Biography of Sherman W. Bixler
North Central Ohio Biographies

Sherman W. Bixler. One of the representative citizens of Richiand County and a member of one of the well known pioneer families of North Central Ohio is Sherman W. Bixler, who lives retired at Bellville. He is a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Bixler was born at Bellville, May 15, 1845, the son of Samuel and Lavina (VanDorn) Bixler.

Samuel Bixler was born in Rosterstown, Pa., in 1814. When a boy he came to Bellville with his parents and served a five year apprenticeship with E. J. Clark, tailor. He then conducted a tailoring establishment in Bellville and later was associated in business with Jack Moore as proprietors of a men's furnishing store. During the latter years of his life, Mr. Bixler engaged in general farming southwest of Bellville, having purchased a farm from Otis Howard. Mr. Vixler died Nov. 27, 1886. His wife, a native of Ohio, born April 25, 1823, died Jan. 11, 1904. Both are buried at Bellville. Mr. Bixler was a Republican and for many years served as postmaster of Bellville. He held membership in the Methodist Church. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bixler: Sherman W., the subject of this sketch; Clara, married William Drew, both deceased; and Mary, married Edward Walker, both deceased.

Sherman W. Bixler received his education in the public and high schools of Bellville. He was a carpenter by trade. During the Civil War he enlisted as a member of Company E, 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was later transferred to Company G, 189th Ohio Volunteeer Infantry. He participated in many important skirmishes and battles during the war and was at Decatur, Ala., during the raids of General Hood. He was honorably discharged from the service Sept. 28, 1865. For a time Mr. Bixler followed the carpenter trade and then purchased a farm of 80 acres northeast of Bellville. He also became the owner of another 80 acre farm southwest of Bellville, and engaged in general farming until 1913, at which time he removed to Bellville and became interested in the real estate business. He has made a specialty of buying and selling property and during his rather brief career in the real estate business has handled 22 pieces of property in the city.

In 1874 Mr. Bixler was united in marriage with Lottie Ruhi, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Biesel) Ruhl, who were natives of Ohio, both now deceased. They are buried at Darlington, Ohio. Their children were: Mrs. Bixler; Jonas, deceased; Jason, lives at Darlington; Frank, and Davis, both deceased. To Sherman W. and Lottie (Ruhl) Bixler were born two children. 1. Cora, married John Dorsey, lives at Mansfield. 2. John Jenner, married Amanda Kiester, lives in Jefferson Township. He is a farmer. They have five children: Lester, Louis, Elwood, Gladys, and Winifred. Mr. and Mrs. Bixler have an adopted son, Cloyd Leonard, who lives at Bellville He married Miss Erma Fay Darling, and they have three children: Elsie Mildred, Virgil Leonard, and Sherman Homer.

Politically, Mr. Bixler is a Republican and he has served as a member of the city council. He was an active member of Miller Moody Post, No. 315, G. A. R., and was quartermaster for 20 years. Recently, on account of decreasing membership in the Post, it was disbanded, and at that time Mr. Bixler became a member of Gen. McLaughlin Post, G. A. R., Mansfield. The proceeds from the sale of goods from the local post was used as an endowment for the Civil War soldiers burial lot in the Bellville Cemetery.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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