Biography of Ben J. Filkins
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Ben J. Filkins, who is postmaster of Wakeman, is a member of one of the oldest and best known families of Huron County, members of the Filkins family having settled here as early as 1832. He was born in Fitchville Township, Huron County, Dec. 9, 1892, the son of Elden and Elizabeth (Rhineberger) Filkins.

Elden Filkins, deceased, was a representative citizen of Huron County. He was born in Fitchville Township in 1866 and received his education in the township schools. Until his retirement in 1927, Mr. Filldns was numbered among the progressive farmers of Huron County. He died at Norwalk, Feb. 21, 1930. Mr. Filkins was a Republican and served as road supervisor. He held membership in the Baptist Church at Fitchville and East Townsend Lodge, F. & A. M. Elizabeth (Rhineberger) Filkins was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, in 1868, and now resides at Norwalk. There were two children in the Filkins family: Ben J., the subject of this sketch; and Bertha, lives at Norwalk.

Elden Filkins was the son of Benjamin and Louvisa (Green) Filkins, the former was born in Oswego County, N. Y., in 1828, and the latter was a native of Ohio. Both are buried at Fitchville. Benj. Filkins came to Ohio with his parents in 1832 and settled at Fitchville. He was the son of John Filkins, who was a native of Chautauqua County, N. Y. Benjamin Filkins successfully conducted a meat business at Fitchville for many years and later was located at New London and Norwalk. He was a member of Floral Lodge, F. and A. M., No. 260, at New London, Ohio, and in 1858 held the office of senior deacon.

Ben J. Filkins received his education in the public schools of Fitchyule, and was graduated from New London High School in 1911. During 1912-13 he was in Southern California, where he was interested in the irrigation of orange groves. He then returned to Ohio and until 1916 engaged in general farming on 150 acres of land in Ruggles Township, Ashland County. He has since been a resident of Wakeman, and until his appointment as postmaster in June, 1924, Mr. Filkins was a rural mail carrier.

In 1914 Mr. Filkins was united in marriage with Miss Dorothy Dyer, the daughter of Marvin and Etta Dyer, of New London. They have a daughter, Ruth, born Sept. 25, 1918.

Politically, Mr. Filkins is a Republican. He is affiliated with Gibson Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 301, Master in 1923; Wakeman Chapter, R. A. M., No. 177, High Priest in 1924-1927; Norwalk Council, R. & S. M. M., No. 24, Master in 1930; Order Eastern Star, No. 460; charter member and Patron in 1929. He also belongs to the Tri State Postmasters Association, National League of District Postmasters Association, and Service Postmasters Association.

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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