JOHN A. HIRES.
This popular and enterprising merchant of Mark Center, Defiance county, has evidently found the key to substantial
success in life. As a business man he holds an enviable rank, while as a citizen he is highly esteemed among all
Mr. Hires was born July 7, 1857, in Marshall county, Illinois, but since his eleventh year he has been a resident
of Ohio. In 1868 his parents, Josiah N. and Louisa (Beard) Hires, removed from the old home in Illinois to Van
Wert, Ohio, and in 188o they settled in Mark Center, where they now reside. Our subject is second in a family of
five children - two sons and three daughters: Amanda (deceased), John A. (our subject), William E., Ida, Viola
(Mrs. William Wagner, residing in Mark Center with her three children - Clyde, Fern and Margaret).
During his boyhood Mr. Hires received an excellent education in the schools of Van Wert, completing his studies
in the high school. In 1882 he located at Mark Center, and for three years was employed as a clerk in a store there.
With the practical knowledge thus acquired, he started in mercantile life on his own account, and has since continued
with marked success, his fine stock of goods, and his judicious management of his business, bringing him a constantly
increasing trade. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Mark township, and Mrs. Hires owns forty acres
in the same township.
On August 27, 1885, Mr. Hires was married at Nevada, Wyandot county, Ohio, to Miss Flora M. Welty, of that county,
where her father, William Welty, is a prominent resident. Four sons have blessed this union, their names and dates
of birth being as follows: Charles O., September 26, 1887; Ray Welty, July 3, 1889; Negley, August 8, 1892; and
Fred E., November io, 1896. The parents are leading members of the Methodist Church at Mark Center, Mrs. Hires
being an ardent worker in the Sabbath school and leader of the music therein; they are also identified with the
I. O. G. T., and for two years Mrs. Hires has been Superintendent of the Juvenile Temple. Mr. Hires has always
taken an active part in movements tending to promote the welfare of the community. Since settling at Mark Center
he has been chosen to numerous township offices, in all of which he has served the public with ability and fidelity.
Mrs. Hires was born October 9, 1859, received her education at Oak Ridge, Ohio, and for six years taught school
in Vyandot county. She has five brothers and four sisters living, towit: Ellen is the wife of V. Pease, of Nevada,
by whom she has one child - Verdie; Mary is the wife of Joseph Keifer, of Nevada, by whom she has three children
- Elmer, Vioma and Loney; Louisa is the wife of Smith Gregg, of Nevada, by whom she has two sons - Albert L. and
Fred M.; Henry C. and James O. (twins) come next in the order of birth, of whom Henry lives at Boulder, Colorado,
is married and has had four children - Jessie, Grace and Alma and Howard; James Otis, the other twin, lives in
Wyandot county; Marion is married and has four daughters and one son Minnie, Lola, Nina, Chloe and There; Josephine
is the wife of Frank Morris, by whom she has two daughtersDosie and Lillie; Doctor S. F. Welty, of Hicksville,
Ohio, comes next; and Garfield is the youngest. One brother, Washington, coming after Marion, died March 17, 1894.
The parents of Mrs. Hires were married August 5, 1838; the mother died December 11, 1893. Grandfather John Welty
was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in early times. By his wife Catherine (Robrough), also a Pennsylvanian,
he had two daughters and four sons, of whom William (Mrs. Hires' father) is still living in Wyandot county, Ohio,
at the age of eighty two years. He purchased his present farm from the United States Government. Mrs. Hires' maternal
grandfather, Ezekiel Otis, a native of Ohio, married Mary Miller, of the same State, and they had three sons and
one daughter, of whom Marilla, the mother of Mrs. Hires, died in November, 1895, aged seventy six years and six
months, her death being the only one to occur in the family during the long period of half a century.
Great grandfather Hires came from Highland Germany, and the great grandmother came from Scotland. The great grandfather
settled in Virginia, where Grandfather Abraham was born and raised, and there married Lorana Peterson. They migrated
to Van Wert county, Ohio, where Father Hires was born and raised, and where he married Louisa Beard December 18,
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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