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John Burkhart

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 562

JOHN BURKHART, one of the leading business men of Sidney, conducting a first class shoe store, in the Burkhart block, on North Main avenue, is an experienced shoe and leather man. having been engaged in this line since 1879, when he and his brother became partners with their father, one of the pioneer business men of the city. He was born at Spring Hill. Champaign county, O., September 13, 1857, and is a son of John and Mary Ann (Berner) Burkhart. The parents were born and reared in Germany and shortly after marriage, in 1850, came to the United States and settled first at Quincy, O., but later moved to Spring Hill, and in 1865 came to Sidney. The father was an expert shoemaker, having learned his trade in Germany and continued active in business until his death in 1902. He was a successful business man; not only erected the Burkhart block on North Main avenue. but also owned the two-story brick building directly north. He left three sons: William, John and E. E., the last named serving for eight years as mayor of the city of Dayton, O.
John Burkhart was educated in the Sidney schools and among his earliest recollections are events connected with his father's shoe store in which he assisted as he grew older, and in 1879 he and brother William became partners with their father. In 1880 the firm erected the Burkhart block, a fine three-story brick building with basement, which Mr. Burkhart now owns, having purchased his brother's interest in 1904. The other real estate owned by the father is also retained in the family, being valuable property and in the heart of the business district.
At Sidney, Mr. Burkhart was married to Miss Mary Kraft, a daughter of George Kraft, and they have one daughter, Stella, who is the wife of Prof. L. J. Meyerholtz, a well-known teacher of music here and the leader of the Sidney band. As a citizen Mr. Burkhart has been public spirited and enterprising, has served usefully in the city council and was a member of Sidney's first board of public service. He maintains fraternal relations with the order of Eagles and belongs also to the Elks and is a trustee of the local lodge of this organization.

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