William F. Billing
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
WILLIAM F. BILLING, who is one of the well known and respected citizens of Dinsmore township, resides on his finely improved farm of 170 acres, which lies one and three-fourths miles southeast of Botkins, O. He was born in Franklin township, Shelby county, and is a son of Frederick and Salome (Knasel) Billing. Frederick Billing was born in Germany, in the neighborhood of Baden, and came in early manhood to the United States and settled in Ohio. He married Salome Knasel, who was born here and they had the following children : John, George, William F., Edward, Susan, Sophia, Louisa and Lena. John married Louisa Pfaddt and they live in Dinsmore township; George H. married Lizzie Gerber and they live in Salem township; Edward married Anna Fogt and they live at Detroit, Mich.; Susan married Samuel Hagelberger, and they live at Anna, O.; Sophia and Lena are both deceased; Louisa is the wife of William Fogt and they live in Dinsmore township.
After his school days William F. Billing assisted his father like a dutiful son and following his marriage settled on his present place, about sixty acres of which he inherited, purchasing the rest. He immediately began improving and has continued until he has made this a beautiful property, with fine modern residence and substantial barns. He keeps thoroughly posted on all agricultural movements and applies new methods after being convinced that they are the proper ones to use on his land. Diversified farming is carried on and some excellent stock raised.
In 1890 Mr. Billing was married to Miss Louisa C. Bartsch, who is a daughter of Christian and Sarah (Harmon) Bertsch. The father of Mrs. Billing was born in Baden, Germany, and the mother in Franklin county, O. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Billing: Clarence E., who assists his father; Emory, who is teaching school; and Arthur, who is a high school student at Botkins. The family belongs to the Lutheran church. Politically, Mr. Billing is a democrat and is serving on the township election board. For many years he has been a school director and for nine continuous years was superintendent of roads and has also been supervisor, in all these positions performing his duties with efficiency and to public satisfaction.