Harry E. Bennett
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
HARRY E. BENNETT, who is manager of The Oldham-Bennett Realty Company, and the junior partner, is one of the representative business men of Sidney, O. He is a son of Milton and Ella (Emley) Bennett, and born November 5, 1873, in Franklin township, Shelby county, O. three miles north of Sidney, on land that his great-grandfather, Nehemiah Bennett, had entered from government.
Nehemiah Bennett was born in Pennsylvania but farther back the family records have not been preserved. He married Sarah Slusser in 1817, of Franklin county and came to Shelby county in 1820. He located on a farm in Franklin township which became the family homestead. His son, Charles Bennett, was born here, October 25, 1825, and married Nancy M. Dickensheets. Their son Milton Bennett was born December 19, 1851, and married Ella Emley, their son Harry E. being born on the same homestead.
In the course of time Milton Bennett became a well-known business man and later admitted his son Harry E., to a partnership and for twelve years conducted his business under the firm name of M. Bennett & Son, dealers in gravel and sand. Milton Bennett is, at present, president of The Oldham-Bennett Realty Company, which was incorporated on July I, 1912.
Harry E. Bennett was educated in the public schools living in Franklin township until he was nine years old and then moving to Clinton township and with the exception of two and one-half years, has been a life-long resident of Shelby county. For five years prior to the consolidation of The Oldham Bennett realty interests, Mr. Bennett was associated with John Oldham in the real-estate business. He is a wide-awake business man and a great believer in the future of Shelby county.
In 1894 Mr. Bennett was married to Miss Mary Joslin, a daughter of C. R. and Lou V. Joslin. and they have two children : Ruth and Milton. Mr. Bennett is identified with a number of civic bodies for the public welfare and in every way is a useful citizen and fraternally is identified with the Odd Fellows.