Biography of Willis Countryman
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Willis Countryman, who has been identified with the lumber business at Butler for almost 30 years, is a widely known citizen of Richland county. He was born at Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio, April 21, 1865, the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Hart) Countryman.

Peter Countryman was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Somerset County, Pa., and when a boy came to Ohio with his parents and settled at Hicksville. He served throughout the Civil War as a member of the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and participated in practically all of the important engagements of the war. After his discharge from the service, Mr. Countryman spent the remainder of his life as a farmer. He died in 1913 and his wife, who was born in Ohio, died in 1905. Both are buried at Newville, Ind. Mr. Countryman was a Republican, a member of the Christian Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. There were eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Countryman: Fred and Austin, both live at Fort Wayne, Ind.; Emma, the widow of William Barone, lives at Newville, Ind.; Willis, the subject of this sketch; Allen, lives at Hicksville; Lilly, married Henry Cover, lives at Portland, Ore.; Alta, deceased; and Ora, lives at Monticello, Ind.

Willis Countryman was reared and educated at Hicksville, Ohio, and after his graduation from high school he attended Richland Business College. He spent two years as a traveling representative for the Montpelier Hardware Company of Montpelier, Vt., and then was engaged as farm manager at Laneck, Ill. Since 1903 Mr. Countryman has been interested in the lumber business in Butler. He specializes in hickory lumber and owns large tracts of timberland in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. His largest sales annually are to the Cleveland Rule Company, of Cleveland, and the Ohio Brass Company of Mansfield. Mr. Countryman is recognized as one of the foremost lumber men of Ohio.

In 1900 Mr. Countryman married Miss Emily Russell, who died in 1917. She was the daughter of John and Mary Russell, who were natives of West Virginia. Mr. Countryman was married in 1918 to Iva Wells, the daughter of J. M. and Ida (Motts) Wells, of Freclericktown, Ohio. Both are deceased and are buried at Waterford, Morrow County, Ohio.

Politically, Mr. Countryman is a Republican, and he has the following lodge affiliations: Hicksville Lodge, F. & A. M.; Northwestern Chapter, R. A. M., No. 45, Bryan, Ohio; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, K. T., No. 21; Dayton Consistory, 32nd degree; and Richland County Scottish Rite Society.

From:
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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