SYLVESTER WELKIN, who fills the important position of superintendent of the public schools of Celina, is one
of the best known educators of the State and is popular as teacher and lecturer in various educational organizations.
Mr. Wilkin was born in Licking County, Ohio, December 17, 1857, and is a son of William O. and Angeline (Fry) Wilkin,
being, one of a family of six children. The parents were farming people of Licking County, where the family was
one of substance and respectability. The father died in 1894.
Sylvester Wilkin was reared in his native county and was mainly educated in Van Wert and Mercer counties until
he entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, where he was graduated in 1878. His first location
as a teacher was in Shelby County, Ohio, and from there he went toe Miami County for a season, removing then to
Union City, Indiana, where he remained until he was called to Celina on January ii, 1905, entering upon the duties
of his present position as superintendent of the Celina schools. In J. W. Pogue, principal of the High School,
Mr. Wilkin has a Avery able assistant. The pupils number about 600 and the corps of instructors is made up of 16
Mr. Wilkin was united in marriage with Elizabeth Gray, a daughter of Daniel Gray. Mrs. Wilkin died in 1903, leaving
five daughters. Mr. Wilkin and family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. They have a pleasant home on East
Fulton street, Celina. In political sentiment, Mr. Wilkin is a Democrat.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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