Biography of Grant G. Chidsey
North Central Ohio Biographies

Grant Greenwood Chidsey. One of the most successful farmers and stockmen of North Central Ohio is Grant Greenwood Chidsey, who is the owner of "Shady Nook Jersey Farm," which is located in Medina County, two miles east of Brunswick. He was born in Brunswick Township, Dec. 28, 1869, the son of Truman and Betsy Ann (Greenwood) Chidsey.

Truman Chidsey was born in Brunswick Township, Dec. 8, 1835, the son of Norman Chidsey, a native of Connecticut, who settled in Medina County in 1835. Norman Chidsey, mentioned above, was born in Connecticut, Aug. 12, 1804, and died Feb. 13, 1876. He was married Dec. 3, 1826, to Jane Wilson Eaton, who was born in Cooperstown, N. Y., March 10, 1805, and died July 26, 1898. Norman Chidsey's mother was Lydia Nearing, born May 5, 1778. She was a daughter of John Nearing, a Revolutionary soldier. Lydia Nearing married Isaac Chidsey in 1799. He died in 1834. His wife, Lydia Nearing Chidsey, died June 13, 1842, and is buried in Townline Cemetery, Medina County.

Truman Chidsey engaged in farming and was also a stone mason and bridge builder, having completed contracts for many of the first stone bridges in Medina County. He died April 20, 1906, and is buried in Townline Cemetery, near Brunswick. Mr. Chidsey was married March 4, 1858, to Betsy Ann Greenwood, the daughter of Moses and Sally Ann Greenwood, who were natives of Medina Township. To them were born the following children: Loretta, married William Chappelle, farmer, lives at ElCampo, Texas; Grant G., the subject of this sketch; Lyman L., born Dec. 19, 1871, died Dec. 17, 1916; Jessie J., married Francis Peebles, farmer, lives in Guilford Township, Medina County; Ida Ruth, married Harvey Kraver, lives at Medina; and Bernice E., married Percy Tibbitts, farmer, lives in Brunswick Township.

Grant Greenwood Chidsey was educated in the district schools of Brunswick Township. He has always been interested in farming and stockraising and when 18 years of age purchased a 50 acre farm southeast of Brunswick, having borrowed the money and taken the title in the name of his father. It was transferred to him when he became of age, and this small farm is today part of Shady Nook Jersey Farm, which contains 233 acres of well improved land. It is recognized as one of the finest dairy farms in this section of Ohio and Mr. Chidsey has always specialized in the breeding of pure bred Jersey cattle. Products from this well appointed farm are marketed in Cleveland.

Several years ago Mr. Chidsey realized an ambition to produce a gold medal sire. In 1925 a bull which had been purchased from the Hood farm, Lowell, Mass., qualified by having three gold medal daughters from separate dams, making him the first gold medal sire in the State of Ohio. In order to qualify as a gold medal cow one must produce at least 700 pounds of butter fat in one year with a period between freshening not exceeding 14 months. This sire, "Torono of Bath," referred to above, also qualified for a silver medal. Wishing to progress still further as a breeder of fine cattle, Mr. Chidsey later secured from the same Jersey farm in Lowell, Mass., a son of "Pogis 99th," of Hood Farm, out of "Lass 89th of Hood Farm." As soon as his daughters came in milk, they were put on tests and caused this sire to qualify for a gold medal sire. Thus it was that Shady Nook Jersey Farm was the first in the State of Ohio to develop two gold medal sires. Through the wide publicity which resulted, stock from this farm has been shipped to practically all of the Southern and Western states.

Mr. Chidsey is a Republican and has served as a member of the township board of trustees, and of the school board for several terms. He has been a trustee of the United Brethren Church for a period of 25 years.

On June 19, 1901, Mr. Chidsey married Miss Bertha A. Sprague, the daughter of David and Caroline Sprague, of Brunswick Township. They are the parents of six children, as follows: 1. Elbert S., born Aug. 28, 1902, a graduate of Brunswick High School. He is in charge of laboratory work for the Ohio Farmer Cooperative Milk Association, of Cleveland. 2. Alda B., a graduate of Brunswick High School, now a teacher in the Brunswick schools. 3. Viola, a graduate of Brunswick High School, also a teacher in the Brunswick schools. 4. Myron G., born Sept. 20, 1911, is interested in dairy farming with his father. 5. Amber R., attends Brunswick High School. 6. Harold, born July 10, 1917, a student.

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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