SOLOMON SHAFER, farmer, P. 0. Mount Blanchard, was born near Mount Vernon, Knox Co., Ohio, March 23. 1836. His
father, Michael Shafer, a native of Pennsylvania, came to Knox County, Ohio, in early boyhood, and there, in 1819,
married Miss Nancy Ireland. Michael Shafer came to this county in 1835 with part of his family, and in 1836 returned
to Knox County, Ohio, for the rest of them, bringing them back with him to this county. He cleared up two farms
in Delaware Township, this county, and was one of the earliest settlers, as well as one of the foremost in the
development and improvement of the town. He kept the Mount Blanchard Hotel from 1837 to 1850. and was one of the
most highly respected and honored of our pioneer citizens. His death occurred in 1852; his widow died in 1869,
while residing with her son. Solomon. The children of Michael Shafer and wife were Hezekiah, in Mexico, Mo.; Mrs.
Rhoda Miller (deceased); Mrs. Christy A1nn Taylor, in Decatur, Michael Jackson, in Dubuque, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Fahl.
in Mount Blanchard, Ohio; Isaiah, in Forest, Ohio; Solomon (deceased); Henry Witt. in Hebron, Ind.; Solomon, in
Mount Blanchard, Ohio; Morgan D., in Findlay, Ohio; Aaron B. in Findlay, Ohio, and Mrs. Laura J. Smith, in Lacon
Ill. They are an intelligent and enterprising family, and are occupying high positions in business and society.
The subject of this sketch received his education in the schools of Mount Blanchard. He married Miss Mary Elizabeth
Hoge, of Amanda Township, this county. September 20, 1860, and they located in Delaware Township this county, where
they now reside, and where they have a fine farm of 100 acres of land, all in the corporation of Mount Blanchard.
They also own about 500 acres of land in other farms in this and Van Wert Counties. To Mr and Mrs. Shafer has been
born one daughter - Anna Lorena. Mr. Shafer was elected auditor of this county in the fall of 1864, on the Democratic
ticket. He took his position in March following, and was reelected in 1866, serving in all four years; he was the
youngest man who ever occupied that position. Mrs. Shafer is a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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