George H. Billing
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
GEORGE H. BILLING, who owns large bodies of land in different sections of Shelby county, O., is one of the county's best known men. He was born in Franklin township, this county, February 12, 1865, and is a son of Frederick and Sarah (Knasel) Billing.
Frederick Billing was born in Germany and after coming to the United States became a farmer. He married in Shelby county, O., and there both he and wife died. They were well known and highly respected people. A family of eight children was born to them, namely: Susan, who is the wife of Samuel Hagelberger; John; Sophia, who is deceased, was the wife of Jacob M. Finkenbine; George H.; William; Louisa, who is the wife of W. J. Fogt; Lena, who is deceased, was the wife of Samuel H. Fogt; and Edward, who is a resident of Michigan. These names represent some of the best people of Shelby county.
George H. Billing secured a common school education and remained at home with his father until he was twenty-eight years of age when he started out as a farmer on his own responsibility, at first renting land from his father and afterward acquiring it for himself, although he first rented the homestead during the last years of both parents, afterward buying out the other heirs. When they died he inherited 100 acres but the purchase of the remainder of the estate cost him $1,000. He has made many improvements including the remodeling of the barn and at the present time of writing is converting the old farmhouse into a modern and attractive residence. He owns 378 acres of valuable land in Shelby county, 160 of which is located in Salem township and 218 acres in Franklin township and is one of the county's large tax payers.
In 1892 Mr. Billing was married to Miss Elizabeth Gerber, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of John C. and Catherine (Smith) Gerber, and they had the following children: Sarah, Elizabeth, Edward E., Albert, Clara, George, Henry, Charles and Anna, Charles being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Billing have three children: Leota, Raymond, and Ora. The family belongs to the Lutheran church at Anna. In politics Mr. Billing is a democrat but has not been willing to accept public office although ever an interested and liberal-handed citizen.