been interested in dairying since 1890 and has
pure bred stock exclusively. Mr. Oldham was one of the founders of the Reynoldsburg Banking Company, of which he
is now secretary.
On November 26, 1891, Mr. Oldham married Miss Nannie L. Tussing, who was born at Brice, October 15, 1871, the daughter
of LeRoy and Louise Tussing, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history. To them were born six children:
(1) Cyril C., married Miss Bertha Gray Turner, lives at Reynoldsburg, and they have two children, Francis and Cyril
C., Jr. (2) Zola L., married Robert Barb, lives at New Albany, Ohio, and they have two children, Helen and Robert,
Jr. (3) Grace, married J. E. Can, lives in Truro Township, Franklin County, and they have one child, Jane. (4)
James LeRoy, deceased. (5) Clark R., associated with his father's farming interests, married Miss Dorothy Carr,
and they have a daughter, Marilyn. (6) Lois N., who attends Reynoldsburg High School.
Mr. Oldham is a Republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church, taking part in all civic affairs. He and his
family are highly esteemed citizens of the community and have a wide acquaintance.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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